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Montana Freemason                                         April 2017                                               Volume 93   Number 1  Montana Freemason                                         April 2017                                               Volume 93   Number 1
                                           PROPOSED RESOLUTION 2017-01

          A resolution to amend Section 470 of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Montana,
          to clarify the process to timely submit resolution, reports and recommendations that have legislative
          impacts, provide that untimely or improperly proposed resolutions, reports and recommendations are
          void, and create New Section 471 to provide that actions on legislative changes contained within reports
          or recommendations must be presented separately for Grand Lodge action and not part of acceptance,
          approval or adoption of the underlying report or recommendation.

          Be it resolved that:

          1)     Section 470, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Montana be amended to read:

          “470. TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS. Transaction of business in Grand Lodge at its annual communication
          shall be upon written resolutions sponsored and submitted by a constituent lodge  of this jurisdiction, reports
          of standing committees of the Grand Lodge, and reports and Grand Master’s recommendations and decisions.
          All resolutions, standing committee reports, and Grand Master’s recommendations which recommend  that
          propose changes in the Constitution,  statutes  or work shall be submitted in writing to the Grand Secretary
          and received at the Grand Lodge office at least 120 days prior to the opening of the annual communication.
          Resolutions,  committee reports and Grand Master recommendations may be submitted to the Grand Secretary
          by electronic copy, provided the electronic copy is sent electronically within the 120-day period and an
          original hardcopy is received within five business days of the date the electronic copy is timely sent. Upon
          the receipt of resolutions, committee reports and Grand Master  recommendations, the Grand Secretary shall
          certify to Committee on Jurisprudence the date on which each resolution,  report and recommendation was
          received  and the Committee shall report  to Grand Lodge. Any resolutions, report or recommendation timely
          received is and shall automatically be considered as business at the annual communication unless withdrawn.
          This restriction shall does not apply to emergent matters as emergency legislation and declared by consent
          of two-thirds vote of Grand Lodge or to decisions of the Grand Master made prior to the commencement  of
          Grand Lodge and which are included in his written message  presented at   the annual communication. All
          resolutions relating to expenditures of Grand Lodge funds must include an evaluation of the impact of the
          expenditure upon Grand Lodge finances and contain a recommendation relative to how it is to be paid for
          funded. Any resolution, report or recommendation not timely received or otherwise not in compliance with
          this section and [New section 471] is void.”


          When a resolution, report or recommendation proposes a change to the Constitution, statutes or work, the
          proposed change must be presented, considered and acted upon individually and independently from other
          actions, including a motion for the approval, acceptance or adoption of any report or recommendation.”

                                                                                   Submitted by Morning Star No. 5

          Proponent’s Explanation of Resolution
          This Proposed Resolution ensures that resolutions, committee reports and Grand Master’s recommendations
          be timely received by the Grand Secretary so that proposed changes to the Constitution, statutes and work
          can be included in the Advanced Proceedings to adequately inform the members of Grand Lodge prior to
          attendance at Grand Lodge. The Proposed Resolution clarifies that the resolution, report, and recommendations
          must be received in the office of Grand Lodge but allows for electronic transmittal of resolutions, reports and
          recommendations like the procedure used by the courts and other governmental entities. This amendment in
          the process provides better information, transparency, and predictability in the presentation and consideration
          of legislative proposals contained in reports and recommendations.

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