Resolution #2: "2015 Omnibus Resolution - Policies for Rescinding" - Sponsored by the Research & Policy Committee

The Research & Policy Committee of the BC Green Party has reviewed the party's public policies and has found certain policies to be:

  • No longer necessary,

  • Ambiguous or unclear,

  • Erroneously worded, or

  • Impractical

The Research & Policy Committee is recommending that the attached policies be rescinded. 

See the summary of policies recommended for rescinding, along with the reasons for doing so.

See the full text of the policies that are recommended for rescinding.

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  • commented 2015-05-05 11:21:33 -0700
    Hi Terry;

    I have many of the concerns you have about “omnibus” instruments particularly after the way the Harper government has used massive omnibus bills to pass legislation without proper discussion. It is not our intention to stifle discussion however and I would be happy to address any specific concerns you have about any of the policies proposed to be rescinded.
    I should point out as well that this resolution was developed through a rigorous process involving many volunteers who have carried out reviews of our policies and made recommendations to the Research and Policy Committee.

    Bill Masse
  • commented 2015-05-04 18:54:05 -0700
    Robert’s Rules for Rescinding or Amending Something Previously Adopted

    By C. Alan Jennings, PRP

    Using the motion to Rescind or to Amend Something Previously Adopted, you can undo or change any decision your group made in the past. Nothing is forever, and that saying is especially true in the world of clubs and organizations. Last year’s good idea can turn into this year’s problem. But thanks to General Robert’s wisdom and foresight, you always have a way out!

    The motion to Rescind (or repeal or annul) is used to cancel a motion altogether.

    The motion to Amend Something Previously Adopted is used to make a change to a motion either by making a simple change or two or by substituting something else in its place.

    Motions to Rescind or to Amend Something Previously Adopted are more common than you may think. More often than not, they’re used to make policy changes. After all, policy is adopted by motion and vote, so if you want to change the policy or vacate it, you need to do so by motion and vote. When using the motions to Rescind or Amend keep these points in mind:

    The vote required, which is determined by whether there has been previous notice of the motion

    Whether any proposed amendments are within the scope of your notice

    A motion to Rescind or to Amend Something Previously Adopted

    Can’t interrupt a speaker who has the floor.

    Must be seconded.

    Is debatable.

    Can be amended. If the proposed amendment is to change the motion torescind to one of amend something previously adopted (or vice versa), you must propose the change by offering a primary amendment to substitute the preferred form for the other.

    Requires a two-thirds vote without notice, a majority vote with notice, or a majority of the entire membership with no notice.

    Can be reconsidered if it fails.

    Three possible variations of vote requirements allow you to rescind or amend something previously adopted:

    Two-thirds vote without previous notice:Suppose your organization adopts a budget proposed by the finance committee, which provided for an increase in the salary of your executive director. Then later, when new business is being considered, Ernest Pennypincher proposes to roll back all spending to last year’s budget amounts. Because this motion would have the effect of rescinding the budget just adopted, it requires a two-thirds vote.

    Majority vote with previous notice: But what if, instead of making the motion during this meeting, Ernie just gives notice that he will make the motion at the next meeting? Well, when the motion comes up at that later meeting, it can be adopted by a majority vote.

    The switch from a two-thirds to a majority vote may make a big difference because it could be easier to get a majority vote than to get a two-thirds vote. The equalizer is the requirement for notice. Because both sides of an issue have the chance to rally their troops and campaign for the result they want, the factor of previous notice reduces the requirement for a two-thirds vote.

    Meant* for this part to go ahead of above section >
    Speaking of Roberts Rules of Order the proper way to revoke past policy is to undo each separate resolution/motion:

    So a sweeping resolution to undo a bunch of things as proposed would not be acceptable.
    • difficult on cell phone to type/edit
  • commented 2015-04-26 12:04:02 -0700
    Thanks Murray for supporting our omnibus resolution.
    I supported the removal of the policy chair from PC because the PC concerns itself primarily with internal administration of the party. I supported a streamlined PC to be more effective. But we still need to have a conversation about the policy development process. That is why we want to engage membership at the upcoming AGM on this topic. We need to discuss how policy proposals can be vetted more thoroughly with membership before they are presented at AGMs. We have a lot of work ahead of us to modernise our policy development process. I hope I’ll see you at our workshop at the AGM.
  • commented 2015-04-25 08:07:34 -0700
    In the proposed bylaws, the Policy Chair has been removed from Provincial Council. In the past, changes and alterations were brought to Council by the Policy Chair for interim approval. This served as a vetting of these changes before consideration at an AGM. With PC being reduced considerably in the proposed bylaws there will be less scrutiny of Policy changes before an AGM. I strongly support how we develop policy and the work of the Policy Committee. Good Policy development was never accomplished by resolution at AGM’s. If any member has reservations about our policy changes, they can bring it to the Policy Committee for development. Knowing how the Policy Committee works, I have no reservations about supporting this omnibus motion. Going forward, I do have some concerns about vetting of the changes by a much smaller PC and the elimination of Policy Chair from the PC.
  • commented 2015-04-24 14:45:51 -0700
    As stated last year I am against Omnibus resolutions/legislation. It is a poor precedent and imitates/validates Harper’s approach to governing. Each item merits discussion and voting. I think some of those notions could be fixed up rather than abandon their intent.
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