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Proposal Details

Proposal ID1065
ProposalSustain the SC decision to add Proposal 1064 to the voting queue
PresenterNational Committee
Floor ManagerAhmed Eltouny
Discussion08/25/2021 - 08/26/2021
Voting08/27/2021 - 08/29/2021
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum52 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


On August 24, 2021 an appeal of the steering committee's decision to add proposal 1064 to the voting queue was filed and properly cosponsored by delegates of TX, IL, IA, NY, and VA along with alternates of CO and OR.

Details of the appeal can be found in the references.


Shall the body sustain the decision of the Steering Committee to add proposal 1064 to the voting queue.


Please note:

A *YES* vote is a vote to sustain the steering committee's decision. A majority *YES* vote will keep the proposal in the voting queue.

A *NO* vote is a vote to reverse the steering committee's decision. A majority *NO* vote will remove the proposal from the voting queue.

The proposal requires a simple majority for quorum but the software only allows for 2/3. The proposal may pass but reported as having failed.


Comments from Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, Alternate, GPCO
According to the GPUS Rules and Procedures, proposals must fit the criteria per 6-5.1(c), that the proposal "is within the scope of the sponsoring committee or network, if sponsored by a committee or network."
  Further, 6-2.4 Proposals which seek to modify the scope or powers of a committee or network must come in the form of an amendment to their Mission Statement.
  It is outside of the scope of any state party to attempt to restrict another state party's right to appoint any of their duly recognized members to any committee, caucus, group or events.
  Most of the people named in the proposal are not presently members of any GPUS working committees or caucuses.
  As a decentralized party, we recognize the autonomy of every state party or caucus, and GPUS must fix the bylaws with a binding code of conduct and appropriate sanctions FIRST, to apply globally and not to just a few individuals, whose actions are admittedly quite damaging and disruptive.
  While I agree with the core sentiment of the proposal, its passage would create a very slippery slope that would open the door to personal conflicts being politicized.

Comments from Holly Hart, Delegate, Iowa
Among a number of issues:
  Thus would interfere with or override the authority of state parties to interact with and appoint members to working committees, the NC, etc. I doubt that is going to happen in this cawe. In the past, the NC and working committees have had to deal with appointees who caused serious trouble. While I haven't supported adoption of a code of conduct, there are ethics standards that can be clear and do a great deal to mitigate or prevent attempts to derail work.
  This would override the ability of identity caucuses to determine membership and members' activities and appointments. Membership criteria have already been established for each caucus through NC accreditation vote.
  By singling out specific individuals, this also attempts to set a precedence toward establishing a definition of "membershIp" that is at odds with a national committee of a political party.

Comments from Tom Yager, delegate, GPVA
The NC set out processes to remove individuals from GPUS committees when it approved committee rules. Proposal 1064 makes no reference to the relevant committee rules that it would replace by having the NC directly remove individuals from committees. It also fails to establish a procedure in GPUS rules for its intended purpose of barring individuals from committees that they have not joined. Proposal 1064 also fails to establish a procedure in GPUS rules for its intended purpose of removing individuals from the NC.

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