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*PASSED* 2019 General Law Amendment

Posted on July 1st, 2019 at 2:03 PM

Amendment will be effective on January 1, 2020.

Section 48.2 –  Provide and Enforce Rules:
 
Current:

The House Committee shall prepare and formulate rules and regulations governing the operations of the social quarters or home including, but not limited to:
 
1. The conduct of members and their guests during all social activities

2. A dress code for members and guests during all social activities

3. The admission and conduct of minors

4. Smoking during social functions
 
The House Committee shall comply with all state, local or provincial laws governing smoking. If smoking is lawful, the House Committee shall adopt rules and regulations regarding smoking during social functions.  The rules and regulations governing smoking shall be considerate of all members and provide smoke free areas.  It is recommended that smoking be prohibited during all meal functions occurring in separate areas from the social quarters.
 
Vulgar, profane, and indecent conduct or language is absolutely prohibited at any time in the social quarters, home, on lodge property or during a Moose sponsored activity. In addition to the General Laws, the House Committee shall enforce additional adopted and approved rules.
 

Effective January 1, 2020

The House Committee shall prepare and formulate rules and regulations governing the operations of the social quarters or home including, but not limited to:
 
1. The conduct of members and their guests during all social activities

2. A dress code for members and guests during all social activities

3. The admission and conduct of minors
 
The use of any tobacco product or smoking device (including e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited at any time in the social quarters or lodge home. The use of any tobacco product or smoking device (including e-cigarettes) is allowed on Lodge property in lawful outdoor areas or areas for which the General Governor’s Office has provided a dispensation.
The use of all cannabis products is absolutely prohibited at any time in the social quarters, lodge home, or on lodge property. Vulgar, profane, and indecent conduct or language is absolutely prohibited at any time in the social quarters, home, on lodge property or during a Moose sponsored activity. In addition to the General Laws, the House Committee shall enforce additional adopted and approved rules.
 
Reasoning:  Smoking in our lodge homes is repeatedly cited as a primary reason why members leave and prospects do not join the Moose. As the percentage of smokers, especially younger individuals, continues to decline, the presence of smoke within our lodge homes inhibits our ability to recruit and retain members.  Despite the proposed change to eliminate indoor smoking, the revision does not preclude lodges from creating areas or structures that may accommodate their members who smoke.