International 2007 Council on Legislation
The Council on Legislation,
Rotary's "parliament,' meets every three years to deliberate
and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions submitted
by clubs, district conferences, the General Council or the Conference
of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, or the Rotary
International Board. The council itself also makes proposals.
The council is composed of more than
500 representatives from every part of the Rotary world. Voting members
include one elected representative of the clubs of each Rotary district.
Non-voting members include the chairman and vice chairman of the council,
and others, including the RI president and members of the RI Board
and past RI presidents.
The council first convened in 1934
as an integral part of that year's international convention in Detroit,
Michigan, USA. In 1970, it was constituted as the legislative body
of RI, no longer to function just in an advisory capacity. Actions
of the council are subject to review by all Rotary clubs prior to
being incorporated into the Manual of Procedure.
The 2007 Council on Legislation will
take place on 22-28 April 2007 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
eClub NY1's proposed legislation
The triennial Council on Legislation is an important part of Rotary’s
governance process. While the Board of Directors sets policies for
Rotary International, the Council on Legislation allows Rotary clubs
to have their say in the governance of the association. Every three
years each district sends a representative to the Council, which reviews
legislation, much as a parliament would. Every club and district is
entitled to submit legislation to the Council, and some of the most
important work of Rotary results from Council action. Women were admitted
into Rotary thanks to the action of the 1989 Council on Legislation,
while PolioPlus was born as the result of action taken by the 1986
Council. INDEX follows:
· 2007 Council
· Zone Institutes
· Informational Mailings
· Registration Materials
· Travel Expenses
· Discussion Forum
· What Happens to Legislation?
· Statements of Support and Opposition Contact Information
· Contact Information
The next Council on Legislation will be held 22-28 April 2007 in Chicago,
Illinois, USA. John Germ will serve as Council Chairman, John Boag
will serve as Council Vice-Chairman, and Rolf Hörndler will serve
In 2004, over 600 pieces of legislation were submitted for the Council
on Legislation. The Council ultimately reviewed 476 pieces of legislation
in a five-day meeting. It was widely felt that this quantity of legislation
was too great for effective review. (By contrast, the 1998 Council
reviewed only 282 pieces.) Of the pieces originally submitted, over
200 came from just 23 districts. For the Council to truly function
at its best, it is important that clubs and districts be very discriminating
in the legislation they submit.
Each district has elected a representative and an alternate to the
2007 Council. In the event that a district’s representative
cannot attend the Council, the elected alternate will attend. In the
event that neither the representative nor the alternate can attend,
the district governor can appoint a qualified Rotarian from that district
to act as representative. The general secretary must be notified if
neither the representative nor the alternate can attend; otherwise
difficulties may arise during the credentialing process at the Council.
The official language of the Council is English. However, simultaneous
interpretation is provided in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean
and Japanese. All Council representatives and alternates should be
fluent in one of these languages in order to perform effectively at
Beginning in September 2006, Rotary Zone Institutes will convene.
Representatives should attend their zone institute to receive important
training instruction and materials about the Council. In addition,
each institute will have a session open to all Rotarians to discuss
proposed legislation that the Board has deemed of particular interest.
Between December 2006 and April 2007, representatives will receive
several mailings from RI regarding the Council. All mailings should
be reviewed by representatives before attending the Council. Each
representative will receive a book of proposed legislation, which
will likely be provided in two volumes. The first volume of legislation
will be mailed and posted on this website no later than 31 December
2006. The second volume of legislation will likely mail during February
2007. A binder containing all the legislation will be provided to
each representative at the Council. As the Council approaches, important
information will be posted on this website; therefore, representatives
should visit this site more frequently for updates and information.
The RI Meetings Division will mail registration materials for the
Council in October of this year. Registration will also be available
through the Internet, so please frequently visit this website for
updates. Also, please keep in mind that it may take a long time to
obtain a visa (if required) and plan accordingly. Letters of invitation
will be mailed beginning in early September 2006.
Representatives attend the Council at RI’s expense; this includes
hotel room, meals, airfare, visa fees, inoculations fees, and travel
expenses resulting from travel delays of 10 hours or more. Further
explanation will be provided with the registration materials.
A discussion forum for the 2007 Council on Legislation is available
to all Rotarians. This forum allows Rotarians to discuss legislation
and other Council related issues. This forum can be found at: http://forums.rotary.org/
What happens to legislation once it is received at headquarters?
Staff first reviews the legislation to ensure that it is has been
endorsed by the district, certified by the governor, and has arrived
by the 30 June 2006 deadline. Legislation that arrives after the deadline,
even if it is postmarked prior to 30 June, will not be considered.
Staff then prepares the legislation for review by the Constitution
& Bylaws Committee. The Constitution & Bylaws Committee usually
meets monthly for a period of four or five months. At these meetings,
they review each piece of legislation to determine whether it is correctly
drafted. The Committee, working with staff, also develops Purpose
and Effect statements and Financial Impact Statements for each piece.
Where pieces are similar, the Committee often recommends a compromise
piece to the proposers. The work of the Council is greatly facilitated
when proposers agree to compromise proposals because it allows the
Council to examine a single proposal in depth, as opposed to rapidly
moving through multiple proposals on the same topic. For those pieces
that require further drafting, the Constitution & Bylaws Committee
may make recommended changes working through staff and district Council
representatives or proposers. Ultimately, however, it is the proposers’
responsibility to submit legislation that is properly drafted. The
Committee then reports its findings to the RI Board, which makes a
final determination as to whether the legislation is:
1. duly proposed;
2. deficient or defective, in which case it may not go forward to
the Council unless corrected by the proposers; or
3. not within the framework of Rotary, in which case it may not go
forward to the Council.
Statements of Support and Opposition
A club, district conference, the general council or conference of
RIBI, the Council on Legislation or the RI Board may provide a Statement
of Support or Opposition commenting on any item of legislation. Statements
must be submitted up to two months prior to the opening of the Council
(22 February 2007). These Statements may be in support or opposition
to legislation and must be no longer than one side of a sheet of normal
business stationery. Send them to the Council Services Section at
Rotary International, along with the number of the piece to which
you are referring (e.g. 07-036). These statements will then be distributed
to the voting members of the Council.
View the 2007
Council on Legislation Votes
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