2017 Bylaws Committee Report

The 2017 Bylaws & Rules Committee has completed consideration of the bylaws and convention rules. The completed preliminary report is here.

All those with suggestions or comments on the report are encouraged to contact the committee chair, a committee member, or post your comments below.

For reference, the current bylaws are here and the current Convention Standing Rules are here.

Tim Cole
Bylaws & Rules Committee Chair


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  • commented 2017-07-20 20:59:00 -0400
    Erik, I personally agree – originally I proposed for the EC to set the “dues”. This would allow setting time volunteering, for example. Also would allow adjustment between conventions.
    Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions!
  • commented 2017-07-18 10:52:52 -0400
    To clarify. You don’t need to make motions here. Just enter your comments and suggestions. The bylaws committee will consider them and may include them in their final report. If they do not, then you can make your motion at the convention. Please submit it in writing and signed to the Secretary before the convention, or at the latest when you introduce it. (Brian Irving, LPNC chair)
  • commented 2017-07-18 03:36:05 -0400
    I’m loving all the thoughtful feedback here!
  • commented 2017-07-17 21:19:04 -0400
    To piggyback on what Dave said. The sole purpose of a political party is to organize like minded people in order to win elections. The purpose of winning elections is for the purpose of influencing our government (at whatever level we can). The Ds have a platform. The Rs have a platform. And we have a platform. I have no problem with Independents who choose not to choose; but if someone has chosen D or R, then by default, they have NOT chosen L.
  • commented 2017-07-17 20:46:01 -0400
    Write it up however you think best. Voting vs. non-voting member? Bottom line for me is no registered Republican or Democrat should serve on any EC at any level OR vote on our LPNC business. We should be very proud of who we are, what we do and what we represent. If somebody can’t drop an R or D then they shouldn’t be voting on the direction and business of the LPNC. There are some good Rs and Ds out there, but they shouldn’t lead or vote on our party business. Thank you Tim!
  • commented 2017-07-17 20:15:00 -0400
    Thanks for the comments, folks! We’ll be discussing them and updating the report as we make changes. See you in Lake Lure. -Tim
  • commented 2017-07-17 18:40:28 -0400
    +1 David Ulmer re: other party membership.
    +1 Erik Rausep re: membership dues amount flexibility.
  • commented 2017-07-17 16:41:28 -0400
    In the membership section I would do away with the dollar value in the bylaws this can lock us into price points that we may not want for the next two years. Also do we still accept bitcoin or any other form of payment. Leave it vague and it will cover itself. Membership values can be defined outside of the bylaws.
  • commented 2017-07-17 14:33:58 -0400
    We need to fix the membership section. You can’t be a registered Republican or registered Democrat and be a member of the LPNC. If you want, push the effective date out so people can adjust.

    I move to amend (this recommendation) to 1) insert the words “affirming they are not a registered voter affiliated with another political party” after the word “party Secretary,” 2) number the first paragraph as 1, and the subparagraphs a, b, and c, and 3) add the following paragraph 2. “This article is effective January 1, 2019.”

    1. A resident of North Carolina may become a member of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina by submitting a written or electronic affirmation to the Party Secretary that they do not advocate the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals; affirming they are not a registered voter affiliated with another political party, and; fulfilling at least one of the following criteria: a. Maintaining voter registration as a Libertarian, as long as the party is recognized by the State of North Carolina, or; b. Maintaining current membership dues with the Libertarian National Committee, or; c. Maintaining current membership dues with the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, defined as a donation of $25 in a calendar year for any purpose.
  • commented 2017-07-17 11:35:17 -0400
    Article VI. Executive Director and Staff
    Add: “5. Duties and responsibilities outlined in Article IV (”Officers") may not be delegated to the Executive Director."

    Rationale: it should be common sense, but no appointed person should ever have the authority of an elected person (or their duties and responsibilities) for which that position exists.
  • commented 2017-07-14 15:48:57 -0400
    Article III. Membership
    Add the below or something to accomplish the same:

    5. A resident registered with another political party may not be considered a member of the LPNC. An unaffiliated resident may be a member if they fulfill 2., or 3., or 4. or Article III.
  • commented 2017-07-07 12:34:53 -0400
    As proposed,

    Article IV, Section 2, # 5 calls for the Chair to “Select, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, an Executive Director…”, which might be interpreted as a requirement.

    Article V, Section 3, # 1 states “The Chair may, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, select an Executive Director…”, which is clearly an option rather than a requirement.

    I recommend that the language of the first citation above be modified to agree with the second citation, to make it clear that the selection of an Executive Director is an option, not a requirement.
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