The following process will be presented to delegates at LWVUS Convention 2018 as part of the proposed Convention Rules.

The Resolutions Committee is

  • Toni Larson, Chair (CO)
  • Helen Hutchison(CA)
  • Sondra Cosgrove (NV)
  • Amy Hjerstedt (LWVUS)
  • Jessica Lowe Minor (LWVUS)

Any questions about the process or specific proposals can be directed to the Committee at resolutions@lwv.org. Proposals can be made using the Resolution Submission Form.

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.

Resolutions may be offered by any League.

  • If the resolution addresses an issue that has arisen at least four weeks before the convention then,
  • 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.  
  • The League offering the resolution shall have registered convention delegate(s) at the time the proposed resolution is sent.

If the resolution addresses an issue that has arisen at or within four weeks of convention then

  • No later than twenty-four hours before the start of the first plenary session of the convention (i.e., by Thursday, June 28 at 8:30 am 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 www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4339033/Resolutions-Submission-Form-Convention-2018  
  • 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. 

The League offering the resolution shall have registered convention delegate(s) at the time the proposed resolution is sent.

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.