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(Remember, after the close of the polls next Tuesday at 7pm there are precinct conventions! Not as busy or sexy as the 2008 presidential caucuses but important for the structure of our party. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)
Big tip of the hat to MarkCamann
Purposes of a resolution
1. To memorialize someone recently deceased.
2. To congratulate a person or group.
3. To amend the Rules of the Texas Democratic Party (TDP).
4. To amend the TDP Platform.
5. To urge Democratic elected officials, especially in the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress, to advocate certain positions on policy issues. As the delegates assembled at the state convention are the highest authority within the TDP, such resolutions should carry weight with elected officials as the consensus of the grassroots of the party.
|Structure of a resolution
1. Give the resolution a title that indicates not merely the topic, but also the position to be advocated (i.e., instead of "Resolution on Vouchers for Texas Schools," it would be better to put "Resolution Opposing Vouchers for Texas Schools").
2. List the reasons for the resolution at the beginning, each reason being in a separate paragraph beginning with the word "whereas" (capitalized, italicized or in boldface).
3. List each action to be taken in separate paragraphs introduced by the words "be it resolved" (capitalized, italicized or in boldface).
4. Use semicolons to separate each paragraph, and avoid periods. A well-written resolution should consist grammatically of a single sentence.
5. Keep the resolution brief. It should fit easily on a single page.
6. At the end of the resolution, write: "Submitted to and Adopted by Precinct __ in ___ County, Texas, Senatorial District ___, on March 2, 2010" and leave a signature line for the precinct convention secretary, who will sign it if the precinct convention adopts the resolution.
I'll start by submitting a resolution for precinct conventions to consider on March 2:
RESOLUTION TO PROTECT THE MINERAL RIGHTS OF HOMEOWNERS
WHEREAS, the Texas Department of Insurance adopted a rule on August 13, 2009 to allow title insurance companies to take a "blanket exception" regarding their responsibility to determine whether a landowner also owns the mineral rights for a piece of property; and
WHEREAS, the rule makes it harder for Texas homeowners to know whether or not they own the mineral rights to their own property; and
WHEREAS, the rule may shield unscrupulous title insurance companies from legal action if they engage in wrongdoing;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Texas Democratic Party supports changes to the state insurance policy that will protect homeowners by strengthening their ability to obtain information about ownership of mineral rights on their property and abolishing the "blanket exception" available to title insurance companies.
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