At this point, the number of motions being proposed as floor motions for the 2018 Annual Convention has gone into two digits. I may have posted most of my motions a while ago, but there are a bunch now showing up. I’m planning on reviewing and posting on as many of these motions as I can before the convention. All of these blog posts will be tagged LPF2018, so if you want to look at my thoughts on those motions, just click on the LPF2018 tag on the right side of the page or the bottom of this post.
Gregory Peele is an officer of the Libertarian Party of Florida, sitting in the Director At-Large 3 position. He has proposed a number of changes to the Constitution of the Libertarian Party of Florida. The first change he’s proposing is to standardize the way committees are set up and operate within the party.
Title: Standardize Committee Appointments
Article: ARTICLE III Officers, Executive Committee & Standing Committees
Section & Subsection (if applicable): Section 3-4, 6-9
Text: I move to make the following amendments to Article III of the LPF Constitution to standardize committee appointment requirements and terms, with new insertions underlined; and deletions of existing text struck through; and all other text remaining unmodified:
Amend Section 3 Subsection B to read
Committees and Committee Chairs shall be appointed by the Chair of the LPF with the approval of the Executive Committee, unless otherwise provided in the Constitution. Each Committee shall consist of at least three members of the party (disregarding ex-officio members) of which a majority must not be current Executive Committee members. Appointment terms shall last until the next Executive Committee election or until the committee member is removed or replaced, unless otherwise provided in the Constitution; Removal of persons on a committee shall need the approval of the Executive Committee. Actions of all Committees shall be reported monthly to the Executive Committee. Special committees created by the Executive Committee shall also follow these requirements unless otherwise provided upon their creation.
Amend Section 4 Subsection A to read
The Rules Committee will be composed of the LPF Chair, LPF Secretary, and three (3) other members of the party not on the Executive Committee,
appointed annually by the Chair to serve a one-year term. The Rules Committee shall be responsible for interpreting the Constitution based on current Florida Statutes and shall prepare and submit amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws for a vote by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting.
Amend Section 6 to read
The Platform Committee shall
be nominated by the Chair of the LPF with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee and contain at least three members whose task will be topresent a combined document of proposed changes and additions to the Party Platform at the Annual Business Meeting. It shall perform its duties to present a document as outlined in Article V.
Amend Section 7 to read
The Membership Committee shall
be appointed by the Chair and confirmed by the Executive Committee. It shall consist of at least five (5) members of the LPF with the majority NOT being members of the Executive Committee.The Committee mustinclude the LPF Secretary, who maintains the membership records, with assistance and guidance from this committee. The principal duties of the Membership Committee shall be responsible for increasing the membership in the LPF and for increasing the LPF voter registration. The Membership Committee is also responsible for recruiting members both for the Affiliate and for the LPF.
Amend Section 8 to read
The Communications Committee shall be appointed for a two-year term by a majority of the Executive Committee.The Communications Committee is tasked with developing and implementing a plan or plans to facilitate two-way communications between the LPF and county affiliates, and the LPF and other interested parties. Plan(s) should be particularly focused on effective implementation of social media technology, in addition to using conventional channels of communication. The Communications Committee shall also function as the distribution channel for LPF press releases, and perform other communications tasks as the Executive Committee may delegate from time to time.
Amend Section 9 to read
The Candidate Committee shall be appointed by the LPF Chair and approved by the Executive Committee and shall consist of at least five (5) members of the LPF.The principal duties of the Candidate Committee shall include but not be limited to identifying potential Libertarian Party candidates, directing and preparing potential candidates for review by the Selection Committee, to train vetted and approved Libertarian Party candidates for their respective races, and to identify and train campaign staff members to serve on the campaign staff for vetted and approved Libertarian Party Candidates. Should other duties of the committee arise which are not already specifically listed in this section, the Chair may make a motion as such to the Executive Committee or the LPF Chair for their approval before taking action as a committee. The Chair of the Candidate Committee shall present regular reports on the committee’s work to the Executive Committee.
There is, as far as I can tell, there is very little that’s controversial in this motion. Except for one clause of the Rules Committee, it really is just a standardization of the creation of the committees.
You might ask what changed for the Rules Committee? Of the committees discussed in this motion, it’s the only committee which currently works only for the Chair. I could easily see how this could be misused by the Chair. I doubt our current Chair would do such a thing, but relying upon the good will of future Chairs seems risky at best.
Does this mean that I find nothing wrong with the motion? Of course not; I’m picky. The most obvious part of being picky is that the last sentence of the motion (“The Chair of the Candidate Committee shall present regular reports on the committee’s work to the Executive Committee.”) is duplicative of the additional requirement for all committees to report monthly to the Executive Committee (“Actions of all Committees shall be reported monthly to the Executive Committee”). But that’s a minor point.
There are a few points where the wording could be improved. Is the part discussing the ex-officio members in a committee mean that the ex-officio members are part of the Executive Committee minority, or in a third category? If there’s a three person committee, does the fact that the ex-officio member is also a member of the Executive Committee mean that there cannot be another member of the committee from the Executive Committee? The wording could be modified to avoid this minor question.
None of which will stop me from voting in favor of this motion.