Chris Barkley and Vincent Docherty’s proposals to make major changes to several Hugo categories, first published by File 770, are now on the Worldcon 75 business meeting agenda (see page 29, item D.6.)
However, Docherty would prefer they not go to an immediate up-and-down vote, but be sent to a study committee. Docherty writes:
Given the number of Hugo category proposals this year, and that we have managed to trigger some public discussion about the proposed changes, we have proposed the creation of a Hugo Awards Study Committee, to which a number of the category changes can be referred to.
Docherty, seconded by Nicholas Whyte, have made a motion to that effect (same link above, page 6, item B.2.1).
B.2.1 Short Title: Hugo Awards Study Committee (amendment by substitution)
Moved: to substitute for B.2 the following: To create a Hugo Awards Study Committee, appointed by the Chair, to
(1) Study revisions to Article 3 (Hugo Awards) of the WSFS Constitution, including any such proposals for amending Article 3 as may be referred to it by the Business Meeting or suggested by others;
(2) Make recommendations, which may include proposing constitutional amendments, to the 2018 Business Meeting; and
(3) Authorize the Chair of the Committee to appoint other persons to serve on the committee at the Chair’s discretion.
Docherty told File 770 there are certain rules to be navigated before the committee can be created:
As mentioned in the commentary under B.2.1. the rules of the Business Meeting are that Constitutional amendments currently on the agenda for this year’s meeting cannot be referred to this proposed committee by the Preliminary Business Meeting (on Thursday), but can be referred to it by the Main Business Meeting (on Friday or later). Kevin Standee and the Business Meeting team have been very helpful with the preparations and will keep us on track I’m sure.