There are five new motions from the Rules Committee at 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 Constitution Art III, Sections 3 through 9
Text: Motion to to amend Constitution Article III, Sections 3 through 9 by inserting the language contained in the LPF Constitution Article III, Sections 3 through 9 in their entirety, into LPF Bylaws as Article III, striking the original language that was moved to the ByLaws, renaming LPF Bylaws Article III Standing Committees and Ad Hoc Committees, inserting the language originally contained in the LPF Bylaws Article III in its entirety into LPF Constitution Article III, beginning Section 3, striking the original language that was moved to the Constitution, renaming LPF Constitution Article III Officers and Executive Committee, and renumbering both.
A minor complaint: This motion, like all the new motions from the Rules Committee, 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. This is a clean-up motion. What does it clean up? It moves all the details about committees from the Constitution to the By-Laws. Since I’m not at all sure why we need some information about Committees in the Constitution, and some in the By-Laws, combining it all into one section seems reasonable. And for choosing between the Constitution and the By-Laws? I suppose that depends on what you think of Constitutions. The Constitution of the United States is very short, dealing with major structural issues of the government. The Constitution of India is incredibly long. I favor shorter Constitutions dealing with broad issues, and the By-Laws and Standing Rules there to flesh them out.
So this is an easy “yes” for me.