The Rules and Bylaws Committee held our first meeting this past Wednesday. We adopted some basic rules for the committee, then spent the majority of the time reviewing and discussing open items and assigning owners to work on drafting text proposals for each. Assignments are as follows:
James: Code of Conduct-related text
Each owner has a target due date of end-of-day Sunday, February 3rd to provide a first draft proposal.
Questions arose during the meeting about the relationship between the State Central Committee and the statutory State Committee referred to in the RCWs, and if we needed to consider language to match possible gender-neutral positions to the statutes' "committeeman" and "committeewoman" positions. Angyl has since followed up with the state party and confirmed that we essentially have nothing to worry about. You can read details of that discussion (and get schooled on legal precedent regarding the First Amendment and regulation of political parties, as I did!) here.
Committee members are hard at work on drafts of text for open items, and we expect to make them available for early feedback this week, in time for the newly elected Executive Board's first meeting, on February 5th. We plan to solicit feedback on these drafts; watch for some feedback/discussion posts to the 43rd District Democrats Forum group on Facebook in the coming days. You are welcome of course to submit feedback via email to the email@example.com email address, as well.
Remember that proposals under consideration can be found in the Committee’s repository on GitHub. Additionally, all correspondence on the Bylaws committee's mailing list is viewable via our Google Group, here. And as always, please don't hesitate to send questions, comments, or other feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.