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Proposal ID432
ProposalAmendment to Eco-Action Committee PP's - Eco-Action Committee Fast Track Decision Proposal
PresenterGPUS Eco-Action Committee
Floor ManagerDavid Strand
Discussion12/21/2009 - 01/03/2010
Voting01/04/2010 - 01/10/2010
Presens Quorum34 0.6666
Consens Quorum42 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


To expedite SC endorsement of time-sensitive sign-on letters/petitions forwarded by the committee, a special fast-track approval process shall be added to the procedures of the Eco-action Committee. The Eco-action Committee's rules shall be amended in the following manner.


Modify the section of Eco-action Committee rules, entitled "3. Decisions", by inserting the header:
"A. Regular Proposals" before the following text:

"Before making a formal decision, the EcoAction Committee shall publish the resolution on its email list noting that a decision will be made. The committee shall then attempt to achieve consensus on the resolution. Following a minimum of five days, if no consensus is achieved, the committee shall be empowered to vote, and a 2/3 vote of the voting active members shall be required for passage. Each member of the committee shall have one vote. All votes will be conducted by open ballot. The co-chairs shall conduct, certify and record the tally of the votes. When the committee makes a decision by consensus, a shorter decision-making process is allowed as long as sufficient time for comments and concerns, at least 5 days, is given.

"All decisions that must be forwarded to the GPUS NC for a further decision, shall include in the EcoAction Committee resolution, a clause to that effect.

"Minority reports may be submitted as part of a resolution when requested by EcoAction committee members."

and inserting the following section after:
"B. Fast Track Proposals"

"A request by a member of the Eco-action Committee to sign a time-sensitive petition be posted to the Eco-action listserv making it clear that the sign-on requires the fast-track process.

"The request must be deemed important enough that two other committee members post their support to the listserv. Upon receiving such support, the committee secretary or one of its co-chairs shall immediately post a notice to the Eco-action listserv informing committee members that they have three days, (ending time to be clearly specified), to review the petition, discuss it, and either join in consensus to sign the petition or state any blocking concerns they may have. Notice of a fast-track decision process shall have FAST-TRACK PROPOSAL posted in all caps at the beginning of the subject line to alert committee members that their attention is needed.

"Consensus shall depend on no blocking objections being raised within the three-day discussion period, and will not be subject to quorum requirements. If consensus is reached during the three-day time period, the committee secretary or one of the co-chairs shall immediately send a request to the Steering Committee of the Green Party of the United States asking for their approval to sign GPUS to the petition, and notifying the SC that this is a time-sensitive decision that requires fast action.

"If there are any unresolved blocking concerns at the end of the three-day time period, however, the request to sign the petition is dropped and no further action is taken. Petitions being considered need to address ecological issues consistent with the Eco-action Committee's mission, and petitions signed onto need to be consistent with existing platform language of the GPUS.

"The monthly report of the Eco-action Committee to the National Committee will include specific references to the petitions being signed onto and their sponsors."




Eco-action Committee Rules: http: //

CONTACT: Tim Willard, 240-533-2399, dravidic at

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