CAC procedural motion

LLA aunch conference February 22

Conference notes that:

  • The attempts to composite constitutional motions has been fraught with difficulty due to numerous irreconcilable and detailed proposals: we have received four full draft constitutions plus a shorter suggestion by Merseyside LLA. But there have also been many overlapping and similar suggestions contained within all of them.
  • This will make it very difficult for conference to have a clear and illuminating discussion or decision-making process.
  • Even if a single motion is approved at conference, all the other good work from other motions would effectively be lost, even if compatible with the motion that is passed.

Therefore, conference resolves:

  • To vote on a simplified composite, as compiled by the CAC in consultation with the current OG, proposing a set of fundamentals taken from all the constitutional motions, including proposals that have consensus, but also including irreconcilable proposals, which shall be treated as options within the composite.
  • To call another conference in six months time, which could consider any amendments to the new constitution and, if necessary, to elect a steering committee.

The procedure shall be as follows:

  1. Conference will consider each section of the CAC composite in turn, debating the whole section including both the consensus part and the opposing options, and then voting before moving onto the next section of the composite.
  2. In each section Conference will vote on the opposing options.
  3. The substantive document, with the options agreed, will be put to conference for ratification.

Outcome:

  1. If CAC motion is carried, the four original constitutional motions and any amendments will not be debated or voted on.
  2. If the CAC motion is voted down,
    1. The four original motions will be moved.
    1. Amendments to all four motions will be debated and voted on first.
    1. Then the motions, as amended, will be voted on against each other, with the motion that receives the largest number of votes being carried and declared the new constitution.
    1. If two motions should receive the same amount of votes, the chair casts the decisive vote.