Convention Resolutions

Rule 10

A. Procedure for Proposed Program
At the Sunday Plenary meeting, the proposed LWVUS Program for 2008-2010 shall be moved for adoption by a member of the LWVUS Board. There may be questions for clarification, with responses limited to one minute each, but no additional motions or debate are in order at this time. Debate on the proposed program may take place at the Sunday plenary meeting at a time designated by the President and may continue during the Monday plenary meeting.

B. Procedure for Considering Not-Recommended Program Items:

  1. At the Sunday plenary session, any League may move for consideration of not-recommended Program items. Presentations shall be limited to one minute. There may be questions for clarification, with responses limited to one minute each, but no additional motions or debate are in order at this time. If a not-recommended item is moved for consideration, any delegate may request a statement from the LWVUS board, limited to one minute, giving the reasons for not recommending the item.
  2. After all not-recommended items have been moved for consideration, a vote for consideration of each shall take place in the order in which the items were moved for consideration. A majority vote is required to consider a not-recommended item.
  3. Debate and action on not-recommended Program items shall take place at the same time as debate and action on the proposed program.

C. Procedure for Concurrence at Convention:

  1. Proposals for concurrence at convention may be moved for adoption at the Sunday plenary meeting.
  2. Debate and action on proposals for concurrence motions shall take place at the same time as debate and action on proposed program. A two-thirds vote is required to adopt the concurrence statement.

D. Procedure for Adoption of Program

  1. Action on the proposed program, concurrence proposals, and any not-recommended program items, voted for consideration by the delegates and moved for adoption, shall take place at the Monday plenary meeting.
  2. A majority vote is required to adopt proposed program, including any not recommended items. A two thirds majority is required to adopt a concurrence on the convention floor.

Rule 10.1 Procedure for Resolutions:

  1. Resolutions may be presented for consideration.
  2. In order to present a resolution:
    1. The language of the resolution shall have been sent to all leagues by the maker of the resolution at least four weeks prior to convention.
    2. The maker of the resolution shall be a registered Convention delegate at the time that notice of the resolution is sent.
    3. The notice of the resolution shall include:
      1. Background information including the pros and cons of the issue presented by the resolution.
      2. Explanation of the rationale for using this form of member understanding and agreement.
  3. Four weeks prior to Convention, the President of the LWVUS Board of Directors shall appoint a resolutions committee consisting of two members of the LWVUS Board of Directors and three registered convention delegates who have either served on the LWVUS Board or a state League board. The parliamentarian shall serve as an ad hoc member of the committee.
  4. The Resolutions Committee shall meet on Saturday to consider whether resolutions meeting the conditions described above also meet the following criteria:
    1. The resolution is consistent with existing League Principles and positions;
    2. The resolution does not circumvent the Program Planning process,
    3. The resolution involves specific, single, short-term action,
    4. The resolution addresses a topical issue,
    5. The resolution is likely to have a measurable impact on the outcome of the matter which is the subject of the resolution,
    6. The maker of the resolution has secured permission of any League whose member of Congress is the target of the resolution, and
    7. The resolution can be implemented within existing resources of the League.
      The maker of the resolution may make a presentation to the committee.
  5. The Resolutions Committee shall make a written report of its findings. The chair of the Resolutions Committee shall announce the committee’s findings to the Convention at the outset of the Sunday plenary and the written report shall be posted and distributed for consideration of the delegates.
  6. Motions to adopt resolutions must be made at the Sunday plenary. The President may rule a motion out of order. The delegates may override, by a two-thirds vote, the decision of the President regarding the motions.
  7. Debate and action on resolutions shall take place immediately after action and debate on proposed program. A majority vote is required to adopt a resolution.