2024 Winter State Committee Proposals


Key Dates:

  • Proposals submitted by Saturday, January 20 by 11:59 PM (four weeks beforehand)
  • The deadline for comments on proposals is February 14 by Noon (72 hours beforehand)
  • Proposed amendments to proposals submitted by February 15, Noon (48 hours beforehand)
  • Request for ranking of proposals emailed to State Committee is February 15, by 10 PM.
  • Rankings are emailed back to co-facilitators by February 16 by 10 PM (14 hours beforehand)
  • Concerns about proposals are posted to the StateCom Proposal page by February 14 by 10 PM (link)
  • Fall State Committee meeting convenes on Saturday, February 17 at noon. 

Please enter your proposals below, including:


  • TITLE: [Provide a short, descriptive title for the proposal.]
  • SPONSORS: [List the sponsors of the proposal. Proposals must be sponsored by two StateCom members or a local chapter.]
  • VETTING COMMITTEES: [List the working committees that the sponsor feels are relevant to the vetting of this proposal.]
  • FLOOR MANAGER: [List the name and contact information of one person who will manage the process for this proposal. This person will be the single point of contact for receiving comments on the proposal and providing decisions such as whether to accept a friendly amendment. They must be in attendance at the StateCom meeting when the proposal is under consideration.]
  • SHEPHERD: List one person who will serve as a “shepherd” to monitor the implementation of the proposal after it is adopted.
  • SUMMARY: [Provide a short (40-word) summary of the purpose and implications of the proposal.]
  • BACKGROUND: [Provide the basic background on the proposal. What will it accomplish? Why is it written with these particular provisions? Is it critical that it be adopted?]
  • TEXT OF PROPOSAL: [Provide the exact text that will be implemented if StateCom adopts the proposal. If funds are being appropriated, specify that here. Note that text that appears elsewhere in the proposal will NOT be officially adopted when StateCom votes on the proposal.]
  • IMPLEMENTATION: [List the persons or committees that must act to implement the proposal. What do they have to do and what are their deadlines for action? This helps StateCom assess whether the party has the staff and volunteer resources to implement the proposal. It also alerts those persons who will be asked to act if the proposal is adopted. ]]
  • FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: [Describe the impacts on GRP budgeting that are expected from this proposal. Estimate total expenses or income expected from the adoption of the proposal. If this proposal will be funded through an item that is already in the GRP budget, so note. Note that any appropriation required by this proposal must be included in the TEXT OF PROPOSAL section.]
  • REFERENCES AND ATTACHMENTS: [Provide references (with hyperlinks if possible) that assist StateCom in understanding and evaluating the proposal. Attach any additional explanatory information here as numbered attachment sections.]
  • Enter the Proposal Header and Preamble here (then a second text box will appear for entry of the rest of the proposal):

Proposal to streamline decision making on event sponsorships or endorsements.

SPONSORS: State Committee member #1_Eileen Wheeler Sheehan State Committee member #2 Brian Cady


FLOOR MANAGER: John Blumenstiel SHEPHERD: Eileen Wheeler Sheehan

SUMMARY: To establish a three-person committee of officers, StateCom members, or others appointed by Statecom to make timely decisions regarding sponsorship or endorsement of coming events. This will enhance our ability to work collaboratively with like-minded organizations and build/strengthen movement cohesion while raising the visibility of the GRP.

BACKGROUND: With the crisis in American politics, there is an urgent need to build a coalition of progressive individuals and organizations to counter our decline into chaos. The GRP(GPUS) is the strongest of the progressive political parties in America. As such we carry the progressive agenda into the electoral arena. We will only be successful in this effort if we can consistently and effectively collaborate with others. To date, we have missed many opportunities to raise our visibility and play a leadership role by having a very cumbersome process of endorsing or sponsoring appropriate actions, events, etc. This proposal aims to counter that by creating a small numbered committee that could within days review various opportunities for endorsements/sponsorships by GRP. Those seeking such would reach out to these three members, and present through a developed format a proposal for participation. The members would consult with the proposer and one another and determine a "yea" or "nay" decision for the proposer to inform the requesting organization. I believe this to be of maximum importance for the growth of the party through the expansion of our collaborative engagements.

TEXT OF PROPOSAL: The proposal is as follows: The Statecom will establish a set of guidelines ( proposed guidelines accompany this proposal below) to be utilized in determining if we should be endorsing or sponsoring a future event, action, candidate, or other possibilities to participate in such as requested by other organizations. Furthermore, the Statecom will annually establish a three-person committee from the membership who will respond to such proposals with "yea" or "nay" decisions on the requests in a timely manner. The decision-making would be made by either a three-person consensus or a 2/3 vote ( TBD by Statecom in the initial guidelines) and a decision shared with the initial proposer who will communicate the decision to the requesting organization.

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