Larry Nicholas proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Washington State

Larry Nicholas Proposed Motions

Changes to both Constitution & Bylaws increase the terms of office
to two years for officers, (Requires 2/3 vote to pass)

Constitution Article VI: Officers

Section 3.

Proposed amendment:

“Terms of office for Party Officers will commence after adjournment of the annual convention
in odd numbered years, and terminate after adjournment of the annual convention in the
succeeding odd numbered year
at the Party Annual Convention immediately following
certification of the vote by appointed Teller’s Committee Chair and terminate following
certification of Teller Report in the succeeding annual convention
.”

Impact to LPWA:

The current term for state officers is one year. This would change the officer terms
of office to two years, elected every odd numbered year at the annual state
convention. Also that terms do not start until after the convention is adjourned.

Bylaws Article II: Party Officers
Section A. Generally

Proposed amendment:

6. All party Officers and State Executive Committee members shall be
elected annually at the party convention

Impact to LPWA:

The current term for state officers is one year. This would eliminate officer terms
from the Bylaws and the Constitution would specify the terms of office.

Changes to both Constitution & Bylaws to restructure Regional
Directors to Representatives, (Requires 2/3 vote to pass)

Constitution Article VII: State Executive Committee

Section A. Membership

Proposed amendment:

1. There shall be eight regional representatives directors allocated to the
State Executive Committee, elected from the Party membership at the
annual State Convention in the manner determined in the Party Bylaws,
each representing a unique political or geographical region.

Impact to LPWA:

Changes the name of “Regional Directors” to “Regional Representatives”
Constitution Article X: Regional Organizations

Proposed amendment:

3. Regional organizations shall be chaired by regional director upon
chartering

Impact to LPWA:

Eliminates requirement of Regional Directors/Representatives to chair Chartered
Regional Organizations
Bylaws Article II: Party Officers
Section F. Regional Directors

Proposed amendment:

F. Regional Representatives Directors:
1. There shall be eight regional representatives directors upon the State
Executive Committee elected at the annual convention from among
qualified regional Delegates. The election will take place using a ranked
ballot and using a single transferable vote.
3. Regions may also elect one Alternate to serve as the regional
representative in their absence. The alternate will be elected in the
same manner as the representative by qualified regional delegates.

4. Regional Representatives and Alternates will be elected in odd
numbered years to serve two (2) year terms.

Impact to LPWA:

Changes the name of “Regional Directors” to “Regional Representatives” in the title
of the section and in subsection1. Adds the ability of Regions to elect an alternate
Regional Director to serve in their absence. Also changes the term of Directors and
Alternates to 2 years, elected in odd numbered years.

Bylaws Article VI: Regional Organizations

Section 2. Organizations applying for regional organization status will petition the State
Executive Committee. The petition will explicitly ratify the Statement of Principles of the
National Party and will be signed annually by no fewer than five (5) Party members
residing in that region, or 100% of party membership in that region, whichever is fewer.

Proposed amendment:

c. Regional Representative Director shall chair regional organization and
will be member of the SEC.

Impact to LPWA:

Changes the nave of “Regional Directors” to “Regional Representatives”.
Removes the requirement that the Regional Representative act as Chair to a
regional organization. Regional Representative shall remain members of the SEC.

Changes to both Constitution & Bylaws to change how officers carry
out their duties and those duties assigned, (Requires 2/3 vote to pass)

Constitution Article VI: Officers

Proposed amendment:

6. Party Officers may delegate their powers and/or duties to other Party
members upon the advice and 3/5 consent of a simple majority of
the State Executive Committee. Removal of such delegation requires
a simple majority of the State Executive Committee.

Impact to LPWA:

Changes the margin of the required vote of the SEC for Party Officers to
delegate powers and/or duties to other Party members from 3/5 to a simple majority.

Bylaws Article II:

Section E. Secretary

Proposed amendment:

5. The Secretary shall be responsible for regular communication and
publication of a party newsletter, or other online or paper publications
including the party website, with the purpose of party official
notifications news, education, and outreach. The secretary may form a
communications committee that would be responsible for these
functions but report to the secretary
.

6. The Secretary shall maintain an official website of the Party.

Impact to LPWA:

Combining subsection 6 into subsection 5 in reference to the party website.
Clarifying that official notifications will be in the party publications and website.

Allowing the secretary to form a committee to assist them with the various
publications and communication.

Changes to both Constitution & Bylaws to change definition of
voting members, (Requires 2/3 vote to pass)

Constitution Article XII: Annual Party Conventions

2. Any Party member is eligible to be a Delegate and when in attendance may vote
at convention; provided that he or she has:

Proposed amendment:

a. Paid current dues at least fifteen (15) sixty (60) calendar days prior
to that convention as determined by the State Executive Committee
or Credentials Chair; or Credentials Chair and been a member of
either the Party or the National Libertarian Party on or before the
date thirty (30) sixty (60) days before the convention; or

b. Been selected as a Delegate by a regional organization recognized
under Article X of this Constitution at least 30 sixty (60) prior to the
convention; or

Impact to LPWA:

Changes from 15 to 60 days the time before the convention that a member must have
paid dues to be a voting member at the convention. Changes the requirement for National
Libertarian Party members from 30 to 60 days. Changes from 30 to 60 days the time before the
convention that a member must have been selected as a Delegate to the state convention by a
regional organization to be a voting member at the convention.
Bylaws Article VIII: Party Conventions

Elections for National Party Conventions:

Proposed amendment:

1. All delegates and representatives to national conventions of the Libertarian Party must be
members of the State and National Parties. Further, delegates must have been paid state party
members for no less than 60 days.

Impact to LPWA:

Adds requirement that State Party delegates to the National Libertarian
Convention be a paid member at least 60 days before the state convention.

Change to the Constitution to allow for other official announcement
methods of the state convention, (Requires 2/3 vote to pass)

Constitution Article XII: Annual Party Conventions

Proposed amendment:

6. The convention date(s) and location city shall be announced in the Party’s
member newsletter and or other official publication methods designated by
the State Executive Committee
, at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the
annual convention.

Impact to LPWA:

Allows for other official announcement methods of the state convention as
determined by the SEC.