Carried Over Motions Rules Packet


Carried Over Motions from Annual Business Meeting 2017

Motion # 2017-ABM-C-01

Title: Motion to amend Constitution Art I, Sect. 2 and 3

Text: Motion by the Rules Committee renaming the Article, striking existing Sections 2 and 3, and replacing with a new Section 2.

ARTICLE I Name & Object Purpose

Section 2. The object and purpose of the LPF is to engage in political action in the State of Florida, to serve as an affiliate organization of the Libertarian Party in national politics, and to serve as a nucleus for designated county affiliate organizations and for LPF members in matters of statewide political action.

Section 3. The purpose of the LPF is to implement and to give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles currently adopted by the LPF by:

A. Supporting candidates for national office, recruiting and supporting candidates for state and Congressional offices, and aiding local affiliates upon request.        

B. Promoting, chartering, and coordinating county affiliate parties within the State of Florida.

C. Entering into political information activities, including the promoting and securing of party members.

Section 2. The LPF adopts the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles and is organized to implement and give voice to it by: functioning as an affiliate of the Libertarian Party in national politics and engaging in political activity in the State of Florida as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements; promoting Sustaining Membership in the Libertarian Party; moving public policy in a libertarian direction by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office; chartering affiliate parties throughout the State of Florida and promoting their growth and activities; supporting Libertarian Party candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States; and recruiting and supporting LPF candidates for state and Congressional political office; and entering into public information activities, including securing LPF voters.  

Motion # 2017-ABM-C-02

Title: Motion to amend Constitution Art II, Sects. 1 and 5 

Text: Motion by the Rules Committee to amend Constitution, Article II, Sections 1 and 5, striking some sections and adding language.

ARTICLE II Membership

Section 1. LPF membership is open to any LPF voter who whoever signs the pledge: "I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals,” and asks to be a member of the LPF.

Section 5.  Certain rights and privileges of membership, including delegate status, committee appointments and observation of committee meetings, holding party office, exercise of voting rights in the conduct of any Libertarian Party of Florida business, and the right to bring business before the Annual Business Meeting, shall be available only to LPF members who are registered LPF voters in the state of Florida and shall not be available unavailable to members and officers of any other political party. registered in the state of Florida. Members and officers of other political parties registered in the state of Florida Persons ineligible for such rights and privileges may participate in discussion on items of business brought before the membership, subject to the discretion of the Chair or by a two-thirds (2/3s) majority vote of the body.

Motion # 2017-ABM-B-01

Title: Motion to amend By-Laws Art III, Section 2

Text: Motion by the Rules Committee to amend By-Laws Article III, Sect 2, adding language to 2A, striking all of B, C, D, and E, and adding new B, C, D, and E, striking portions of F and replacing with new language, and striking all of G.

By-Laws Article III, Sect 2 as follows:

A.  No offices shall be combined and all offices shall be filled.

B.  The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies of Regional Representatives,

Committee Chairs, and Committee members by appointment of the LPF Chair

with confirmation of the appointment as indicated by a majority of the votes

cast by the Executive Committee.

C.   All nominations to fill vacancies shall be submitted to the LPF chair.

D.  The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies of elected positions of LPF

Chair, LPF Vice Chair, LPF Secretary, LPF Treasurer, and Directors at Large as

indicated by a majority of the votes cast by the Executive Committee via roll

call vote.

(1) Each nominee for a vacated position listed in this  section shall be

offered the floor for introductions for no more than (2) two minutes.

(2) Any candidate may choose to yield half of the maximum allotted

time to another candidate.

(3) By proxy introductions of candidates shall be limited to (1) one

minute.

E. The LPF Executive Committee should be notified by a resigning member of the Executive Committee within seven (7) days of their resignation. If the member does not submit a resignation, their unexcused absence from three monthly Executive Committee meetings or six bi-weekly Executive Committee meetings shall be considered a resignation effective immediately.

B. The officers shall be ranked, in order, as follows: the Chairperson, the Vice

Chairperson, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. The highest ranked remaining

officer shall preside over the LPF and its meetings. If all offices are vacant,

each Director at large in order of their seat number shall preside. If all offices

and Directors at large are vacant, the Regional Representatives shall elect a

chairperson pro-tempore from their ranks to fill offices as described below.

C. Every LPF Executive Committee office and seat shall be deemed vacant

following the rules provided in Florida law for political party office vacancies.

In addition to those rules, unexcused absence from three monthly Executive

Committee meetings or six bi-weekly Executive Committee meetings shall be

considered a vacancy.

D. The presiding officer shall appoint a qualified and willing LPF member to fill

any vacant office or seat. The appointee shall be vested immediately with the

duties and powers of the office. The LPF shall notify the Florida Department

of Elections of any change in the filing certificate, including a change of

officers, within five (5) days to satisfy the requirements of Florida Law.

E. If the Annual Business Meeting will occur within 60 days, the vested

appointee will retain the office until that meeting.  If the Annual Business

Meeting will not occur within 60 days, the Executive Committee shall, at its

next regularly scheduled meeting, elect a qualified LPF member to the office.

The election shall be by voice vote in order of nomination. The vested

appointee shall be the first nominee voted upon.

F.  Any member elected or appointed to serve on the Executive Committee or

other LPF committee shall be a member of the Libertarian Party of Florida

LPF, and shall, upon request, show proof of registration with the State of

Florida as a Libertarian voter in the State of Florida to vote in the LPF.

G.  The Chair may appoint temporary officers and at-large directors to

meet State determined time limits for notifying them of the changes of

Executive Committee members. These temporarily filled positions shall be

confirmed at the next Executive Committee Meeting. At the request of two

members of the Executive Committee a properly noticed meeting shall be

called to elect qualified members to replace the temporary appointments for

the entire remaining term.

Motion # 2017-ABM-B-06

Title: Motion to amend By-Laws Art IV, Sect 5 A

Text: Motion by the Rules Committee to amend By-Laws Article IV, Section 5 A by

Striking some language and adding new language

  1. The Executive Committee Chairperson shall appoint members to the Convention Committee with the approval of the Executive Committee members to the Convention Committee at least one hundred eighty (180) days before the date of the annual convention. The Executive Committee shall also notify the state party members at least ninety (90) days before the Annual Business Meeting. The Executive Committee shall assume all responsibility for the Annual Business Meeting, including but not limited to: the annual business of the Libertarian Party of Florida, hosting events, the rental of accommodations to hold the annual business meeting and all other events surrounding said meeting.  The LPF will split in a 50/40/10 manner all net profits from annual business meeting with the following breakdown:  50% to the state party, 10% to the host county affiliate if in good standing, at the time of selection, and 40% to be split equally amongst the remaining county affiliated in good standing at the time of the conclusion of the convention.  Otherwise the split shall be 50/50 with half to the state party and half split equally amongst all county affiliates in good standing at time of conclusion of the convention.