FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEGISLATION (????)
245 Second Street NE, Washington DC 20002
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is guided by the General Committee, members of which are appointed by those yearly meetings who wish to participate in its services. These services are primarily twofold:
- keeping Friends and other interested persons informed on legislation before Congress on issues of concern to Friends so that Friends can respond in an informed and timely manner on their own behalf
- presenting to members of the Congress views with respect to current legislation based upon legislative policy as established by the General Committee
The FCNL has suggested that yearly meetings with membership up to five thousand name up to six representatives. Reappointments at the end of their terms are left to the discretion of the yearly meetings. The Nominating Committee of FCNL may appoint members at large, who cannot be more than one-third of the total committee.
Functions of New York Yearly Meeting Representatives
The representatives attend the annual meeting of the General Committee. They organize interest groups on FCNL priorities at Yearly Meeting sessions in order to deepen the understanding of FCNL and its work. They may also assist in fundraising and in encouraging contacts within local meetings to further FCNL work. They report to the Yearly Meeting, including an annual written report.
Organization & Method of Appointment
New York Yearly Meeting has six representatives, two appointed each year for three-year terms. These appointments are made by the Yearly Meeting on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee. The representatives name a convener and a representative to the Witness Coordinat-ing Committee.
Meeting Times & Places
The annual meeting is held in the Washington, D.C., area in November.
The Yearly Meeting contributes to an expense fund in the Operating Budget for representatives attending the FCNL annual meeting.