PROPOSED CONVENTION 2018 RULES A motion to adopt these rules will be made at the opening plenary. Amendments may be offered at this time and require a majority vote to adopt. The rules, as proposed or amended, require a two-thirds vote for adoption. To suspend a rule at a later time requires a two-thirds vote. 

  1. Admission to the Convention shall be limited to persons displaying official badges, which must be worn at all meetings of the Convention.
  2. Only accredited delegates representing local Leagues, Inter-League Organizations, state Leagues and members of the LWVUS Board may vote.
  3. Delegates and non-voting attendees shall sit in designated areas. When a vote is in progress, the doors to the meeting room shall be closed, and no one may enter or leave.
  4. Only delegates and those authorized by the chair or the delegate body may address the Convention.
  5. In debate, no person shall speak more than once until all others who wish to speak have done so; no person shall speak more than twice on the same motion; debate shall be limited to one minute per speaker. 
  6. Each speaker shall use a microphone and announce name, League and state when addressing the Convention.  
  7. Any non-procedural motions shall be submitted using the computers provided. Each non-procedural motion shall be given a number and will be identified by that number.
  8. Only announcements that relate to the business of the Convention or the welfare of the participants shall be made. 
  9. Any candidate who is nominated from the floor shall be allowed to address the delegates for one minute immediately after his or her name is placed in nomination.
  10.  
    1. ​Procedure for the Proposed Program: The proposed LWVUS Program shall be moved for adoption by a member of the LWVUS Board. Debate and action on the Proposed Program shall take place at a time designated by the Chair. During the times specified in the agenda for Program consideration and Program debate, the Chair will divide the time equally among the program items that have been granted consideration.   
    2. Procedure for Considering Not-Recommended Program Items
      1. Any League may move for consideration of not-recommended Program items.  Presentations shall be limited to one minute. No additional motions or debate are in order at this time. If a not-recommended item is moved for consideration, any delegate may request a statement from the LWVUS Board, limited to one minute, giving the reasons for not recommending the item.
      2. After all not-recommended items have been moved for consideration, a vote for consideration of each shall take place in the order in which the items were moved for consideration. A majority vote is required to consider a not-recommended item.
      3. Debate and action on not-recommended Program items shall take place at the same plenary as debate and action on the proposed Program.
    3. Procedure for Concurrence at Convention:
      1. Proposals for concurrence at Convention may be moved for adoption at a time designated   by the Chair.
      2. Debate and action on proposals for concurrence motions shall take place at the same plenary as debate and action on the proposed Program. A two-thirds vote is required to adopt the concurrence statement
    4. Procedure for Adoption of Program:
      1. Action on the proposed Program, concurrence proposals, and any not-recommended program items voted for consideration by the delegates and moved for adoption shall take place at a time designated by the Chair. However, action on any not-recommended Program  items voted for consideration by delegates and moved for adoption shall come on a following day.
      2. A majority vote is required to adopt the proposed program, including any not- recommended items. A two-thirds majority is required to adopt a concurrence on the Convention floor.
  11. Resolutions express the will of the Convention body during the time of its convening.  The following criteria will be used to judge the appropriateness of proposed resolutions. The resolution: 
    • has complied with procedural requirements of this rule;
    • is consistent with LWVUS Bylaws, Principles, and Positions;
    • must not circumvent the Program Planning process; 
    • addresses a single, topical issue;
    • is likely to have an impact on the single topical issue; 
    • requires time-sensitive federal governmental action;
    • is consistent with the current stated LWVUS priorities; and 
    • can be implemented using existing League resources.
  12. Resolutions may be offered by any League.
    1. If the resolution addresses an issue that has arisen at least four weeks before the convention then,
      1. At least four weeks before the convention, the League offering the resolution shall send notice of the proposed resolution and its text to all Leagues and to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee (resolutions@lwv.org) using the Resolution Submission form provided online at forum.lwv.org.  
      2. The following information is required to be submitted: 
        • League name/ID and point of contact information;
        • the proposed resolution,
        • the LWVUS position on which the resolution is based;
        • background information on the issue;
        • the rationale, including the pros and cons for the resolution;
        • evidence that the issue is a current legislative priority; and
        • evidence that the issue is time sensitive and requires federal government action.  
      3. The League offering the resolution shall have registered convention delegate(s) at the time the proposed resolution is sent.
    2. If the resolution addresses an issue that has arisen at or within four weeks of convention then
      1. No later than twenty-four hours before the start of the first plenary session of the convention (i.e., by Thursday, June 28 at 1 pm ET), the maker of the resolution shall submit any proposed resolution along with the following to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee (resolutions@lwv.org) using the Resolution Submission form provided online at forum.lwv.org.  
      2. The following information is required to be submitted:  
        • League name/ID and point of contact information;
        • the proposed resolution,
        • the LWVUS position on which the resolution is based;
        • background information on the issue;
        • the rationale, including the pros and cons for the resolution;
        • evidence that the issue is a current legislative priority, 
        • evidence that the issue is time sensitive and requires federal government action, and
        • evidence why the resolution is submitted within four weeks of convention. 
      3. The League offering the resolution shall have registered convention delegate(s) at the time the proposed resolution is sent.
    3. The Resolution Committee and Process At least four weeks before the convention, the LWVUS President shall have appointed a Resolution Committee consisting of two members of the LWVUS Board of Directors and three registered convention delegates, who have either served on the LWVUS Board or another League Board.  The Resolution Committee shall meet the day before the first plenary session of the Convention to consider whether each submitted resolution meets the criteria, timing, and process requirements.  The time and location of the meeting will be announced with the Convention schedule.  A representative of the League submitting the resolution shall have an opportunity to explain the resolution to the Resolution Committee if the representative so requests. The Resolution Committee shall report its findings on all submitted resolutions and the Chair of the Resolution Committee will announce those findings to the convention. Any resolution reported affirmatively by the Resolution Committee may be moved for consideration of the convention. Adoption of a resolution requires a majority vote. During the times specified in the agenda for resolution consideration and resolution debate, the Chair will divide the time equally among the Program items that have been granted consideration. 
  13.  The minutes of the Convention shall be approved by the LWVUS Board after review by a committee appointed by the President to review and correct the minutes.