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Proposal ID129
ProposalProposals to GNC provide for Floor Amendments
PresenterBruce Hinkforth of Wisconsin, with a second by Howard Sweitzer of Tennessee
Floor ManagerHugh Esco
PhaseDiscussion
Discussion01/09/2014 - 12/31/2014
Voting01/31/2035 - 02/06/2035
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Consens Quorum 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes

Background

Bruce Hinkforth having moved, with a second by Howard Sweitzer,
the Committee's consideration of the following proposal, discussion
is now in order.

Proposal

To endorse for National Committee consideration, the adoption of
amendments to the Rules and Procedures of the Green Party of the
United States.

A Resolution of the
Committee on Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures
of the Green Party of the United States

Resolved, that the Committee on Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures
endorses for National Committee consideration the adoption of the
following amendments to the Rules and Procedures of the Green
Party of the United States.

BACKGROUND:

The National Committee's deliberations on business before it would be
improved by a process for the consideration of amendments arising from
the membership to proposals before the body, including those
amendments considered hostile by the proponents of the proposal.

PROPOSAL:

To amend the Rules of the Green National Committee; to provide
for a process for the introduction, consideration and resolution
of Floor Amendments to a proposal under consideration by the Green
National Committee; and for other purposes.

A Resolution of the
National Committee of the
Green Party of the United States

Resolved, that the Rules of the Green National Committee is
here amended in Article VI., related to 'Procedures for
Proposals to the National Committee'; by striking Section
6-8, related to 'Amendments by the National Committee',
which reads:

Section 6-8 Amendments by the National Committee

Reserved.

and by inserting in its place the following:

Section 6-8. Amendment to a Proposal Under Consideration

6-8.1. In order to be eligible for consideration, any
amendment must be germane to the subject of the proposal
under consideration. In order to be germane the amendment
must be closely and directly related to the main measure,
both with respect to the end to be accomplished and with
respect to the means of accomplishing the end. Any irrelevant
amendment, or amendment which is not germane to the subject
under consideration shall be ruled out of order by the Floor
Manager or facilitator. Any Delegate shall be recognized for
the purpose of challenging the germaneness of any amendment
and the Floor Manager or facilitator shall rule on each such
challenge. The determination of relevancy and germaneness
shall be according to the judgement of the Floor Manager or
facilitator. Appeals of the Floor Manager's or facilitator's
determination shall be in accordance with Section 6-10 of this
Policy, related to 'Appeals of Procedural Decisions Made
by the Steering Committee, Floor Manager or Facilitator'.

6-8.2. An amendment may be filed by any Delegate to the Green
National Committee, or by their Alternate when their State
or Caucus has communicated to the Secretary of the Party the
temporary or permanent incapacity of the Delegate to perform
their duties as a Delegate.

6-8.3. When conducting business by email, the deadline for filing
amendments to a Proposal shall be at 12:00 midnight Pacific,
on the seventh complete day of the discussion period designated
for the proposal. When meeting face-to-face, the deadline for
the filing of an amendment shall be the time at which the body
takes up consideration of the underlying proposal.

6-8.4. When conducting business by email, discussion of all
such amendments filed which seek to amend a given proposal,
shall be in order until 12:00 midnight Pacific on the third
complete day after the deadline for filing amendments for the
underlying proposal. Voting shall open immediately upon the
close of the discussion period and remain open for seventy
two hours, closing at 12:00 midnight Pacific.

6-8.5. Each such amendment shall pass when it has been supported
by the affirmative vote of a simple majority of those voting,
provided the total votes cast shall constitute a majority of
the possible votes of the body.

6-8.6. When conducting business by email, the Floor Manager shall
cause to be compiled the proposal as amended by each Floor
Amendment so adopted. The Floor Manager shall then again put
the question to the body, by publishing the proposal as amended
both on the voting application and by email to the votes list,
prior to the close of discussion on the underlying proposal.
The proposal as introduced, shall be cancelled on the voting
application, if superseded by the proposal as amended.
The question put to the body shall be on the adoption of the
underlying proposal, as amended.

6-8.7. When meeting face-to-face, the facilitator shall alert the
body of each amendment so filed and shall make such amendment
available to each delegate in printed form, or for short
amendments by projecting the text of the amendment so that it
can be viewed by each Delegate in attendance. After debate
on the underlying proposal, each amendment filed shall be
considered in turn for debate and resolution. Debate on
an amendment shall be in order for no less than five, nor
more than fifteen minutes, as designated by the facilitator,
except that the body may extend debate for a time certain,
upon a motion to do so, properly seconded, supported by a
simple majority of those voting, so long as the total votes
cast shall constitute a majority of the possible votes of
the body. After each amendment has been debated, the question
shall be put to the body on the adoption of each amendment.
When consideration of all amendments has been disposed of,
the question shall be put to the body on the adoption of the
underlying proposal, as it may have been amended by each Floor
Amendment adopted by the body.

Resources

Adoption and use of this proposal would impose additional responsibilities
on the Floor Managers and facilitators who serve the National Committee's
decision making processes and for Delegates to the National Committee, shift
responsibility around proposals to the body to encourage engaging earlier in
the process and for taking a more active role in shaping proposals with which
they have concerns.

References

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