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U.S. Grand Lodge Voting Rules for Code Amendments

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Grand Lodge Voting Rules for Code Amendments

District of Columbia

D.C. Code, Section 129. Every proposition to amend this Constitution must be submitted in writing, at a Stated Communication, be signed by at least two members, and shall lie over until the next Stated Communication at which general business may be transacted, when it may be acted upon; and, if adopted by two-thirds of the votes cast, it shall become a part of this Constitution: Provided, however, that the Grand Master, after requesting and receiving a report from the Committee on Jurisprudence, may propose amendments to the Constitution for adoption at the next Stated or Special Communication called for the purpose provided that notice of such amendments is mailed to the members of Grand Lodge at least sixty (60) days prior to such Stated or Special Communication. No standing resolution shall have the effect of rescinding or altering any part of this Constitution; and all standing resolutions in conflict with this Constitution are hereby repealed. It is a well-established principle of all laws that no law can be retroactive unless specifically so stated.

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Methodical Digest
1.13. Determination of Questions. All questions before the Grand Lodge shall be determined by a majority of votes cast.
1.16. Time for Entertaining Propositions, Resolutions and Motions in Grand Lodge. No proposition or resolution for the amendment or repeal of an existing law or the enactment of any new law shall be entertained unless it shall have been submitted to the Grand Secretary in writing, with a brief explanation stating the reason(s) the resolution is necessary. Propositions or resolutions must be received by the Grand Secretary no later than the first day of January next preceding the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge. Any proposition or resolution received which does not conform to the requirements of Section 1.17 shall be immediately returned to the submitter advising him the reason it is not acceptable. Propositions or resolutions may be submitted by any member of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, in good standing, as defined in Section 1.06.
It shall thereafter be referred, to the Code Commission, unless the Grand Master shall direct otherwise. The proposed legislation shall be reviewed by the commission or committee to which it was referred, whose duty it shall be to check the language thereof and its possible conflicts with other sections of the Methodical Digest. The commission or committee shall thereafter certify it as to language and form and other necessary legislation in connection with it, to the Grand Secretary not later than July first next preceding the Annual Communication at which it will be considered. The Grand Secretary shall forward four copies of each such certified proposition or resolution showing the proposed change or changes in the form specified in Sec. 1.17 of the Methodical Digest, including the reason(s) it should be enacted, to every subordinate Lodge holden under the Grand Lodge by first class mail before the first day of September next preceding the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge. Each such resolution shall include the name and Lodge number of the persons submitting it.
Except with the unanimous consent of the Grand Lodge no alteration of or amendment to an existing law or the enactment of a new law shall be considered at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge at which it was introduced.
All other propositions, resolutions or motions, including amendments and substitutes, except motions to adopt reports of committees or motions made during the election of officers shall be submitted in writing. The sponsor of all such propositions, resolutions, or motions shall arise, state his name, office and Lodge and audibly read or have it audibly read, leaving a signed copy thereof with the Grand Secretary.
Sec. 1.17. Amendment of the Digest. No amendment of the Methodical Digest shall be made by mere reference to any paragraph or section, but the entire section proposed to be amended shall be repeated, with any part to be omitted stricken out, and any new language underlined or shown in bold type.
All items enacted into law, regardless of method of enactment, shall be incorporated in the Methodical Digest. The text of the Grand Master's decisions, to the extent still applicable, shall be incorporated into the Methodical Digest at the end of the section to which it refers but only at such times as the Methodical Digest is revised.


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