Motion: Establish Legislative Action Standing Committee

At this point, there are sixteen motions being proposed as floor motions for the 2018 Annual Convention.  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 third change he’s proposing is to establish the Legislative Action Committee as a constitutional committee.

Type: Constitution
Title: Establish Legislative Action Standing Committee
Article: ARTICLE III Officers, Executive Committee & Standing Committees
Section & Subsection (if applicable):
Text: I move to establish the Legislative Action Committee as a constitutional standing committee by amending Article III Section 3 Subsection A of the LPF Constitution to append “Legislative Action Committee” and by appending a new Section to Article III titled “Legislative Action Committee” with the following text

“The Legislative Action Committee shall be tasked with evaluating legislation and proposing action from the perspective of the Libertarian Party of Florida Platform and goals. The committee shall review proposed Florida House and Senate bills and proposed Florida Constitutional amendments and recommend to the Executive Committee whether to support or oppose each reviewed measure. The committee shall also review existing the Florida Statutes and Constitution to recommend amendments or repeal of existing laws. Upon request from county affiliates or LPF political candidates, the committee may also review proposed and current local ordinances and charters and provide advisory opinions.”

First, there probably should be a little context for this motion.  There are currently six standing committees defined in the Constitution:

  • Candidate Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Platform Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Selection Committee

Greg’s first motion, if passed, would have made committee creation consistent, rather than defined differently for each standing committee.  Greg’s second motion would have cleaned up the language defining the Candidates Committee.  This motion creates a committee to look at proposed Florida laws from a libertarian perspective.  It would also be available for use by the county affiliates who are interested in more local ordinances.

Does this mean that the party has never looked at the legislature before?  No, they’re looking at laws and constitutional amendments now.  Buried in the Bylaws (Article III Executive Committee; Section 3 Duties; Part F(b) specifically) you’ll find the following language:

The Executive Committee shall establish a legislative review committee for the purpose of identifying Florida laws for change or repeal, and for making specific wording recommendations for use by Libertarian candidates and officers.

Greg’s motion renames and elevates the existing Legislative Review Committee to the same level, and established in the same way, as the standing committees currently defined in the Constitution.  Again, this seems like a no brainer, and I’m going to support the motion.

The only think I would have liked the motion to also do is to delete the existing clause in the Bylaws so that the committee isn’t created two different places, with two different names.  Yes, the Constitution over rules the Bylaws, but I’ll probably be proposing an amendment to the motion, adding the deletion Article III, Section 3, Part F(b) from the Bylaws.  That way we have the committee only established once.  However, whether the amendment is passed or not, I’ll be voting for the motion.

I do question whether standing committees should be established by the Constitution rather than the Bylaws.  But I’ll leave the question open for the Rules Committee, as part of my March 2018 EC meeting motion directing the Rules Committee to reorganize the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules.

 

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