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Proposal ID139
ProposalBylaws Art II AM GNC, repeal defn Natl Cmte, sust mmbrs
PresenterHoward Sweitzer of Tennessee, with a second by David Mccorquodale of Deleware
Floor ManagerHugh Esco
Discussion11/12/2014 - 07/27/2045
Voting07/28/2045 - 08/03/2045
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Consens Quorum A Majority of Yes and No Votes


The existing Article I of the GPUS Bylaws is out of date and
inaccurate, dating from language passed by the Association of State Green
Parties in November 1996, and 'grandparented' into the 2001 GPUS Bylaws
when the GPUS was founded.There have been seven separate proposals to
revise Article I of GPUS Bylaws since 2010. None have passed, with the
primary outstanding concerns centering around proposed Mission Statements.
Thus this proposal includes a placeholder Section 1-3 for a future Mission
Statement, that can be considered separately upon its own merits.

Please note that in 1-1.2, revises the existing party text describing the
GPUS structure to a more accurate description. That existing text is
currently found in Article I of the Rules and Procedures. This proposal
would remove it there and put it into the Article I of the Bylaws, where it
is more logically placed.


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

Section 1.

Resolved, by the National Committee, that the Bylaws of the Green Party of the United States is amended by striking in its entirety, Article II, which reads:


1. Definitions

The term "state" as used in these bylaws shall refer to any state, commonwealth, district or territory entitled to voting representation or non-voting delegate status in the United States House of Representatives.

The term "underrepresented group" as used in these bylaws shall refer to any grouping of Greens, not explicitly ideological in nature, that has historically failed to attain adequate access to power in society at-large and/or within the Green movement, as determined by the National Committee.

2. National Committee

The National Committee of the Green Party of the United States shall consist of the representatives of state parties and accredited caucuses of underrepresented groups.

The National Committee shall be the final decision-making body of the Green Party of the United States.

The National Committee shall approve a democratic deliberative Platform process that encourages and facilitates discussion and debate among Greens at all levels, leading to voting in each even numbered year to consider amendments to revise the Platform.

The presidential nominating convention of the Green Party is the delegated decision-making body responsible for nominating the national Green Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates and approving the Green Party's national platform in those years in which it convenes"

Meeting of the National Committee and the nominating convention may be attended by Greens who are not voting representatives or delegates.

A delegate to the National Committee may cast an additional vote at a National Conference in place of an absent delegate, as long as the total number of votes cast for that state does not exceed its total allowed votes on the National Committee, or twice the number of voting delegates in attendance.

The apportionment to the various state parties and caucuses of delegates to the National Committee shall be determined by rules established by the National Committee and incorporated into a Rules document separate from these Bylaws.

3. Sustaining Membership

Individuals may become sustaining members of the Green Party of the United States by paying dues set by the National Committee on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Members of state parties shall be actively encouraged to become sustaining members of the Green Party of the United States. Sustaining members shall receive the Association's publications and other benefits as determined by the National Committee.

and inserting in its place the following:


Section 1-1 Name and Structure

1-1.1 The name of this organization is the Green Party of the United States (GPUS).

1-1.2 The GPUS is a nationally recognized political party structured as a federation of state Green Parties and accredited caucuses based on its 10 Key Values.

Section 1.3 Mission (reserved)

Section 1.4 Primary Functions

The primary functions of the GPUS are to:

1-4.1 Maintain a legally structured national Green Party federation of state Green Parties, with National Committee status recognition by the Federal Elections Commission.

1-4.2 Assist and support the development of accredited state parties and their electoral work; assist and support the development of accredited caucuses; facilitate the sharing of skills and information among Greens; and provide national sources of information about Green parties, candidates, officeholders and policies.

1-4.3 Conduct a national Presidential nomination process.

1-4.4 Approve a national Party platform.

1-4.5 Conduct relations with Green Parties internationally.


Bylaw change would become effective upon passage.




1. Assist in the development of State Green Parties and accredited caucuses
2. Create a legally structured national Green Party Federation.

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