Bylaw 7: Membership of the Captain's Council
INTRODUCTION: The Constitution defines membership of the Captain’s Council as including all officers who have been frocked as Captain, and also gives debate allowances to those of Commander rank. The bylaw below will define and expand the official membership allowances and voting rights of the council.
- Voting and discussion rights. As of the passing of this bylaw, the following officers will officially have access to the Captain’s Council discussion areas:
- Member of the Executive Council: 1 vote. Any officer who is officially recognized as a member of the Executive Council will have one vote on the council, which comes with full discussion rights, regardless of the rules below;
- Captains acting as Commanding Officer: 1 vote. Any officer who has been frocked as a captain by the Executive Council will have one vote on the council, which comes with full discussion rights;
- Captains: 1 vote. Any officer who is not acting as the Commanding Officer of a vessel, but has been officially recognized as a Captain, will have one vote on the council, which comes with full discussion rights;
- Commanders acting as Commanding Officers: 1 vote. Any officer who is acting in the official capacity of Commanding Officer of a vessel, as recognized by the Executive Council, will have one vote on the council, which comes with full discussion rights;
- Commanders: 1 vote, with restrictions. Any officer who is not acting as the Commanding Officer of a vessel, but has officially been recognized as a Commander, has full discussion rights and will have 1 vote on the council except in votes of the following matters:
- discipline of officers;
- nominations for, or promotions to the rank of full commander;
- creation, alteration or amendment of the requirements for advancement to the rank of full commander.
- Lieutenant Commanders acting as First Officers: Discussion rights. Any officer who is acting in the official capacity of First Officer of a vessel, as recognized by the ship’s official Commanding Officer, has full discussion rights.
- Active status.
- For an officer to maintain their voting or discussion rights on the Captain’s Council, they must be considered in “active status,” which is defined as follows:
- Actively participating on a vessel, as defined by the vessel’s Commanding Officer, OR;
- Actively participating on the Captain’s Council by participating (“vote yes,” “vote no,” “vote abstain”) in at least 60% of all votes proffered, AND responding to roll call when requested.
- If an officer is ineligible to vote, and is not actively participating on a vessel, he or she must place him or herself on LOA status until which point they are able to regain active status. If this officer fails to place him or herself on LOA status, actions will be taken per section III.
- Irregularities: Should an officer not adhere to the regulations above, he or she will be removed from the Captain’s Council list and be placed on “retired” status. He or she will be subject to other bylaws and rules regarding return to active status, as necessary.
- All Captains with “active status” (as defined in section II) retain their right to vote. However, for a CC motion to pass, the required quorum will be 60% of the commanding officers currently running a sim site.