About the Council on Legislation
T he 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 and Conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals.
The Council on Legislation is an important part of Rotary's governance process. While the Board of Directors sets policies for Rotary International, the Council is where Rotary clubs have their say in the governance of the association. Every three years, each district sends a representative to the Council, which reviews proposed legislation. Every club and district is entitled to submit legislation to the Council, and some of Rotary’s most important work has resulted from Council action. Women were admitted into Rotary because of the action of the 1989 Council on Legislation, and PolioPlus was born as the result of the 1986 Council.
The Council comprises more than 500 representatives from every part of the Rotary world. Voting members include one elected representative of the clubs of each Rotary district. Some nonvoting members include the chair and vice chair of the Council, the RI president, members of the RI Board, and past RI presidents.
The next Council on Legislation will be in April 2013 in Chicago. Council representatives will be selected during the 2010-11 Rotary year.
The deadline to submit legislation to the 2013 Council on Legislation is 31 December 2011.
What’s new for the 2013 Council?
The 2010 Council made a number of changes to the legislative process for the 2013 Council, including the requirement that all proposed legislation must be submitted with a statement of purpose and effect as well as a limit to the number of times a Rotarian can serve as a voting member of the Council. Further information on these changes can be found below and in What’s New for the 2013 Council.
c/o Council Services Section
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
E-mail: Council Services
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