Central Committee Minutes, 8 August 2015

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 8 August 2015

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The Treasurer’s report and proposed Constitutional amendments were distributed. The meeting was called to order at 4:36 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Mark Grannis; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 15 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 29 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 14 March 2015 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: there were some addition errors on the submitted report, approval was suspended until the next CC meeting.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanked Dave and René for hosting the picnic; he reports that we have 64 members; we have 15,935 registered voters as of 6/30/2015: that is 0.4%,we need 1%. We are on the ballot for 2016, need 1% in presidential election to retain status. We are working on legislation to change the 1% registration threshold to 10,000. In that regard, Eric Blitz notes that we need more people to write their state delegates and senators to get it to a vote. Bob thanks Eric for handling so much legislative activity. In next year’s election we will have openings for eight House, one Senate seat, and Baltimore City candidates. Delegates Robin Grammer and David Moon spoke with our group in forums last Thursday and a month ago, respectively.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments: one proposed amendment from the last meeting is to be voted up or down:
Article V, Section 7, sub-paragraph A3. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.

New Proposals for Constitutional Amendments: 

1. (Robert Glaser) Replace all instances of “Chair”, “chair”, “chairman” with “Chairman”: found in sections V4D, V5A, V5B, V7A3. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.
2. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Direct election of Chairman. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.
3. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Budget and Finance. Vote: Tabled with a 6-5 vote.
4. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Local CC’s. Vote: passes with a 6-5 vote.
5. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Voting Method. Withdrawn to reformulate.
The Investigating Committee for these proposals is Eric Blitz, Bob Johnston, Stuart Simms, Dean Ahmad, and Robert Glaser.

James Lark, LNC regional rep: thanks the Stens once again for arranging the picnic and commends Scott Spencer for serving as LNC alternate. The LNC met in the DC area in July; it adopted a new logo; is raising funds for Oklahoma ballot access, we have a fighting chance. Membership and finances have been going down for both the national and state parties, they don’t know why. Took questions.

Executive Board Vacancy: Tim Sutton resigned over time constraints. Nominated as his replacement were Shawn Quinn and NOTA; Shawn Quinn elected by a unanimous voice vote.

Finance Committee: Bob Johnston appointed Dean Ahmad, Stuart Simms, and Michael Linder to this standing committee.

Announcements: Robert Glaser has license plate applications and extra newsletters on hand, and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:31 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

[See the PDF version for new proposed amendments 2-5]

Minutes of the Investigating Committee on proposed Constitutional Amendments

The Investigating Committee of Eric Blitz, Bob Johnston, Stuart Simms, Dean Ahmad, and Robert Glaser met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland on August 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm.
Proposals 1 and 2: The committee was in favor solely because it is the language and methods detailed in Maryland law.
Proposal 4: three members are in favor and one opposed.
The Committee adjourned at 7:19 pm. –Robert E. Glaser

Minority report on Proposal 4:

This proposal should be defeated because it centralized power in the party, it and undermines the fabric of the party that has served us well for the over three decades that it has been in effect.

Under the current structure, any member of the state central committee is simultaneously a member of the local committee unless the local membership chooses not to organize. The proposal states the power to organize away from the local central committee members and akes local committee membership (should there be any), non-synonymous. It would have the following undesirable effects: It would be harder to form local central committees and it would make them financially dependent on the state party. Requiring people who have already been aproved as state central committee members from locality to again be approved as a local central committee by a majority of state central committee is not ony bureaucratic, it is insulting. As to forbidding local committees for having their own dues, it should be no more acceptable than woud be a similar rule by the national LP prohibiting the state parties from having their own dues and mandating that they depend upon the national party for their finances.

I. Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.