kevin_standlee: (Gavel of WSFS)
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Worldcon 75 Helsinki has published the 2017 Business Meeting pages (also available from the front page by selecting "WSFS & Hugos" then "WSFS Business Meeting"). My great thanks to Linda Deneroff for pulling together the information from the past two years' Business Meetings and working with Helsinki's web team to get this going.

The part that I think most people who care are more interested in right now is the first Agenda document. This will of course keep changing as new material is submitted. There's already new business there, including proposals to change the Standing Rules, a Hugo Award eligibility extension, and new Constitutional amendments.

It's already a long agenda, what with twelve pending ratification (or related subject) items besides any new business. I'll be surprised if we can get through it all in only three days, and I'm expecting to have to into Overtime for the third year in a row.

One thing I'm proposing we do this year differently with the agenda is to put Standing Rule amendments first. That's because the meeting has the ability (by a 2/3 vote) to make standing rule amendments take effect immediately. It would be pointless to put the vote on such things after most of the business affected by it. In particular, there's a proposal regarding the setting of debate times that, if adopted to take effect immediately, would significantly affect how the rest of the Preliminary Business Meeting runs.

I'm also putting Resolutions (which can be dealt with at the Preliminary Meeting) up front as well, before we get into the debate-limit-setting for Constitutional Amendments. This should, I hope, allow us to get through the agenda more efficiently.

Again, thank you Linda and thank you to Helsinki's web team and WSFS division manager Michael Lee for their help and support here. I've been working at Day Jobbe at a pace that has left me with not as much time as I would like to do this myself, so Linda is a life saver here.
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