Central Committee Minutes, 3 April 2004

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland
Saturday, 3 April 2004

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Vitali’s Restaurant & Pub in Edgewood, Harford County, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 10:05 am by chairman Chip Spangler. Prior to the meeting, the following were distributed: the Treasurer’s report, an agenda, the minutes of the 23 November 2003 Central Committee meeting, the existing state Program, and official recommendations by the Program Committee and individual recommendations from Roy J. Meyers III for changes to the Program.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Nick Sarwark; and Ron Kean. It validated that 29 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. Additionally, two proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 62 members.

Minutes: Robert Glaser read the minutes of the 23 November 2003 Central Committee meeting; they were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: Joe Miller reported that he has received an additional $600 bill from the law firm which is not yet shown under “Outstanding Debts.” We are receiving $325 in monthly credit card pledges. The report shows this convention’s expenses as paid. The Treasurer’s report was accepted.

Petition Drive Update: Roy J. Meyers III reported that we have reached a settlement with the Board of Elections and introduced our attorney, Scott Haiber. Scott said that he took on our lawsuit after Roy had originally filed it and filed an amended complaint on Constitutional claims: the State Board of Elections was enforcing regulations that were not properly placed into law; our fees were for court reporters’ costs (the attorneys worked pro bono). The purpose was to get as many signatures back as quickly as we could. An agreement has been signed and executed: it calls for them to review about 1600 signatures that we have identified for them; we expect that approximately 1000 of those will be validated. They have 20 days to perform the recount, leaving about 10 days from today. The Central Committee voted to thank Scott for his efforts. Roy thanked many MdLP members who assisted with the petition drive and the lawsuit, and deduced that we need about 414 additional valid signatures, depending upon the SBE results. The Central Committee thanked Roy.

Chair’s report: Chip Spangler thanked those who attended the December strategy meeting, and said that it proved helpful. The LP national convention is being held over the Memorial Day weekend. Chip announced a delegates meeting on May 8, time and place to be determined.

Delegates to the National Convention: Spear Lancaster, Steve Boone, Nicholas Sarwark, Troy Zinderman, Glenn Howard, Michael Linder, Doris Gordon, Lorenzo Gaztanaga, Susan Gaztanaga, C. David Eagle, Colleen Eagle, Keith Murphy, Dean Ahmad, Stuart Simms, Zachary Simms, Aaron Jones, Zach Jones, Steven Sass, Charles Spangler, Hadassah Aaronson, Shannon McMenamin, Derek Pomery, Anthony Spezio, Adam Schadt, and Christopher Panasuk were nominated to represent the MdLP at the upcoming LP National Convention. The slate of 25 was unanimously approved by a voice vote. Alternates shall be the Central Committee members not elected as delegates; should these exceed the 50 permitted, the Executive Board is granted authority to whittle it down to that number (by unanimous voice vote).

Executive Board Election: Charles Spangler, Roy J. Meyers III, Robert Glaser, Joseph Miller, Jr., Steven Sass, Robert Johnston III, and Christopher Panasuk were nominated. Each was granted one minute to speak. It was moved and approved to vote by slate; the slate was approved unanimously by voice vote.

State Party Program modification: Proposed changes 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17-19, 21, 22, and 24 passed; the others were considered and failed.

Recess: the Central Committee meeting recessed from noon to 1:00 pm.

Constitutional Amendment: the one proposed constitutional amendment was unanimously passed on a voice vote: Strike the words “as shown on the records of the Election Board of the County in which she is a voter” from Article V, Section 7, Part A-3 and any other places it appears in the Constitution.

Announcements: Doris Gordon plans to resubmit a WR&A amendment to the platform committee. Other announcements were made after the Central Committee meeting adjourned.

Adjournment: the Central Committee meeting adjourned at 1:53 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser