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Proposal ID114
ProposalRules and Procedures, Amend, Platform Process
PresenterNan Garrett of Georgia, with a second by Jay Parks of Indiana
Floor ManagerHugh Esco
PhaseDiscussion
Discussion03/03/2010 - 03/17/2010
Voting12/23/2030 - 12/29/2030
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Consens Quorum A Majority of Yes and No Votes

Background

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Proposal

Section 1

The Rules and Procedures of the Green Party of the United
States, Article 6., related to "Procedures for Proposals to
the National Committee", is here amended by renumbering Section
6-1 Submission of Proposals, so that paragraphs 6-1.3 through
6-1.7 shall become paragraphs 6-1.5 through 6-1.9, respectively,
and by inserting two new paragraphs 6-1.3 and 6-1.4, to read:

  6-1.3 Each proposal to amend the Platform shall be referred
  to the Platform Committee or otherwise filed as provided by
  the co-chairs of the Platform Committee, which shall report
  back same as provided in Section 6-8, paragraph 2.

  6-1.4 No proposal to amend the Platform shall be put to the
  National Committee except as provided for in Section 6-8,
  and unless filed with the Committee not later than seventy
  days prior to the convening of the Annual National Meeting or
  Presidential Nominating Convention in an even-numbered year.

Section 2

The Rules and Procedures are further amended, in Section 6-2,
related to "Types of Proposals and their Approval Threshold
(Consens Quorum)", paragraph 1, related to questions requiring a
two-third threshold for adoption, by redesignating subparagraphs
(b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h) and (i) as subparagraphs
(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i) and (j), respectively;
and by inserting a new subparagraph (b), to read:

  6-2.1(b) Amendments to the Platform

Section 3

The Rules and Procedures are further amended, in Section 6-4,
related to "Proposal Format", by redesignating paragraphs 6-4.1
through 6-4.9 as 6-4.1(a) through 6-4.1(i) respectively, and
designating and rewriting the Section's introductory six words
as 6-4.1, and inserting at the end, a new paragraph 6-4.2,
so that the resulting Section shall read:

  Section 6-4 Proposal Format

  6-4.1 The format for proposals not intended to amend the
  Platform of the Party shall be:

  6-4.1(a) SPONSOR(S): (State Party, Caucus, Committee, or
  group(s) thereof)

  6-4.1(b) CONTACT: Primary Presenter(s) (name, phone number,
  email)

  6-4.1(c) SUBJECT/TITLE: (Goal of 10 words or less)

  6-4.1(d) TYPE OF PROPOSAL, EXPECTED APPROVAL THRESHOLD:
  (as per 6-2)

  6-4.1(e) REQUESTED PROPOSAL DECISION-MAKING TIMELINE

  6-4.1(f) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: (relationship, reasons
  and/or justification to the GPUS; presentation should be
  short and to the point, with further background provided in
  the Resource section)

  6-4.1(g) PROPOSAL:

  6-4.1(h) IMPLEMENTATION/TIMELINE/RESOURCES: (personnel,
  meetings, work hours, finances, period of implementation,
  including any sunset clause if applicable)

  6-4.1(i) REFERENCES: (Sources for readily obtainable materials
  to aid in the decision making process of voting members,
  including additional background)

  6-4.2 The format for proposals intended to amend the Platform
  of the Party shall be:

  6-4.2(a) SPONSOR(S): (Accredited Caucus or State Party)

  6-4.2(b) CONTACT: Primary Presenter(s) (name, phone number,
  email)

  6-4.2(c) TITLE: (one line title)

  6-4.2(d) PLATFORM PROVISIONS AFFECTED: (identify by chapter,
  section and paragraph each existing Platform provision
  modified)

  6-4.2(e) PROPOSAL: (providing explicitly for existing language
  proposed to be repealed or amended and for the text intended
  to replace or supplement that language)

  6-4.2(f) SUPPORTING MATERIAL: (links to resources providing
  background or justification for the proposed revisions)

Section 4

The Rules and Procedures are further amended, in Section 6-5,
related to "Steering Committee Review", by inserting at the
end of paragraph 6-5.1, a new subparagraph, to read:

  6-5.1(g) Is not subject to referral to the Platform Committee
  pursuant to Section 6-1, paragraph 3.

Section 5

The Rules and Procedures are further amended, in Section 6-8
related to "Amendments by the National Committee", by striking the
Section, which reads:

  Section 6-8 Amendments by the National Committee

in its entirety, and inserting in its place the following:

  Section 6-8 Consideration of Proposals to Amend the Platform
  of the United States

  6-8.1 In those even numbered years in which no Presidential
  Nominating Convention is held, the Platform Report made by
  the Platform Committee shall be scheduled for debate and
  voting consistent with the timeline and procedures provided
  by this Article.

  6-8.2 When making its Report, the Platform Committee shall
  recommend a Debate Agenda and a No Action Recommended Report.

  6-8.3 Motions to Amend the Debate Agenda

  6-8.3(a) Each proposal reported by the Platform Committee
  and recommended for inclusion on the Debate Agenda shall be
  entered into the voting application.

  6-8.3(b) The Debate Agenda shall be published. Simultaneously
  the No Action Recommended Report shall also be published.

  6-8.3(c) On a written motion filed within five days of
  the start of debate on the item, supported by five or more
  Delegates, from five or more States or Caucuses, the question
  shall be put: "Shall __________, the proposed amendment to
  the Platform, be removed from the Debate Agenda and added
  to the No Action Recommended Report?" The question shall be
  put to a one week vote. Should a majority of those voting,
  vote in the affirmative, the item shall be removed from the
  Debate Agenda.

  6-8.3(d) On a written motion filed within five days of the
  start of debate on the Platform, supported by five or more
  Delegates, from five or more States or Caucuses, the question
  shall be put: "Shall __________, the proposed amendment to the
  Platform, be removed from the No Action Recommended Report and
  added to the Debate Agenda?" The question shall be put to a
  one week vote. Should a majority of those voting, vote in the
  affirmative, the item shall be included on the Debate Agenda.

  6-8.3(e) Any item added from the No Action Recommended
  Report to the Debate Agenda shall be entered on the voting
  application. Any item removed from the Debate Agenda shall
  be listed as 'Canceled' on the voting application.

  6-8.3(f) Any state or caucus may object to the consideration
  of a Committee Substitute to their own proposal to amend
  the Platform. When any such motion is made within five
  days of the start of debate on the Platform, the question
  shall be put: "Shall ____________, the proposed amendment
  to the Platform, be considered by Committee Substitute?"
  If more than 50% of those voting, vote in the affirmative,
  the Committee Substitute shall be considered. Otherwise,
  the original proposal or such substitute as may be offered
  by the sponsoring State Party or Caucus shall be considered
  as a part of the Debate Agenda.

  6-8.4 Consideration of the Debate Agenda

  6-8.4(a) Items on the Debate Agenda shall be subject to two
  weeks of debate.

  6-8.4(b) At the close of debate, the question shall be put:
  "Shall _________, the proposed amendment to the Platform,
  be adopted?" Should two-thirds or more of the body vote
  in the affirmative, the proposal is adopted. Otherwise the
  proposal is defeated and debate on the defeated item shall
  no longer be in order before the body.

  6-8.5 Instructions to the Platform Committee

  For each item adopted pursuant to the process specified in
  paragraph 6-8.4(b), the Platform Committee is instructed
  to compile the amendment into the revised Platform and to
  provide for the publication of the Party's bi-annual Platform
  revision, as well as for the archival of past Party Platforms.

Resources

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