Summary of the Fourth Bylaws Committee Conference Call

(For your reference, it would help to have a copy of the drafting subcommittee’s report that I reference in this summary. Past summaries may be found on the Ocati forum under “Bylaws & Structure Committee.”)

We called our fourth meeting of the Bylaws & Structure Committee Monday night. Robert McDonald, the chair of the committee, announced that Nathan Withers had stepped down from the committee, leaving 29 members remaining. We did have 15 participants tonight and held a quorum for most of the evening.

Robert asked if anyone objected to holding additional meetings since we are fast approaching a self-imposed July 8 deadline for an initial report. We are having an additional meeting on Thursday, July 2, and possibly a meeting on Sunday in addition to our two regularly scheduled Wednesday meetings.

The first motion of the night proposed we adopt Article III Section 2 A on the formation of regional groups, which read:

Individual TLC members in each county in Texas may caucus together and choose by majority vote of a majority of members in that county to associate with other counties to form a single Region. All counties in a Region must share a geographic border with at least one other county in their Region, and each county may be associated with only one Region. A vote to reconsider a county’s participation with a Region shall be ordered on written demand of 20% of the TLC members the affected county, except that such a vote may not be ordered more than once every two years, unless the count of TLC members in the affected area has increased or decreased by more than 50%.

It was amended to add an exception, “A request for exceptions to this clause may be approved by the executive board on a case-by-case basis if the request originates in the county or region in question.” This was added in case less populated regions or counties that did not share a border wanted to combine into a single organization. The main objection to approving the Section 2 A was that it was overly complicated as compared to the structure of the national Campaign for Liberty. Another option was proposed to convention every two years and then elect delegates to the state convention, much like the method of was used for the first convention. It was then argued that the regional organizations already exist so it would be no more burdensome to approve the original wording.

The motion passed as amended on a voice vote.

Article III Section 2 B was proposed for adoption as written. An amendment to allow for reconsideration of regional formation once a year was not seconded. The motion passed on a voice vote.

The next motion was to approve part C. An amendment to strike the maximum number of regions that are recognized at the state convention was approved, as was the motion as amended.

Part D, Powers and Regional Organizations, was the next action. A amendment was proposed to strike any reference to a regional organization’s legal status with respect to the statewide organization. It passed unanimously. A second motion was proposed, out of legal concerns, to restrict non-TxLC members from joining local TxLC organizations. It was opposed because some local organizations may find the flexibility necessary to organize and train with non-TxLC members. The amendment to substitute was rejected.

A third amendment was proposed to strike the entire paragraph which began “Regional Organizations shall.” Some thought it better to make such a power explicit. Additionally, a roll call vote on an amendment to the amendment to send the entire issue to the legal subcommittee was voted down 56-44 percent based on SD voting strength.

The motion to strike the entire second paragraph in question was approved with 50.9 percent of the vote. The third paragraph was accepted as written.

Without objection, we then struck Section 3, Individual Non-Voting Membership.

Next was Section 4, Affiliate Membership. An amendment was forwarded to substitute these membership requirements: (1) be an organization of natural persons; (2) have organization, operation, and 2/3 of members in Texas; (3) be current on membership dues; and (4) be approved by the board of director as holding values and goals congruent with the TxLC. A further amendment, which I believe past, was made to submit the affiliate membership section to the drafting subcommittee.

A motion to reconsider Section 3 was not approved on a roll call vote of 79-21 percent. It was understood that we may revisit the issue if time allows. Section 4 was then renumbered to Section 3 and was then moved, I believe, to the drafting subcommittee.

The next section, Removal, was unanimously submitted to the drafting subcommittee.

We then moved back to the regional powers language. The motion was to add the 10th amendment aspects that had been set aside in the previous conference call until we found a more appropriate section. Instead, at approximately 9:45, we approved adjournment until Wednesday for tuning of the language.

As always, you are invited to listen in or testify at any of the meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:00.