To require that the Executive Committee perform all duties of the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules related to determining the outcome of business, where such business was submitted for consideration by the Committee.

Rule 2. Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules
B. Duties

The committee shall initiate proposed amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules as appropriate; receive and process proposed amendments; supervise the submission and processing of new business and amendments to the Legislative Program; supervise and count roll call votes; provide advisory opinions to parliamentary questions upon the request of the presiding officer; and perform such other duties as are set forth in the Standing Rules or are requested by the president. In the event that the committee or its members bring business up for consideration by the membership, all duties related to determining the outcome of the business will be performed by the Executive Committee.

Impact Statement

Standing Rule 2.B. outlines the duties of the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules.  These duties include supervising and counting roll call votes, providing advisory opinions to parliamentary questions upon request of the presiding officer, and performing other duties as requested by the president.  Among the additional duties requested by the president in practice is assistance to the presiding officer in judging the outcome of standing votes on items of business.  The committee provides the presiding officer their opinion on the outcome of such votes, but the presiding officer is not bound to accept this opinion.

The Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules may, on occasion, submit amendments to the NEA governing documents for consideration by the Representative Assembly.  The chair currently has the prerogative to call upon the Executive Committee or others to perform duties related to the outcome of such amendments.  If adopted, the amendment would require that, in such instances, duties related to the outcome of the item be performed by the Executive Committee instead of the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules.  Thus, should a standing vote or roll call vote be called on an item submitted by the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules, the presiding officer would call upon the Executive Committee to offer an opinion on the standing vote or supervise and count roll call votes.  In addition, the presiding officer would direct to the Executive Committee any requests for assistance on a parliamentary inquiry on any such item.

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George Donoghue - KY