Proposed Rules for 31st Legislative District Reorganization Meeting
1. The meeting shall be called to order by a Temporary Meeting Chair, who shall be either the KCDCC Chair or his/her designee. The Temporary Meeting Chair:
a) shall appoint a Credentials Committee to administer sign-ins for the District’s Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs); this committee shall be comprised of members of the 31st district, to the greatest extent possible
b) shall also appoint, for the meeting, a Secretary, Parliamentarian, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Tally Chair and Committee; and
c) shall preside until a District Chair has been elected.
2. After adoption of the Agenda and meeting Rules, the body may adopt amendments to bylaws for the District Organization if it is the will of the body. Bylaws may be postponed, either to later in the meeting or to a subsequent meeting; however, until and unless such time as the District Organization amends bylaws for the 2019-20 biennium, its existing bylaws are acknowledged as remaining in effect.
3. Only District-resident PCOs elected at the August 7, 2018 primary—including those elected by virtue of being the only candidate to file in a precinct— shall be eligible to vote on the adoption of bylaws or in elections for
a) District Chair;
b) First Vice-Chair – Pierce (i.e., the office considered to be the Vice Chair of the organization for WSD purposes, even if the actual title is different; e.g., “First Vice-Chair” or “Vice-Chair for Pierce County”);
c) Two State Committee Persons, who must be of different genders;
d) Representatives and Alternates to the KCDCC Executive Board;
e) Representatives to PCDCC.
f) Second Vice Chair – King County
4. The order of election of officers may be modified by simple majority vote (e.g., to take into account positions created or removed per newly adopted bylaws) at any time prior to the election of the District Chair, provided that
a) the District Chair is elected first, and,
b) the proposed sequence includes election of all statutory positions: Chair, First Vice Chair – Pierce, and two state committee members of different genders.
5. Non-PCO members of the District Organization may vote on non-statutory officers, except the Second Vice Chair – King County, and other business.:
a) The Credentials Committee will process membership renewals and issue credentials to non-PCO members who were members in good standing of the organization at the end of the 2018 calendar year; and
b) upon completion of the last statutory officer election and prior to those officer elections and subsequent business that non-PCO members may vote on,
b.i. the meeting shall, if necessary, recess to allow completion of membership renewals and credentialing for all non-PCO members present at that time, following which
b.ii. the Credentials Committee shall report on the non-PCO members, which shall include the total number of such members credentialed; provided, however, that credentials issued to non-PCO members must be visually distinct from those issued to PCOs, and any ballots issued to non-PCO members must be visually distinct from those used for elections where only PCOs are allowed to vote.
6. The process for nominating and electing all positions shall include the following:
a) Call for nominations.
b) Closing of nominations.
c) One-minute nomination speech for each candidate, in which the order of speeches is determined by the order of nomination.
d) One-minute seconding speech for each candidate.
e) Speakers for all races may be PCOs, candidates, or other residents of the 31st Legislative District willing to publicly declare themselves as Democrats.
7. The process for adopting Bylaws shall include the following:
a) A report shall be made by the 2018 Rules and Bylaws committee outlining proposed changes to the existing bylaws;
b) At the completion of the Report of the Rules and Bylaws committee, the amended Bylaws shall be considered moved and seconded as a whole;
c) PCOs may introduce amendments to the new Bylaws;
d) Amendments to strike language shall require one second;
e) Amendments to add or change language shall require five seconds;
f) Amendments to amendments shall be out of order;
g) Amendments shall require a simple majority of PCOs present and voting to pass;
h) Amendments for housekeeping (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.) shall not require a motion or a second and may be accepted by the Chair provided there are no objections;
i) A simple majority of PCOs present and voting shall be required to adopt the Bylaws;
k) Amendments to the existing Bylaws may be considered following the above rules.
8. Uncontested candidates may be elected by acclamation. For contested elections of statutory officers, a written, signed ballot is required.
9. Persons approved by the body to be appointed to fill a PCO vacancy do not become PCOs until appointment by the County Chair, and no such appointment shall be effective prior to adjournment of the reorganization meeting. Such persons shall be treated as members in good standing of the District Organization immediately upon approval and may vote on non-statutory officers and other District business.
10. In all matters not expressly covered by these Rules or the Bylaws of the 31st LD Democrats, or by the WSDCC Charter or bylaws, or by the RCW, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, latest edition, shall govern this meeting.