DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.
Proposed by Rich Tomasso.
- Problem: Many delegates feel too much time is taken up with updating the Bylaws. Many delegates feel most of these updates are obvious and needed do not require hours of debate when there is a clear supermajority support for the proposals. The end result is frustration with this part of the convention business among a significant percentage of the Convention.
- Solution: Follow the same basic procedure we use for the Platform, except give each delegate the opportunity in advance to show their support for Bylaws recommendations. Signalling to the convention which ones have support and which do not, and move to an immediate vote on those showing a significant level of support.
- Benefits: This would save a significant amount of time for recommendations that have the support of the delegates saving debate time for recommendations for which there are concerns, lack of consensus or a need to debate a point.
Convention Special Rules of Order of the Libertarian Party
RULE 4: DEBATING AND VOTING -- BYLAWS AND RULES
- The Chair of the Bylaws and Rules Committee shall report each recommendation of the Committee to the Convention separately and shall have two minutes to explain the intent or purpose of the proposed amendment(s). The Convention Chair shall open each recommendation to discussion without amendment from the floor. Each recommendation shall be considered and adopted separately, with a maximum of eight minutes discussion on any recommendation. After the discussion, the Convention Chair shall bring the recommendation to a vote. If the recommendation fails, the Convention Chair shall open the recommendation to amendment for an additional 10 minutes.
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