The following process will be presented to delegates at Convention 2012 as part of the Convention Rules.

The Resolutions Committee referenced in the proposed rule has been appointed. They include:

 

Barbara Zia (SC) – Chair

Caroline Emmons-Schramm (FL)

Helen Hutchison (CA)

Mary Klenz (LWVUS)

Elaine Wiant (LWVUS)

 

Any questions about the process or specific proposals can be directed to the Committee at resolutions@lwv.org.

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Resolutions may be offered by any League:

A) If the resolution addresses an issue that has arisen at least four weeks before the Convention:

i. At least four weeks before the Convention, the League offering the resolution shall send notice of the proposed resolution and its text to all Leagues and to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee (resolutions@lwv.org) using the Resolution Submission form.

1. background information on the issue;

                                    2. the LWV position on which the resolution is based;

                                    3. the rationale, including the pros and cons for the resolution;

                                    4. the name of the League proposing the resolution;

                                    5. evidence that the issue is a current legislative priority;

                                    6. evidence that the issue is time sensitive and requires federal governmental
                                        action

ii. The League offering the resolution shall have registered Convention delegate(s) at the time the proposed resolution is sent.

                B) If the resolution addresses an issue that has arisen at or within four weeks of Convention:

                        i. By the end of the plenary on the first day of the Convention, the maker of the resolution shall submit any proposed resolution along with the following to the Chair of the Resolutions  
                           Committee (resolutions@lwv.org) using the Resolution               

              

Submission form (see link to download at the bottom of this page):

1. background information on the issue;

2. the LWV position on which the resolution is based;

3. the rationale, including the pros and cons for the resolution;

4. the name of the League proposing the resolution;

5. evidence that the issue is a current legislative priority;

6. evidence that the issue is time sensitive and requires federal governmental action;

7. an explanation for why the resolution is an exception to the notice provisions set out in Section A

                        ii. The League offering the resolution shall have registered Convention delegate(s)

C) At least four weeks before the Convention, the President shall have appointed a Resolutions Committee consisting of two members of the LWVUS Board of Directors and three registered Convention delegates who have either served on the LWVUS Board or another League Board.

D) The Resolutions Committee shall meet after the first plenary of the Convention (i.e., Saturday) to consider whether each resolution meets the requirements as to form, notice or exception to notices, and the following criteria:

                        i. Is consistent with Bylaws and Principles;

                        ii. Is consistent with League Program positions, and the position is identified on the Resolutions Submission Form;

                        iii. Addresses a single, topical issue;

                        iv. Requires time-sensitive federal governmental action;

                        v. Is likely to have an impact on the single topical issue as described in the Resolutions Submission Form;

                        vi. Is consistent with the current stated legislative priorities; and 

                        vii. Can be implemented using existing League resources.

The representative of the League submitting the resolution shall have an opportunity to explain the resolution to the Resolutions Committee if the representative so requests.

E) The Resolutions Committee shall report its findings on all submitted resolutions and the Chairman of the Resolutions Committee will announce those findings to the Convention at the first plenary on the second day of Convention.

F) Any resolution reported affirmatively by the Resolutions Committee may be moved for   consideration of the Convention at the first plenary on the second day of the Convention. Any motion to appeal a ruling of the President regarding the presentation of resolutions shall require a two-thirds vote.

G) Debate and action on resolutions shall take place after action on Proposed Program, Concurrences, and not-recommended Program items. Adoption requires a majority vote.

 

 

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