Sponsors: Mike Heichman, Suffolk County and
Contact Info for Floor Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-265-8143
Committees Vetted: Adcom, ComCom, CDLC, Membership & Diversity, & Platform
Background: We want to grow our party. From the beginning of our party’s history in 2002, we have been overly dependent on a relatively small number of people who have carried the party on their shoulders. We all agree that we need to grow and we all agree that we need more of our members to become leaders in our party.
Sometimes, our members are prevented from being on the StateCom. Some counties are only able to elect a small number of Representatives. The fact that some of our active members are not Representatives while other Representatives are inactive is unjust and dysfunctional. As much as we can, we want to encourage our members to become active leaders of our party. The way we elect our leadership (StateCom) should reflect the values and principles of our party.
Summary: We want to encourage our members who want to be leaders of our state party, to be members of the StateCom. The requirement for being a leader of the State Party is that StateCom members agree to help with the work of our state party. We especially want to encourage and support the leadership of our members who are people of color, women, GLBTG, handicapped, low-income and youth.
This proposal is consistent with the following “10 Key Values”: Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice and Equal Opportunity, Decentralization, and Respect for Diversity.
This proposal will end the necessity of having regional conventions to elect members of the StateCom.
1. We will have a StateCom that will have a maximum of 100 members. Increasing the number above 100 would require a 75% vote of the StateCom.
2. StateCom will be a continuous body.
3. Requirements to be a member of the StateCom
A. You must agree to participate in the work of the StateCom (attend meetings, read your e-mails and if you wish, participate in the discussions, etc.)
B. You must choose at least one of the following:
i. Be a member of Adcom
ii. Be an active member of at least 1 Working Committee
iii. Be a GRP elected official or candidate
iv. Participate in the work of the GPUS
v. Be an officer (Co-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer) of a local chapter
4. Local Chapters will elect as many members as they wish to the State Comm. The only requirements are that those elected will agree to the description of requirements in 3A and 3B.
i. Local Chapters are encouraged to elect a diverse membership to the StateCom.
ii. Each member will serve a 1-year term. At the end of their term, they will be eligible for re-election by their local chapters.
iii. Local Chapters can recall their Representatives any time they wish.
5. Members of Adcom (Co-Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary, and Diversity Reps) are members of the StateCom. Adcom members are encouraged, but not required, to be members of local chapters. As long as they remain on Adcom, they will remain on StateCom. (Note: Members of Adcom will continue to be elected in the same manner.)
6. Committee Directors and Committee Co-Chairs are members of the StateCom. They are encouraged, but not required, to be members of local chapters. As long as they remain in their positions, they will remain on StateCom. (Committee Directors will continue to be elected at the annual convention. In case of a vacancy, they will continue to be elected by the StateCom. Committee Co-Chairs will be elected for up to a 1-year term by members of their committee and can be re-elected.)
7. Members elected at the MA Presidential Primary at senatorial districts will continue to be elected to the StateCom for a 4-year term.
8. Members of the StateCom who represent local chapters, who are members of Adcom, who are elected for a 4-year term during the MA Presidential Primary, and who are Committee Directors and Committee Co-Chairs will elect other GRP members to be on the StateCom. (They can be elected as long as the number of the current members of the StateCom are 100 or lower, unless the StateCom votes by at least a 75% vote to increase the number.)
i. These members must agree to the same requirements as other StateCom members (see 3A and 3B)
ii. Encouraging diversity is an important consideration.
iii. They will serve a 1-year term and will be eligible for re-election.
9. There will no longer be any StateCom Alternates. This position will no longer be needed.
10. If this proposal is passed, the appropriate sections of the by-laws will be changed.
Implementation: This new structure will go into effect after the 2013 annual convention. After the convention, the new officers will take the necessary steps to encourage local chapters to elect their Representatives, and to encourage other members to apply for membership on the StateCom (which will be elected at the Winter, 2012 StateCom meeting.)
This proposal has been withdrawn by its sponsor.
The by-laws that are to be changed are not listed with the new language.
1) Although the proposal allows for StateCom members to be elected by state senatorial districts at the presidential primary every four years (as provided by Mass. election laws), if and when the GRP becomes a permanent Mass. political party, that process has the potential of automatically sending 80 representatives to the State Committee.
2) Either the GRP believes in proportional representation, or it doesn’t. If it does, appointing additional StateCom members according to proportional representation should not be abandoned. Meanwhile, we don’t even fill the 60 proportional seats that currently exist, let alone elect more than 1 or 2 at the presidential primary. How would this proposal do any better?
3) If greater diversity is a concern, the bylaws already allow for appointing diversity representatives to StateCom. Why drop that provision?
4) One-year StateCom terms could be problematic. It generally takes a couple of meetings to get into the swing of things.
5) Confining StateCom membership to places where there are active chapters cuts off other GRP members who can be (and are currently) elected where there isn’t a local chapter. That, in turn, has the potential to spawn and strengthen local chapters.
6) We have witnessed the drawbacks of pushing GRP members into taking positions that either turn out not to be of particular interest to them or pile on too much activity and burn them out. This proposal seems to have the potential of exacerbating this problem.
Merelice, Norfolk County