There are four motions carried forward from the 2017 Annual Convention to the 2018 Annual Convention. I’m planning on reviewing and posting on these motions as part of my review of the 2018 Annual Convention Agenda. All of these blog posts will be tagged LPF2018, so if you want to look at my thoughts on the other motions, just click on the LPF2018 tag on the right side of the page or the bottom of this post.
Title: Motion to amend By-Laws Art III, Section 2
Text: Motion by the Rules Committee to amend By-Laws Article III, Sect 2, adding language to 2A, striking all of B, C, D, and E, and adding new B, C, D, and E, striking portions of F and replacing with new language, and striking all of G.
By-Laws Article III, Sect 2 as follows:
A. No offices shall be combined and all offices shall be filled.
B. The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies of Regional Representatives, Committee Chairs, and Committee members by appointment of the LPF Chair with confirmation of the appointment as indicated by a majority of the votes cast by the Executive Committee.
C. All nominations to fill vacancies shall be submitted to the LPF chair.
D. The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies of elected positions of LPF Chair, LPF Vice Chair, LPF Secretary, LPF Treasurer, and Directors at Large as indicated by a majority of the votes cast by the Executive Committee via roll call vote.
(1) Each nominee for a vacated position listed in this section shall be offered the floor for introductions for no more than (2) two minutes.
(2) Any candidate may choose to yield half of the maximum allotted time to another candidate.
(3) By proxy introductions of candidates shall be limited to (1) one minute.
E. The LPF Executive Committee should be notified by a resigning member of the Executive Committee within seven (7) days of their resignation. If the member does not submit a resignation, their unexcused absence from three monthly Executive Committee meetings or six bi-weekly Executive Committee meetings shall be considered a resignation effective immediately.
B. The officers shall be ranked, in order, as follows: the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. The highest ranked remaining officer shall preside over the LPF and its meetings. If all offices are vacant, each Director at large in order of their seat number shall preside. If all offices and Directors at large are vacant, the Regional Representatives shall elect a chairperson pro-tempore from their ranks to fill offices as described below.
C. Every LPF Executive Committee office and seat shall be deemed vacant following the rules provided in Florida law for political party office vacancies. In addition to those rules, unexcused absence from three monthly Executive Committee meetings or six bi-weekly Executive Committee meetings shall be considered a vacancy.
D. The presiding officer shall appoint a qualified and willing LPF member to fill any vacant office or seat. The appointee shall be vested immediately with the duties and powers of the office. The LPF shall notify the Florida Department of Elections of any change in the filing certificate, including a change of officers, within five (5) days to satisfy the requirements of Florida Law.
E. If the Annual Business Meeting will occur within 60 days, the vested appointee will retain the office until that meeting. If the Annual Business Meeting will not occur within 60 days, the Executive Committee shall, at its next regularly scheduled meeting, elect a qualified LPF member to the office. The election shall be by voice vote in order of nomination. The vested appointee shall be the first nominee voted upon.
F. Any member elected or appointed to serve on the Executive Committee or other LPF committee shall be a member of the
Libertarian Party of FloridaLPF, and shall, upon request, show proof of registration with the State of Florida as a Libertarian voter in the State of Florida to vote in the LPF. G. The Chair may appoint temporary officers and at-large directors to meet State determined time limits for notifying them of the changes of Executive Committee members. These temporarily filled positions shall be confirmed at the next Executive Committee Meeting. At the request of two members of the Executive Committee a properly noticed meeting shall be called to elect qualified members to replace the temporary appointments for the entire remaining term.
A minor complaint: This motion, like all the motions being carried forward from the previous year’s convention, have crap titles. Couldn’t the motion be titled with some sort of explanation of what they’re trying to do?
Now for the actual meat of the motion. In many ways, this is just a clean up motion. For example, the motion drops the length of speeches made by candidates for an office. That’s no loss for the By-laws, and should be in Standing Rules depending on if it’s a Convention election or filling a vacant seat. The motion addresses what happens if the Chair isn’t there, or if any vacancies exist.
I would make a couple of changes. For example, in B it says “[t]he highest ranked remaining officer shall preside over the LPF and its meetings.” I would change it to “the highest ranked officer in attendance shall preside over the LPF and its meetings.” But that’s a minor change.
Also, as with some other proposals which are meant to align our Governing Documents with State Law, I wouldn’t go into detail about how that alignment is to take place. It’s not unheard of for the State government to change their laws, which would then force the LPF to change their documents. But if the documents only said “in accordance with state law” without going into detail, then it wouldn’t need to be changed if the law was changed. But again, that’s a minor change.
I don’t think passing this motion is going to make the world a better place, but it’s not a bad idea. So I’m voting in favor of it.