2019 Spring Statecom Proposals

Please enter proposals for 2019 Spring Statecom meeting below.

Key Dates

  • Mar 9 Proposals Deadline (four weeks before meeting).
  • Apr 3  09:00 AM: Comments and Vetting close 
  • Apr 4  09:00 AM: Amendments Due
  • Apr 5 09:00 PM: Rankings Close

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Indexing Policies and Resolutions

SPONSORS: Josh Gerloff, Matthew Andrews VETTING COMMITTEES: Administrative Committee FLOOR MANAGER: Matthew Andrews SHEPHERD: Matthew Andrews SUMMARY: Any new policies or resolutions of the Green-Rainbow Party should be compiled in a single list online with an index of links so that they can be quickly found. BACKGROUND: In order to make the GRP more accessible to new members, and to preserve work done in the past, one top priority should be indexing any policies or resolutions that currently apply to our political agenda or operations. Currently, many of these resolutions only exist in the minutes of past meetings. There's no way to know what exists or where to find things. Members with many years of experience may remember these resolutions passing at meetings and can refer to them. But depending on the memory of a few senior members is neither reliable nor democratic. Newer members are beholden to the experience and knowledge of veteran members without knowing what came before. Solutions to perenial challenges are forgotten. Implimenting this proposal is a matter of transparency, preservation, and accessibility. TEXT OF PROPOSAL: A new webpage shall be added to our website titled “Index of Current Policies.” It shall be linked to from the current “State Committee” and “Structure of the GRP” pages. A temporary Indexing Committee made up of the secretary and several veteran members knowledgable of past resolutions will be formed. This committee will be tasked with creating a list of all current policies and resolutions on this webpage. Each entry will link to the full text, complete with any amendments incorporated. Each entry will be marked with the date created, updated (and expiring, if applicable) as well as the decision making body that took action. The committee may choose to add explanatory sub-titles if deemed necessary for clarity. The Indexing Committee shall create a list of any policies and resolutions that appear to be out of date or no longer functional. This list shall be submitted to StateCom for renewal or expiration. After a State Convention or State Committee meeting, the Shepherd of a proposal will assist the Secretary to ensure that the approved final text is posted to the Index of Current Policies webpage. Policies and resolutions that are amended will likewise be updated to their most current form. The list will be formatted in an orderly manner, like a bibliography. Text must be formatted in a way that is accessible, printable, and easy to read. Policies and resolutions that refer to other documents will be hyperlinked for easy reference. The Secretary may delegate and supervise the task of updating the webpage to a volunteer with access to NationBuilder. IMPLEMENTATION: This proposal is best implemented by a small committee familiar with GRP policies and resolutions. AdCom will be responsible for making sure the temporary Indexing Committee is making progress to complete the initial set up. Once the page is created and caught up with listing existing policies and resolutions, the Indexing Committee may be disbanded by AdCom. It will require a little extra work from the Secretary to make sure this page continues to be maintained after each meeting. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None. REFERENCES AND ATTACHMENTS: None

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A Clarified Process for Appointing people to GPUS Committees

Short title: GPUS Appointment Procedure

Sponsor: Joshua Gerloff, Secretary and Statecom member, MDVR

Contact Info: [email protected], 978-335-6650

Co-sponsor: Dan Kontoff, Statecom member

Shephard: Joshua Gerloff

Vetting Committee: Adcom

Background: Each state party must have a clearly defined process for appointing delegates to GPUS committees. The Green-Rainbow Party does not have that. How does one apply for appointment? Is there a timeline for submittal? Does your appointment expire and who needs to keep track of that? Etc.

Proposal summary: The Applicant for GRP Appointment to GPUS Committee or other external organization will fill out an application and submit at any time by posting to the StateCom business list. (Any StateCom member can post such an application at the request of the applicant.)  If less than two weeks have elapsed between submission and meeting, the application will be taken up at the next StateCom meeting/telecon. Applicant is required to attend the Statecom meeting to answer questions. Or if they can not attend in person, they can call in for a telephone interview. If consensus is not reached, a majority vote is required to approve their appointment.

Notice of appointments should go to the GP Secretary and to the committee co-chairs.  The notice should include the start month and end month of the appointment. If a state party appoints more than their allotted seats, they should say which member they want to drop.   Appointments can be no more than two years. The Secretary will notify delegates of the expiration of their term 1-2 months before the end of that term, or at the State Committee quarterly meeting before their term expiration.

Financial impact: none.

Implementation: Joshua will update the GRP Secretaries Handbook with these new responsibilities. Josh will create a post / web page / etc informing the GRP membership of this procedure with links to GPUS Committees page https://gpus.org/committees/ and an invitation to serve. Josh will set up a calendar page (or something) on the GRP website which will automatically notify future GRP Secretaries of waning appointments.

Official response from submitted

Statecom has approved the GPUS Appointment Procedure Proposal with a friendly amendment: that the application be welcoming

Thank you so much for your thoughtful consideration and input.

I will be implementing the necessary work in the coming days.

Joshua Gerloff

GRP Secretary

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