2 What is Council on Legislation? Legislative body (Parliament) of Rotary InternationalHas authority to amend RI Constitutional documentsCouncil’s authority is grounded in RI Constitution Article 10, and RI Bylaws Articles 7 and 8
3 What happens at Council on Legislation? Meets every 3 yearsDebates and votes on legislationAble to amend RI Constitution and adopt resolutionsEvery Club and District may propose legislationCouncil has authority to adopt its own rules of procedure
4 Who are the Council members? Voting members: One elected Rotarian from each Rotary DistrictMust have served a full term as an RI Officer (Past District Governor)Must be a member of a Rotary Club in that District
5 Any non-voting members? The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and a Parliamentarian (appointed by the RI President)RI Constitution and Bylaws CommitteeAs many as 3 Members-at-large (appointed by the RI President)RI General Secretary
6 What types of legislation? Enactments:Enactments seek to change RI’s Constitutional documents:RI ConstitutionRI BylawsStandard Rotary Club ConstitutionResolutions:Do not seek to change RI’s Constitutional documents
7 Any other options? Memorial Instead of proposing a resolution to the Council a Club or District may submit a Memorial.A Memorial is a petition to the RI Board for action on a specific matter
8 Legislation Format? Enactments & Resolution ▪ There is a set format for the presentation of both Enactments & Resolutions on pages 142 to 153 of the 2013 Manual of Procedure respectivelyA purpose and effect statement not exceeding 300 word is required following the 2010 COL
9 What happens to the proposed legislation? RI Staff checkConstitution and Bylaws Committee reviewPurpose and Effect Statements and Financial Impact StatementsAny further redrafting is undertakenFinal determinations are done
10 What other actions are required? The Committee may recommend a compromise legislation to Districts or ClubsSome legislation will be sent back to the Districts or Clubs for further drafting
11 Prepared proposals 1. Duly proposed Final report to the RI Board - legislation is:1. Duly proposed2. Defective – cannot go forward unless corrected by proposing club3. Not within framework of Rotary– does not go forward
12 Time-line?September 26, 2014:Proposed legislation to be with PDG Ken HallOctober 30, 2014:D9650 proposed legislation circulated to all our clubs for ballot by mail or Club MusterNovember 28, 2014:Ballot by mail closed31st December, 2014:Legislation MUST be at RI Headquarters
13 Then?When all proposed legislation is confirmed it will be circulated to clubs for discussion, and then for direction to delegate PDG Ken Hall regarding voting preferences.
14 After the event?When the Council on Legislation is completed a summary of outcomes will be circulated to all clubs.*Action on any piece of legislation is suspended if 5% of clubs oppose it.
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