Edit: Comments are still open, but the Rules Committee has finished work on the draft of the revision. What's contained in this website is what will be presented to the Central Committee at the April 12th meeting. Amendments will be considered at that time, prior to a vote on the entire Bylaws and Standing Rules.
In the meantime, you can make comments & ask questions below each article & standing rule. We'll continue to respond in preparation for a vote on April 12th.
The Rules Committee has been working on a revision of the Party Bylaws for nearly a year. We believe we have produced a draft that accomplishes our key goals:
- Fixing old errors and contradictions;
- Simplifying confusing rules and procedures;
- Adding details that were previously omitted;
- Clarifying the language;
- Moving process items into new Standing Rules.
Where the Bylaws are “constitutional” in nature, defining the organization, establishing authorities and powers, the Standing Rules are procedures and process.
Bylaws require a two-thirds majority to amend, but Standing Rules only a majority.
Thanks very much.
On behalf of the Committee,
Chair, Rules Committee