REPORT OF CONVENTION ACTION - SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
The chair of the Credentials Committee reported 633 voting delegates registered.
PRESENTATION OF THE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE
Jennifer Waggoner, chair, presented the report of the Resolutions Committee.
PRESENTATION OF THE PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE0
Pat Donath, chair, presented the report of the Program Planning Committee.
NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE 2014-2016 BIENNIUM
Motion to adopt the LWVUS Board recommended concurrence with the LWV New Jersey Human Trafficking position as outlined on p. 35 of the Convention Booklet.
Motion #54442, LWVUS Board
Motion to adopt a comprehensive three-part program combining study and review of key, specific structures of American democracy, consisting of: A study of the process of amending the U.S. Constitution; A review and update of the League position on campaign finance in light of forty years of change; and a review of the redistricting process for the U.S. Congress as outlined on p. 35 of the Convention Booklet.
Motion #54548, LWVUS Board
Motion to retain all current LWVUS Positions in the areas of Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, and Social Policy.
Motion #87577, LWVUS Board
The following motion for consideration for concurrence was voted on.
Motion to consider concurrence with the LWV Kansas position on the Living Wage
Motion #34692, LWV Berkeley Albany Emeryville, CA
LWV Kansas Living Wage Position: It is reasonable to expect government and for-profit businesses that receive tax incentives and/or other public funds to pay a living wage in order to prevent or reduce poverty and to promote self-sufficiency. Other businesses should be encouraged to do likewise.
A living wage should provide sufficient income without government assistance, for food, clothing, housing, energy, transportation, health care, education, child care, and a small amount of discretionary income.
The state should set minimum standards for a living wage for state employees. Additionally, laws should be enacted that enable communities to establish living wage ordinances for local government employees and private enterprises that receive public tax money. The LWVK opposes legislation that prohibits such local action.
The state should establish a minimum wage for all workers that adequately reflects the actual cost of living in the state, at least to the minimum level established by the federal government.
Implementation of a living wage will take time and until that goal is achieved the LWVK continues to support government assistance to the working poor. Assistance programs may include but not be limited to:
- Refundable state earned income tax credits,
- Fair unemployment insurance,
- Tax credits for child care expenses,
- Health insurance, and
- Elimination of sales tax on food.
The following motions for consideration were not voted upon until all had been presented.
Motion to consider adoption of a study on Economic Inequality which would identify the social and political impacts of economic inequality on our democracy and seek appropriate policy solutions.
Motion #35979, LWV Berkeley Albany Emeryville, CA
Motion to consider review and update of the LWVUS agriculture position approved in May 2014, focusing very narrowly on the consumer's right to accurate and comprehensive food labeling, including information about genetically modified organisms, nanomaterials, and other food, feed, or ingredients produced through the use of inadequately tested, potentially harmful new technologies.
Motion #35899, LWV of Chester County, PA
Motion that the LWVUS actively support all efforts in the US and, particularly those 15 states who did not previously vote to amend the Constitution with the ERA- Equal Rights Amendment.
Motion #37485, LWV of Nevada, NV
Motion Ruled Out of Order
Motion to move consideration of the not-recommended study item, "Alternatives to Partisan Primaries."
Motion #37276, LWV of Cuyahoga Area, OH
The following motions on Resolutions were introduced to the Convention delegates for consideration in the Monday plenary session.
Motion that the delegates approve the following resolution: The LWVUS should support a price on carbon emissions that will increase in stages, as part of an overall program to improve energy efficiency and to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, fast enough to avoid serious damage to the climate system.
Motion #58537, LWV of New Castle County, DE
Be it resolved we, the representatives of local and state Leagues assembled at the 2014 LWVUS Convention, call upon the LWVUS Board to quickly appoint the committees to review our campaign finance position and to study the process of amending the Constitution, in order to arrive at a comprehensive national action program that will support the aspirations and content of our position and mobilize our members. We call upon those committees, as well as the newly-‐formed committee on redistricting, to move quickly, deliberately and collaboratively to produce results that will allow the League, unified and strong, to participate fully in local, state and national efforts to reclaim our democracy.
Motion #72212, LWV of Massachusetts
Be it resolved, we, the delegates to the 2014 LWVUS Convention, call upon the LWVUS Board to: Strongly advocate for passage of legislation that restores voting rights in federal elections to citizens with felony convictions who have completed their terms of incarceration or who have been paroled or placed on probation; Use the resources of LWVUS to provide support to Leagues who are working to repeal state felon disenfranchisement laws.
Motion #73125, LWV of Clackamas County, OR
Delegates heard the report on the state of LWVUS/EF from Executive Director Nancy Tate.
There was a forum held for candidates running for LWVUS President.
PRESENTATION OF LWVUS TREASURER’S REPORT
Pat Donath, LWVUS Secretary/Treasurer, presented the report of the Treasurer.
PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED FY 2014-2016 LWVUS/EF BUDGETS
Elaine Wiant, LWVUS Budget Committee Chair, presented the proposed LWVUS/EF FY2014-2016 Budgets.
Motion to adopt a PMP rate of $31 for the FY 2014-2015.
Motion #87961, LWVUS Board
Motion to adopt a PMP rate of $32 for the FY 2015-2016.
Motion #91001, LWVUS Board
Motion to adopt the proposed LWVUS budget for 2014 – 2016 Biennium as presented on page 41-42 in the Convention Booklet.
Motion #88269, LWVUS Board
PROPOSED 2014-2016 LWVUS BYLAWS
Norman Turrill, Chair of the LWVUS Bylaws Committee, presented the proposed 2014-2016 LWVUS Bylaws.
Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment #2, as found on page 49 of the Convention Booklet.
Motion #89207, LWVUS Board
Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment #3, as found on page 49-50 of the Convention Booklet.
Motion #89047, LWVUS Board
Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment #4, as found on page 50 of the Convention Booklet.
Motion #89107, LWVUS Board