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Adcom Chapter Alternates

Title: AdCom Chapter Alternates

Shepherd/Floor Manager/Sponsor: Administrative Committee
Co-Sponsor: N/A

Vetting Committees: N/A

Explanatory Background:
With the addition of voting representatives of local chapters to the
Administrative Committee allowing direct access between the
committee and local members the Administrative Committee has been
able to quickly respond to local situations and increased its
abilities to carry out the deecisions of the State Committee.

Despite the committee's flexibility there are times when members are
unable to attend a meeting. This can prevent quorum from being
achieved or the representative whose presents is required for a
matter that is being addressed is unable to attend.

Some representatives have asked for an alternate to be in attendance
when they are unavailable in order to ensure that the chapter is
kept up to date and fully involved.

Summary:
This proposal will change the current text of section 9.21 of the
by-laws regarding chapter representatives to the Administrative
Committee to include and define the role of chapter alternates.

Current Text:
9.21 The members of the Administrative Committee who are
representatives of officially recognized local chapters shall be
selected by whatever means each local chooses. The members chosen by
the local chapters shall be confirmed at the state committee
immediately subsequent to the state convention.

Proposed Text:
9.21 Officially recognized chapters of the Green-Rainbow Party may
select a representative and an alternate to serve on the
Administrative Committee. The representative and alternate are
selected by whatever means the chapter chooses. The chapter shall
notify the party secretary and the State Committee of their
selection. After notification representatives and alternates shall
be confirmed at the next State Committee meeting and may be seated
on the Administrative Committee prior to confirmation by a two
thirds vote of the Administrative Committee subject to confirmation.
Representatives are able to participate in Administrative Committee
discussions and vote on decisions. Alternates can participate in
discussions but are only elegible to vote in the absence of their
chapter's representative.

Financial Impact: N/A

Implementation:
Upon the passage of this proposal chapters may immediately begin
the selection of an alternate to the Administrative Committee.

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followed this page 2016-09-19 09:58:40 -0400
commented 2015-01-09 17:28:51 -0500 · Flag
The idea’s a good one and David’s observation is valid. But chapters don’t HAVE TO designate an alternate, they just “may” do so. Over the long term (hopefully not too long, if the other party-growth proposal works), this will be helpful in actually reducing individual workloads once we have people.
commented 2015-01-09 08:11:27 -0500 · Flag
concerned about potential impact on local chapters and their own resources of time and energy. It is a strain to delegate even one member of a small local to support state green-rainbow party structure, when at the same time the local’s members are trying to embody and promote the Ten Key Values actively in their own communities – two straws may be enough to break some camels’ back.
commented 2015-01-08 17:37:58 -0500 · Flag
I take ‘confirmation’ to be by StateComm. Is that right?
published this page in Winter 2015 Proposals 2014-12-19 13:14:15 -0500