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 IV, Sect 5 A
Text: Motion by the Rules Committee to amend By-Laws Article IV, Section 5 A by striking some language and adding new language
Executive CommitteeChairperson shall appoint members to the Convention Committee with the approval of the Executive Committee members to the Convention Committee at least one hundred eighty (180) days before the date of the annual convention. The Executive Committee shall also notify the state party members at least ninety (90) days before the Annual Business Meeting. The Executive Committee shall assume all responsibility for the Annual Business Meeting, including but not limited to: the annual business of the Libertarian Party of Florida, hosting events, the rental of accommodations to hold the annual business meeting and all other events surrounding said meeting. The LPF will split in a 50/40/10 manner all net profits from annual business meeting with the following breakdown: 50% to the state party, 10% to the host county affiliate if in good standing, at the time of selection, and 40% to be split equally amongst the remaining county affiliated in good standing at the time of the conclusion of the convention. Otherwise the split shall be 50/50 with half to the state party and half split equally amongst all county affiliates in good standing at time of conclusion of the convention.
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. There are three different parts of the motion, all of which deal with the Convention Committee. Let’s look at each one individually.
First, the committee membership is being centralized into the Chair’s office. I’m not a fan of centralization. I would (as I’ve mentioned elsewhere) rather the Committee Chairman be selected by the Chair with the approval of the Executive Committee, but the rest of the committee membership come from the Committee Chair, not the Executive Committee. The Committee Chair has much more of a reason to want the committee to succeed than the Executive Committee. But that’s far outside the bounds of this motion.
Second, the time frame of the committee has been dropped from the By-laws. I think this is the wrong direction to go. I’d prefer that a separate convention committee be formed for each annual convention. I’d prefer that the convention committee starts the process with recommending a hotel and a date, negotiating the contract, organizing and running the convention, perform all closeout activities, and report to the Executive Committee when they’re finished. I’d also like the hotel and date be selected prior to the previous convention so that programming can include “See You Next Year…”. The end result is that a convention committee needs to be organized at least three months prior to the previous year’s convention. I don’t see how deleting the timing requirements is at all helpful.
Third, dropping the financial split requirement. This requirement (despite the fact that the Libertarian Party of Volusia County will gain some cash from it) is outdated. Conventions are not run by the County affiliates, so there’s not really a good reason to give them a guaranteed portion of the profit. (If any.) So I’m in favor of this portion.
I wonder if a motion to split the question would be ruled in order. It would make my voting much easier.
I also want to mention that I’ve got a motion for the floor that directly affects the Convention Committee, and that Greg’s motion to unify committee requirements may also affect the Convention Committee.