Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Proposal #34: Suspending Regional Representatives

DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.

Proposed by Rich Tomasso.

  • Problem: Currently the only way to remove a regional representative from the LNC is for the state chairs within the region to make an affirmative vote to do so. No matter what the regional rep does, how disruptive they are, if they breach confidentiality or even fail to show up to meetings, the LNC can do nothing about it.
  • Solution: Allow for a significant super-majority of the entire LNC to suspend a regional representative for cause. This would follow the same process as suspending an at-large representatives, including appeal. Remove contradiction in bylaws to also allow for removing a regional rep that does not attend LNC meetings.
  • Benefits: This will provide a safety valve if the state chairs within the region cannot be contacted or affiliates become dormant and cannot act to direct the conduct of their regional representative, or if the remaining affiliates want to remove their rep but do not have a majority of active affiliates to conduct a vote. Libertarians believe our actions have consequences and officials should be held accountable for their actions. This proposal applies more consistent rules to all members of the LNC, no longer creating a special class with little to no consequences for their actions.

Bylaws of the Libertarian Party


  1. A National Committee Regional Representative may be removed and replaced only by the act of the affiliate parties which constitute the subject region. The voting procedure for the removal and replacement of regional representatives shall be determined by the regions. In the absence of any such procedures, a majority vote of the state chairs shall prevail. The National Committee may, for cause, suspend any Regional Representative by a vote of 3/4 of the entire National Committee following the same procedure for suspending a member-at-large.


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  1. Disagree, strongly. They were elected by the delegates so the LNC has no right to kick them off. Now if this proposal was for elminating regional positions altogether, and replacing them with a tad more at-large, I'd be all for it.

  2. I do not like this idea at all. The current process is appropriate. If there is a problem contacting state chairs, that's a separate issue.

  3. Horrible, horrible idea.