Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl.

Business Meeting Minutes

May 21st, 2019

Opening

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 7:40pm on May 21st, 2019 at The Village Inn by Chair – Derek Ryan.

Present

Executive Committee: Chair – Derek Ryan, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Platform Chair – Wayne Jackman

Voting Members: none

Regular Members: Ralph Grover

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)

Quorum of voting members was established.

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Mari Peele made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes

Wayne Jackman made a motion to accept the minutes from the April 23rd, 2019 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Chair Report –Derek Ryan

Vice-Chair Report – No Report 

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

By-Laws Report – No Report

Communications Report – No Report

Finance Report – No Report

Membership Report – No Report

Candidates Report – No Report

Platform Report – No Report

Old Business

    •   Motion 19-009: Amend Bylaws to Require Motions to State Financial Impact.

      • Mover: Mari Peele

      • Second: previously read 4/23/2019

      • Disposition: Passed Unanimously

      • Special Rule of Order: LPOC Constitution Article V Section III requires bylaws amendments to have been brought up for consideration at a prior meeting. This motion is the first hearing.

      • Text: I move to amend the bylaws to insert the following provision as a new section at the end of Article 1:

Motions that authorize expenditure of funds shall include a statement of the maximum direct financial liability incurred if the motion were to pass. If the financial liability is unknown or unable to be calculated, then the motion shall include a statement that the financial liability is unknown and therefor unbounded.”

    •   Motion 19-010: Amend Bylaws to Specify Candidate Procedures

      • Mover: Greg Peele

      • Second: previously read 4/23/2019

      • Disposition: Passed Unanimously after amendment

      • Special Rule of Order: LPOC Constitution Article V Section III requires bylaws amendments to have been brought up for consideration at a prior meeting. This motion is the first hearing.

      • Text: I move to amend the bylaws to include a new article at the end of the bylaws titled “Candidates” with the following sections:

"Section I

LPOC may endorse any political candidate for public office that is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) voter or a No Party Affiliation (NPA) voter by majority vote. Any political candidate that is a registered voter of any other political party may be endorsed with a 3/4 vote for nonpartisan races only. No political candidate may be endorsed for a partisan race prior to the determination of the Libertarian Party of Florida party nominee, if any. A political candidate that is not a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter shall not be endorsed if that candidate is running against a candidate who is a registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter.

Section II

LPOC shall not endorse any candidates for internal party office including but not limited to any county executive committee, state executive committee, or Libertarian National Committee member. Individual members of LPOC may make personal endorsements for these party offices using their party titles, if any, so long as the endorsement is not portrayed as being from LPOC as an organization.

Section III

Financial and in-kind contributions to candidates and independent expenditures to support candidates using LPOC funds may only be authorized for candidates that have been endorsed by LPOC. Non-financial support including but not limited to sharing social media posts and events, giving a platform to speak at meetings, and so on is permitted for any candidate so long as the candidate is not incorrectly portrayed as being endorsed by LPOC, except as otherwise prohibited by Florida Statute.

Section IV

No LPOC Executive Committee member may publicly endorse, campaign for, or promote any political candidate for public office using an LPOC title or the LPOC branding or identity unless that candidate has been endorsed by LPOC. Executive Committee members shall otherwise not be restricted in personal support for any political candidate in any way.

Section V

LPOC shall make party nominations to public office when required by law. Upon notice of a requirement to make a party nomination, at the next regular or special business meeting, any LPOC voting member may nominate any qualified Libertarian Party of Florida voter to the specified public office. The nominee that is elected by a majority of voting members present shall become the party nominee for the office."

Note: The amendment text difference is available here - By-Laws Amendment - Motion 19-010 Candidates

Amendment: Motion to amend made by Wayne Jackman to strike the words “so on” in Section III and replaced then with “any other action approved by the executive committee”. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

Text as amended:

Section III

Financial and in-kind contributions to candidates and independent expenditures to support candidates using LPOC funds may only be authorized for candidates that have been endorsed by LPOC. Non-financial support including but not limited to sharing social media posts and events, giving a platform to speak at meetings, and so on any other action approved by the Executive Committee is permitted for any candidate so long as the candidate is not incorrectly portrayed as being endorsed by LPOC, except as otherwise prohibited by Florida Statute.” 

New Business

    •   Motion 19-011: Authorize expense of $150 for Tripod and Tablet

      • Mover: Greg Peele

      • Second: Wayne Jackman

      • Disposition: Passed unanimously with amendment.

Text: I move to authorize a budget of up to $150 to be expended to purchase a cell phone tripod for video recording and for a dedicated party branded Android tablet computer and accessories for use at meetings to collect party voter registrations, credit card and online donations, and any other useful purposes.

Sample quotes:

Tripod: https://www.amazon.com/KobraTech-Cell-Phone-Tripod-Mount/dp/B06VXJMMQ3/

Tablet:  https://www.amazon.com/Android-Tablet-Unlocked-Support-Bluetooth/dp/B07PPDWRVM 

Amendment: Motion amend by Wayne Jackman to add the words “and accessories” after the word computer. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.

    •   Motion 19-012: Amend platform to incorporate LPF amendments

      • Mover: Wayne Jackman

      • Second: Greg Peele

      • Disposition: Passed unanimously

      • Special Rule of Order: LPOC Constitution Article V Section III requires bylaws amendments to have been brought up for consideration at a prior meeting. This motion is the first hearing.

      • Text: I move to amend the LPOC Platform to incorporate all of the amendments made to the LPF Platform on May 4th, 2019.

The LPOC platform only differs from the LPF platform in changing the text “Libertarian Party of Florida” to “Libertarian Party of Orange County.”

Note: The differences for the amendment are posted here -https://draftable.com/compare/XzvRkVNQfbMn?fbclid=IwAR1XrbG6_jAI2CVN-otaBLLv6hNsAy9arR9AHl4XUvM-4Yz2_Wu-7WuXNlA

    •   Motion 19-013: Removal of Membership Chairman

      • Mover: Derek Ryan

      • Second: Greg Peele

      • Disposition: Passed unanimously

      • Text: I move to remove Zachary Detwiler from the position of Membership Chair.

    • Open Discussion

Adjournment

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and it was approved by a unanimous vote.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:31pm by Chair – Derek Ryan. The next business meeting will be at 7:00pm on June 18, 2019, at The Village Inn Restaurant.

Minutes submitted by: Mari Peele

Approved by: Executive Committee, June 18, 2019