The chair of the Credentials Committee reported 641 voting delegates registered.
PRESENTATION OF THE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE
Barbara Zia, chair, presented the report of the Resolutions Committee.
PRESENTATION OF THE PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE
Janis McMillen, chair, presented the report of the Program Planning Committee.
NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE 2012-2014 BIENNIUM
Motion to adopt a concurrence with the Sentencing Policy position of the LWVDC as follows: Sentencing Policy: The LWVUS believes alternatives to imprisonment should be explored and utilized, taking into consideration the circumstances and nature of the crime. The LWVUS opposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.
Motion #33045, LWVUS Board
Motion to adopt the LWVUS Board recommended comprehensive program to educate members and communities on the issue of campaign finance in order to inform our education and legislative efforts as needed.
Motion #91440, LWVUS Board
Motion to retain all other current LWVUS Positions in the areas of Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, and Social Policy.
Motion #91488, LWVUS Board
The following motions for consideration were not voted upon until all had been presented.
Motion to move that the LWVUS adopt a study in support of violence reduction in the United States and the establishment of a cabinet level Department of Peace.
Motion #86028, LWV of Southeast Missouri
Motion to move consideration of the not recommended item "a new study on human trafficking."
Motion #49451, LWV of the Montclair Area, NJ
Motion DEFEATED by Card vote: Yes = 243; No = 320; Incorrect Votes = 2
Motion to consider a not-recommended study of the impacts of corporate personhood and the premise that money equals speech. The study will identify and evaluate strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good and determine ramifications the Citizens United decision has on the principles and positions of LWVUS.
Motion #32150, LWV of Clallam County, WA
Motion DEFEATED by Card Vote: Yes = 280; No = 283
Motion to move consideration of review and update of the LWVUS agriculture position, approved in 1988. Such a review would investigate genetic modification, consolidation in the food industry, money in the regulatory process, and the consumer's right to accurate and comprehensive food labeling.
Motion #33133, LWV of Chester County, PA
Motion to move that the LWVUS adopt a study on drug policy in addition to the concurrence that is being considered on the support of alternative sentencing and opposition to mandatory minimums for drug offenses.
Motion #34848, LWV of Stillwater, OK
Motion to amend Motion #61206: Move consideration of a study of Nuclear Power as an alternative energy source.
Motion #41233, LWV of Lee County, FL
The following motions on Resolutions were introduced to the Convention delegates for consideration in the Monday plenary session.
Motion to move consideration: We, the representatives of local and state Leagues assembled at the 2012 LWVUS Convention, call upon the LWVUS Board to advocate strongly for all appropriate, duly-considered measures which may include, but are not limited to, a constitutional amendment and which: are consistent with our current positions on campaign finance reform and individual liberties; allow Congress and the States to set reasonable regulations on campaign contributions and expenditures; and ensure that elections are determined by the voters.
Motion #36833, LWV of Greater Haverhill, MA
Motion to move by resolution: the delegates of this 2012 Convention of LWVUS indicate their support of violence reduction and the aim of a peaceful future.
Motion #33933, LWV of Southeast Missouri
Motion Ruled out of order. Ruling appealed. Chair Sustained.
PRESENTATION OF LWVUS TREASURER’S REPORT
Susan Wilson, LWVUS Secretary/Treasurer, presented the report of the Treasurer.
PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED FY 2012-2014 LWVUS/EF BUDGETS
Sandra Powell, LWVUS Budget Committee Chair, presented the proposed LWVUS/EF FY2012-2014 Budgets.
Motion to adopt a PMP rate of $31.00 for the fiscal biennium 2012-2014.
Motion #13498, LWVUS Board
Motion to adopt the proposed LWVUS budget for FY 12-14 as presented on pages 40 in the Convention Booklet.
Motion #91671, LWVUS Board
PROPOSED 2012-2014 LWVUS BYLAWS
Marlene O’Brien, Chair of the LWVUS Bylaws Committee, presented the proposed 2012-2014 LWVUS Bylaws.
Motion to move that Bylaws Proposal #2 (as presented on pages 47-48 of the Convention Program & Workbook) be adopted.
Motion #00660, LWVUS Board
Motion to move that Bylaws Proposal #3 (as presented on page 48 of the Convention Program & Workbook) be adopted.
Motion #00735, LWVUS Board
Motion to move that Bylaws Proposal #4 (as presented on pages 48-49 of the Convention Program & Workbook) be adopted.
Motion #00776, LWVUS Board
Motion to amend motion 776 to strike the language in section C and D beginning "with a position statement...of another league."
Motion #59771, LWV of Washington
Delegates voted to recess. Bylaws discussion and debate will resume during Monday’s plenary session.