Understanding the Resolution Process

So what is a Resolution anyway? It is a general value statement supporting an ideal or principle in response to threats to our democratic values. Many of us have heard of resolutions from our local agencies, that the City and County clerk put out during public sessions. These resolutions are meant to acknowledge the legacy of those who are worthy of mention, to react to a series of tragic yet preventable events, to proactively urge equality, denounce discriminatory practices, reaffirm opposition, support protections and declare the need for transparency.  These are just some examples. What resolution ideas do you have?

Per the CDP, the Resolutions Committee reviews all resolutions proposed to the committee or the Executive Board in accordance with the California Democratic State Central Committee (CDP) Bylaws. This committee has authority to recommend, reject, or amend all such resolutions prior to referral to the committee or the Executive Board. The Resolutions Committee establishes and publishes the procedures for the proposition of resolutions that are consistent with the Party’s Bylaws.

The deadline to submit a timely resolution for consideration at the Executive Board Meeting in August 2017 is Wednesday, July 26 at 5:00 PM. Late resolutions are not timely and may not be considered until the Executive Board Meeting in November 2017.

If you are interested in submitting a resolution to the Resolutions Committee visit the CADEM link to Resolutions.


All resolutions must be typed. A resolution, when initially submitted, must fit on a single 8 ½” x 11″ page.* A resolution shall contain no more than three “inducement” or “whereas” clauses and no more than two “resolve” clauses, and shall be no longer than 400 words.

For every resolution submitted to the Committee one single sponsor contact must be designated by the other sponsors. A single alternate sponsor contact is optional. The sponsor contact and alternate must be DSCC members.Please be advised: Resolutions are intended to be general statements of our principles.

Resolutions that dive into highly technical and detailed policy recommendations may not be considered by the Committee at their meeting.

Resolutions should not reference or take positions on specific bill numbers, legislation, or ballot initiatives.

The resolving body of the resolution MUST be the California Democratic Party, not a different organization.

Resolutions may be submitted three ways: via online submission form (preferred & recommended method); emailed to sarah@cadem.org or mailed to the CDP Sacramento office at 1830 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. Online submission is the safest way to ensure your submission is received

This information in detail can also be found in CDP By-Laws Article V, Section 5c.

Click here for more information on How to Submit a Resolution.


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