Dear Region 1 members:
I just started this discussion on the LNC list as an initial starting point:
I would like to start a discussion on a potential Policy Manual Change for Committee transparency. And here is my rough start at it…
This would revise Section 2.02. I would like to add a new Number 2 (with the rest being re-numbered accordingly).
2) Committee Transparency
The names and contact information (phone number, email address, or both) for all committee members shall be posted on the LP.org website. Unless otherwise specifically excepted on a committee-by-committee basis or within the committee’s own published standing rules for “executive session,” all committee meetings shall be open to any member of the National Party to observe or listen and all electronic committee correspondences shall be made available on a public reflector system on the LP.org website, the location of which will be published with the committee contact information. Notices of committee meetings shall be published to to said reflector list or otherwise on the LP.org website. At least 48 hours public notice will be given for any committee meeting.
This is a first draft. I realize that an endnote would need to be added on how this would deviate from standard committee rules in Roberts.
I would hope I get support for this.
PS: I would like to note one reason why I am suggesting this now. I agree with M. Carling’s sentiments and those of others that we need to empower committees to actually do things, and this includes spending money. However, this would add a level of opacity that doesn’t presently exist with the admirable commitment the LNC has made to transparency. Thus before empowering more, we need to transfer this transparency over in addition to my general belief that this should be the default for all committees.
I would encourage you to follow the discussion at: http://hq.lp.org/pipermail/lnc-business_hq.lp.org/2016/date.html
The Policy Manual can be found here: http://www.lp.org/files/20150718_LNC_Policy_Manual.pdf