Draft Rules for 350 CT General Assembly
- The Assembly will be ruled by a super simplified version of Roberts Rules. Those who register for the conference are entitled to vote.
- Decisions will be made by majority vote.
- The secretaries and chairs will be proposed by the assembly work group. The agenda will be approved or amended as the first order of business.
- A presiding committee that can rule on contestations about procedure and propose scheduling adjustments to keep the day on track will be approved at the opening of the conference. (This should be a group that the work group proposes and that we all agree is very fair and thoughtful and wise.)
- In general, when the vote reveals a division that is close to 50%, the chair will entertain a motion to introduce a new motion to table the item for future educational discussion and a vote at another time. It could be moved that this will be at a special meeting or at a future assembly.
- Prior to the Policy, Campaigns and Actions, and Structure and Finances Sessions, the Chair will project on a screen a list of the proposals that have come in, a proposed order of consideration, suggestions for putting clearly counter-posed proposals back to back, etc.
- In the order approved after this projection by the Chair, the discussion and voting will commence.
- Each proposal presenter will be given up to 5 minutes to present their resolution. Then the chair will take discussion. Discussants will line up at two mic stations and each be given 3 minutes. The presenter will be given a 3 min. summary and then there will be a vote. If the discussion presentations are all leaning one way, the chair can ask the body to stop and hear someone who identifies as an opponent of the proposal but there will be, in general, no artificial ordering of the discussants. The chair has the option of taking a straw poll to determine if it is time to take the vote.
- Using motions to table that would deny that a proposal get a fair hearing and discussion is not encouraged.
- Votes can be by voice. If there is doubt about the outcome of the voice vote, anyone can demand that a hand vote will be taken. Counters assigned beforehand will count.
The results of the assembly will be written up and verified as accurate at the next monthly 350 membership meeting. The report will then be distributed to the membership. New policy changes will be reflected on our website. New work voted up will carried out by committees formed or strengthened at the next monthly meeting of 350 CT.