January 9 Reorganization Meeting Agenda

The 48th Legislative District Democrats’ reorganization meeting for the 2013-2014 term will convene on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 7:00 PM. The meeting location is Studio B of the Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St, Bellevue.


1.    Reorganization – Election of officers for 2013-2014 term.

2.    Final officers’ reports from the 2011-2012 term.

3.    New business:

  • Bylaws amendment regarding eligibility requirements for officers
  • Resolution regarding Senator Tom
  • Other new business, if any

4.    Good of the Order

Voting Eligibility

At this meeting, only PCOs elected in August 2012 are eligible to vote on the election of officers, and on the bylaws amendment. All other 48th District Democrat members in good standing (hint: pay your dues!), as well as PCOs, are eligible to vote on other business.

Bylaws Amendment

An amendment to the bylaws will be proposed at the January 9 meeting. The proposed amendment, which requires a two-thirds vote, reads as follows:

MOVED: That the Bylaws for the 48th District Democrats be amended as follows:

In ARTICLE VII Section 1, strike all text and replace with “Only members in good standing are eligible to be elected as officers.”

In ARTICLE VII Section 2, Insert the word “elected” before “officers” in the first sentence.

The effect of the first part of this amendment is to open eligibility for elected office to all members in good standing, removing the restriction that certain offices must be filled by Elected or Appointed PCOs. This amendment, if approved, would not affect the January 9 election of officers, which is required to happen at the start of the reorganization meeting. The amendment would affect future elections. The effect of the second part of the amendment is solely to clarify an ambiguous sentence.

If you would like to review the current bylaws in advance of the meeting, they may be found athttp://48thdems.org/bylaws/. The amendment affects Article VII. For reference, the term “member in good standing” is defined in Article III Section 4.


In light of recent events affecting the State Senate, the current Executive Board has received proposals for resolutions for consideration at the meeting. An ad hoc resolutions committee is reviewing and reconciling these proposed resolutions, and plans to present a combined resolution for discussion and adoption at the meeting.

Although not recommended, members may also propose resolutions from the floor by an ordinary motion. The proposer of such a resolution would be well-advised to bring printed copies in sufficient quantity to facilitate its consideration and discussion during the meeting.

We hope you will bear with us as we conduct our business in accordance with our governance policies, which may include the need for confidential handling of specific issues.

— John Elsbree, 48th LD Chair