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Substitute Texas Rules for 2014 Convention

Substitute Texas Rules for 2014 Convention

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Proposal for Changing the Rules Proposed for the Texas LULAC Convention This set of rules for the Texas State LULAC Convention for 2014 changes the proposed Rule 6 to give the Texas LULAC General Assembly, the final authority in all LULAC matters, complete control of all voting that takes place at the convention, providing for a roll call vote that can be made from the floor if the Election Judge refuses to ask for one when the election outcome to too close to call. This substitute set of rules also removes the Legal Advisor by striking out in its entirety proposed Rule 13. Rule 9 is changed to have any question regarding the eligibility of a candidate to be decided by the General Assembly, the final authority in LULAC and not by an
opinion of the Legal Advisor, which would then require a 2/3’rds vote to over
-ride. Rule 10 is changed to permit the appointment of up to two counters by each candidate for office. This substitute motion must be made in the form of a motion when the Convention Presiding Officer entertains a motion to adopt the Convention Rules. It will need a second and can be debated and further amended. The objective in presenting this substitute motion is to avoid entertaining numerous amendments and handle the rules in one vast substitute motion. The LULAC Constitution states that the method to vote in LULAC shall be the method proposed by the Rules Committee and approved by the General Assembly. Do not let the Presiding Officer
try to confuse you into telling you that it shall take 2/3’rds vote to change the proposed rules and a
simple majority to approve the proposed rules for use as the convention rules. If the Presiding Officer does not allow the substitute rules, vote against their proposed rules. It should take a simple majority vote to have their rules approved. If you have the majority of votes, do not give them rules that they will use against you. If the Convention has no rules adopted by the General
Assembly, the Constitution and Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall be the rules that govern
parliamentary procedure at the convention. The LULAC Constitution and
Robert’s Rules permits
the counting of delegate votes on close elections.
All recognized delegated and alternates must have their state dues paid 30 days prior to this convention.
Only delegates or alternates replacing a delegate, wearing their certified badges will be allowed in the voting section. The delegation will be seated in their perspective District  beginning with District 1. All other persons shall be seated in an observation area designated by the Credentials Committee. The only exception to this rule shall be to accommodate a physically challenged delegate, or alternate, who desires to be seated in a special area.
A member in good standing has the right to ask that non-members be removed from the election area. This shall include the news media.
An Election Judge shall be appointed by the State Director to conduct the elections.
The Election Judge shall appoint a Time Keeper and three Official Counters for all elections.
This Rule 6 should be replaced by the Rule 6 that appears below. 6.
Elections shall be by stand up vote and if election is too close to call a stand up row by row count will be taken. The Election Judge shall repeat the vote to the floor.
Elections shall be by stand up vote with a show of hands and if the election is too close to call, the Election Judge shall ask that the vote be taken by roll call, with the option, that when the Election Judge fails to do so, the General Assembly shall permit a motion from any delegate for a roll call vote, said request shall be made in the form of a motion and treated as a non-debatable, no-amendable motion,
to be voted on by a roll call vote
 No delegate or alternate may have more than one vote in any one election.
Voting in absentia shall not be allowed.
Rule 9 is changed to prohibit illegal tactics that have the Legal Advisor disqualifying a candidate who is nominated for any LULAC position. The decision of the eligibility of a candidate is a matter for the General Assembly, not for the Legal Advisor. The add
ed provision appears after the word “question.”
and appears in bold. 9.
A candidate not previously announced, as per the LULAC National Constitution, may run from the floor provided that a written certification endorsement by the total accredited delegations of a minimum of three (3) councils, including the
candidate’s home co
uncil, is made to the Election
Judge prior to the time of nominations for the office in question
 , with the provision that no candidate may be determined to be ineligible to be a candidate for the office he/she is nominated for, except by a majority vote of the General Assembly. Challenges as to eligibility shall be treated as a motion that will need a second, with 5 minutes on each side, before proceeding to a roll call vote. The motion may
be amended as provided in Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.
This Rule 10 should be amended to strike the words “one counter” and inserting the word “up to two counters”
Each candidate has the right to appoint one counter
up to two counters.
 However, the only official count for any election shall be that recorded by the three Official Counters.
Each candidate shall have five minutes for speeches which shall follow the closure of nominations for the office in question.
In elections in which more than two candidates are involved, and no one receives 50%  plus 1 majority of the certified votes, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall immediately go into a runoff. No speeches shall be allowed in runoff elections.
This Rule 13 should be stricken in its entirety. 13.
Challenges to any election must be issued to the State Legal Advisor immediately after

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