IFTA Ballot Proposals Comments

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2nd Period Comments on FTPBP #3 - 2021

Jurisdiction Position Comments

ALABAMA
Support R1620.300.015.  Suggest 30 day voting period instead of 45 days.

ALBERTA
Support

CALIFORNIA
Support

KANSAS
Support

KENTUCKY
Support

MANITOBA
Support

MISSOURI
Oppose Support 45 days in lieu of 30 days to ensure all parties within our organization have fully reviewed any language changes.

NEVADA
Support

NEW BRUNSWICK
Support New Brunswick supports this ballot; however, we would recommend that section R1605 - 100 be separated into two sections, “Board of trustee” and “The membership”.

NEWFOUNDLAND
Support

NORTH CAROLINA
Support North Carolina concurs with Prince Edward Island's comments.
 
North Carolina does not have any objections to extending the review period to 45 days.
 
North Carolina's remaining comments are limited to R1625. In the proposed R1625, it is unclear whether (and how) amendments can be made to a ballot during an open meeting of the commissioners. It is important to note that the vote occurs after one comment period. To incorporate any changes from the comment period, amendments must occur or be presented during the open meeting. The current language does not grant the sponsor clear authority to amend the ballot during the meeting and does not give clear guidance on how this is to occur. Also, given the current language of R1625, it is unclear how two jurisdictions are to indicate, in their opinion, that a change is a substantive change -- which prevents the vote from moving forward in the open meeting.
 
When we make changes to how we can change the foundational documents that govern all of our interactions, we should make them as clear as possible. Leaving issues open to interpretations or requiring IFTA Inc. and jurisdictions to fill-in-the-gaps should be avoided where possible.
 
North Carolina believes that clarifying this process is consistent with the charge given to the Agreement Procedures Committee. One of the primary purposes of the ballot change was to ensure that a ballot could be voted on during the open meeting and have a reasonable opportunity to pass. Ensuring that amendments can be made after the one comment period is important aspect in increasing the probability that a ballot can receive the 3/4 vote requirement to pass.
 
To assist the Agreement Procedures Committee, North Carolina has prepared a document attempting to capture the changes proposed by Prince Edward Island. North Carolina has also included a possible clarification to R1625. The second level of changes (changes to the ballot) have been highlighted in yellow.

See the following for the referenced attachment:

https://www.iftach.org/forums/upload/temp/FTPBP%2003-2021%20Supplement.pdf
 

ONTARIO
Support Recommend keeping the 45 calendar day comment period and giving member jurisdictions 45 calendar days to review proposed edits through the new Board of Trustees Preliminary Edit Process so jurisdictions can give their full consideration when there are competing priorities for their time. 

PENNSYLVANIA
Support

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Support As a non-substantive suggestion and to be consistent with other changes: R1610 .300 should be “the next open meeting of the commissioners” as opposed to “the next meeting of the member jurisdictions”

As a non-substantive suggestion: R1630 .100 should be “Votes on amendments must be cast” as opposed to “Votes on amendments or interpretations must be cast” as interpretations are dealt with in section R1700

As a housekeeping suggestion: R1630 .400 should reference Section R1635 due to the renumbering from this ballot.
 
Re “Eligible” jurisdictions: some of the language in R1630 reverses changes from FTFBP #1 – 2020 which comes into effect in January 2022.  R1630 .200 and R1630 .300 should be “total eligible member jurisdictions”

Perhaps not necessary but does add clarity, R1630 .100 could end with “commissioner of an eligible member jurisdiction”
R1600 was not identified in FTFBP #1 – 2020 therefore does not need to be changed to “any eligible member jurisdiction”
 

QUEBEC
Support

RHODE ISLAND
Support Supoort 45 days timeframe

SASKATCHEWAN
Support

SOUTH DAKOTA
Support
Support: 17
Oppose: 1
Undecided: 0