1.13. Determination of Questions. — All questions
before the Grand Lodge shall be determined by a majority of votes
1.16. Time for
Entertaining Propositions, Resolutions and Motions in Grand Lodge. —
No proposition or resolution for the amendment or repeal of an existing
law or the enactment of any new law shall be entertained unless it shall
have been submitted to the Grand Secretary in writing, with a brief
explanation stating the reason(s) the resolution is necessary.
Propositions or resolutions must be received by the Grand Secretary no
later than the first day of January next preceding the Annual
Communication of the Grand Lodge. Any proposition or resolution received
which does not conform to the requirements of Section 1.17 shall be
immediately returned to the submitter advising him the reason it is not
acceptable. Propositions or resolutions may be submitted by any member of
the Grand Lodge of Virginia, in good standing, as defined in Section 1.06.
It shall thereafter be referred, to the Code Commission, unless the Grand
Master shall direct otherwise. The proposed legislation shall be reviewed by
the commission or committee to which it was referred, whose duty it shall be
to check the language thereof and its possible conflicts with other sections
of the Methodical Digest. The commission or committee shall thereafter certify
it as to language and form and other necessary legislation in connection with
it, to the Grand Secretary not later than July first next preceding the Annual
Communication at which it will be considered. The Grand Secretary shall
forward four copies of each such certified proposition or resolution showing
the proposed change or changes in the form specified in Sec. 1.17 of the
Methodical Digest, including the reason(s) it should be enacted, to every
subordinate Lodge holden under the Grand Lodge by first class mail before the
first day of September next preceding the Annual Communication of the Grand
Lodge. Each such resolution shall include the name and Lodge number of the
persons submitting it.
Except with the unanimous consent of the Grand Lodge no alteration of or
amendment to an existing law or the enactment of a new law shall be considered
at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge at which it was introduced.
All other propositions, resolutions or motions, including amendments and
substitutes, except motions to adopt reports of committees or motions made
during the election of officers shall be submitted in writing. The sponsor of
all such propositions, resolutions, or motions shall arise, state his name,
office and Lodge and audibly read or have it audibly read, leaving a signed
copy thereof with the Grand Secretary.
Sec. 1.17. Amendment of the Digest. — No amendment of
the Methodical Digest shall be made by mere reference to any paragraph or
section, but the entire section proposed to be amended shall be repeated,
with any part to be omitted stricken out, and any new language underlined
or shown in bold type.
All items enacted into law, regardless of method of enactment, shall be
incorporated in the Methodical Digest. The text of the Grand Master's
decisions, to the extent still applicable, shall be incorporated into the
Methodical Digest at the end of the section to which it refers but only at
such times as the Methodical Digest is revised.