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Proposal ID219
ProposalProposal to Clarify Terminology and Mission of Delegate Apportionment Committee DAC
PresenterGreen Party of Florida
Floor ManagerJake Schneider
Discussion04/03/2006 - 04/16/2006
Voting04/17/2006 - 04/23/2006
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Consens Quorum A Majority of Yes and No Votes



To insure that the DAC's final recommendation will truly "adhere to the
principle of proportional representation," as provided in its establishing

Present instructions provide that the DAC is instructed "to facilitate the
adoption of a more proportionate system of governance." Such system is to
"adhere to the principle of proportional representation." In recent GPUS-NC
discussion, it has been suggested that "proportional representation" may
mean anything from "One Green One Vote" to "parity between state Green
Parties." This points out the need to define "proportional representation"
before asking the DAC to begin its work. Were the DAC to begin
deliberations with such widely conflicting definitions of its mission, the
chances of arriving at a solution which will satisfy those desiring
"proportional representation" are significantly reduced.

The DAC is constituted and authorized by the GPUS-NC. The DAC must be given
clear, precise instructions by the GPUS-NC. The DAC was neither intended,
nor is it empowered, to define or redefine the terms of its mission; that
responsibility remains with the GPUS-NC. If the DAC is truly mandated to
seek a system of proportional representation, then let us say it in a way
which is clear and unequivocal, and let us say it now, before the DAC begins
its work.

The sponsors of this Clarification proposal want to acknowledge the
difficulty of the task given to the DAC. We encourage the DAC to seek a
system which will place all Greens, whether from a registration state or a
non-registration state, on as even a playing field as possible. We encourage
bylaw suggestions for the appropriate protection of states with small
Green populations and Greens with minority viewpoints within the GPUS.
This instruction is not intended to limit in any way the use of various
criteria and factors in determining a state's Green membership and real, present,
electoral strength.
The test of such factors will be simply do those factors actually and
logically reflect a fair estimation of a state's Green presence?


The DAC is instructed by the GPUS NC to work for proportional
representation, defined as a system of Green Party
representative governance providing parity between Green Party members in
all states.


Cara Campbell 954 525-4522
Gary Hecker 954 525-5903


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