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Standing Rules

Rule 1: The right to vote in meetings of the caucus shall be limited to active, student, and retired members. The right to debate shall be open to all members of the caucus. The membership director shall be the final authority in matters of question regarding validity of membership. In the absence of the membership director, the chairs shall appoint a temporary assistant membership director.

Rule 2: The order of business at the annual meetings of the caucus shall be the prerogative of the co-chairs, with the advice of the Steering Committee, and as amended/accepted by the membership in attendance.

Rule 3: Standing Rules may be amended or deleted at any meeting of the Caucus during the NEA Convention

Rule 4: Minutes of each session of the caucus shall be provided to the membership in attendance at the next meeting.

Rule 5: There shall be an official parliamentarian, to whom questions may be directed only through the presiding officer. The presiding officer rules; the parliamentarian may advise.

Rule 6: By-Laws will be provided to each new member and be available at all meetings of the caucus.

Rule 7: At the caucus meeting where voting on regional directors begins, candidates for NEA-GLBTC regional director positions will be allowed a one-minute speech.

Rule 8: At the caucus meeting where voting on officers begins, candidates for NEAGLBTC office will be allowed a three- minute speech.

Rule 9: A meeting not to exceed one hour of debate on proposed amendments to the NEA-GLBTC By-Laws will be scheduled by the Steering Committee and posted at the meeting room at least 12 hours prior to the first caucus meeting during the NEA-RA. Said meeting shall not occur during official NEA-RA business sessions.

Rule 10: The membership list including addresses and phone numbers will be available only to members of the Steering Committee and state contacts. Individual GLBTC members may give permission for their names to be released. Use of this information will be for mailing newsletters and other necessary contacts by the NEA-GLBTC Steering Committee.

Rule 11: Candidate Recommendation Policy

• Objective: The purpose of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus (GLBTC) recommendation process shall be to encourage all Caucus members to participate in all National Education Association (NEA) political activities necessary to procure candidates and elect, to NEA office, persons who are interested in the development of a better educational system which includes knowledge of and sensitivity to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
• Voting Rights: All active members of the GLBTC shall have voting privileges in approving the recommendations of the Screening
• Candidate Recommendation Committee: The Candidate Recommendation Committee shall be appointed by the co-chairs of the caucus. The co-chairs shall strive to attain a diverse balance on the committee. The Candidate Recommendation Committee chair shall be appointed annually by the co-chairs.
• Recommendation Procedure: Recommendations for NEA offices shall be conducted as follows:
1. Only candidates who are interviewed by the Screening Committee shall be considered for recommendation.
2. The committee chair shall schedule all interviews to be conducted during the pre-conference.
3. Each candidate will be sent a set of questions, developed by the committee, to be answered and returned to the chair of the Candidate Recommendation Committee prior to the Representative Assembly.
4. After completion of all scheduled interviews, the committee shall vote to recommend candidates for NEA office. It shall be the policy of the committee to recommend only one candidate per opening. The committee may make no recommendation for an office if no suitable candidate is found.
5. The recommendations of the committee shall be presented to the caucus no later than the third business meeting of the NEA-RA.
6. Endorsements shall be determined by a simple majority of active members voting at the meeting.
7. Endorsements shall be announced to members and candidates immediately following the meeting in which the vote took place.
8. All candidates for NEA office shall be invited to speak to the caucus during scheduled caucus meetings of the Representative Assembly.

Rule 12: The mid-year meeting date and location will be decided upon by the Steering Committee.

Rule 13: The following dinner attendees will be recognized, individually at the NEAGLBTC dinner: NEA Officers, NEA Executive Director, NEA Executive Committee, and GLBTC Steering Committee. The following attendees will be recognized as groups: state affiliate officers and then local officers.

Rule 14: New RA business items seeking NEA-GLBTC consideration or endorsement are to be submitted to the co-chairs.

Rule 15: Secret ballot voting shall begin at the end of the morning caucus session to the end of the same day's lunch break, not to exceed four hours.

Rule 16: Voting on the floor of the Caucus meetings requires the showing of a voting card.

Rule 17: A person speaking at the microphone needs to be a Caucus member, or have the approval of the co-chairs. Development of NEA policies and activities, provides resources and fosters better communication among educators, students, and communities.