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July 26-27, 2017
@ League Office




NOT Finalized Yet!


Action Proposals for Summer Meeting:
** Note:  Action Proposals must be submitted at least 30 days prior, otherwise, they could be reserved for a future meeting.

 Date Area / Topic Status
 4/11/17 No Rules Changes Discussed; No Action Taken
 4/12/17 IE Ballots Discussed; No Action Taken
 4/23/17 Middle School Events Developed in Committee
 4/26/17 Endowment and Technology Discussed; No Action Taken
 5/07/17 Board Eligibility Defeated
 5/07/17 District Hosting Obligations Discussed; No Action Taken
 5/07/17 Board Eligibility - Conflicts Discussed; No Action Taken
 5/08/17 Battling Canned Speeches Discussed; No Action Taken
 5/08/17 Board Financial Responsibility Withdrawn by Author
 6/02/17 Posting Debate Ballots Discussed; No Action Taken
 6/16/17 Exploring Co-Op Teams Discussed; No Action Taken






May 7-8, 2017
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH







Action Proposals for May Meeting:
** Note:  Action Proposals must be submitted at least 30 days prior, otherwise, they could be reserved for a future meeting.

 Date Area / Topic Status
 11/07/16 BQS Incentives for Debate Rounds  Discussed; No Action Taken
 11/08/16 Extemp Double Entry  Discussed; No Action Taken
 11/08/16 Profanity  Approved
 11/12/16 Evidence Exchange  Approved Concept; Rules Committee
 11/26/16 Debate Judge Preference  Discussed; No Action Taken
 11/26/16 Speech - Ballots at State  Discussed; No Action Taken
 11/26/16 Extemp - CX in Semis  Approved; State Quarters and Semis
 11/26/16 Extemp - Draw Timing at State  Discussed; No Action Taken
 11/26/16 Disclosure in Debate  Discussed; No Action Taken
 12/29/16 Partner Assistance  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/10/17 Reimbursement  Modified then Approved
 1/17/17 Partner Assistance (2)  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/18/17 Direct Questioning  Approved for State Tournament
 1/18/17 Evidence Rules (Congress)  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/18/17 Bid Verification  Discussed; Rules Committee
 1/24/17 Eliminate Extemp "Greatest Hits"  Approved
 1/25/17 Remove Team/District Protection  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/25/17 Mavericks in Debate  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/30/17 Debate Paradigms  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/30/17 Debate Elimination Rounds  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/30/17 Expand Board of Directors (1)  Discussed; No Action Taken
 1/30/17 Expand Board of Directors (2)  Discussed; No Action Taken
 3/03/17 Audible Phone Rule  Discussed; Rules Committee
 3/05/17 Seeding JV  Discussed; No Action Taken
 3/05/17 Computer Judges  Discussed; Inquire with SpeechWire
 3/05/17 Judge Expectations  Discussed; No Action Taken
 3/05/17 Experienced Judges  Discussed; Rules Committee
 3/06/17 Eliminate Base System  Discussed; Congress Committee
 3/06/17 Sponsorship of Action Proposals  Discussed; No Action Taken
 3/11/17 Middle School Debaters  Discussed; No Action Taken
 3/11/17 Flowing Break Rounds  Discussed; No Action Taken
 4/07/17 State Speech - Cumulative Ranks  Discussed; Tabled for Summer





February 24-25, 2017
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH





Action Proposals for February Meeting:
** Note:  Action Proposals must be submitted at least 30 days prior, otherwise, they could be reserved for a future meeting.

 Date Area / Topic Status
 11/07/16 BQS Incentives for Debate Rounds Deferred to May
 11/08/16 Extemp Double Entry Deferred to May
 11/08/16 Profanity Deferred to May
 11/12/16 Evidence Exchange Deferred to May
 11/26/16 Debate Judge Preference Deferred to May
 11/26/16 Speech - Ballots at State Defeated 7-5-0 (unanimous required)
 11/26/16 Extemp - CX in Semis Deferred to May
 11/26/16 Extemp - Draw Timing at State Deferred to May
 11/26/16 Disclosure in Debate Deferred to May
 12/29/16 Partner Assistance Deferred to May
 1/10/17 Reimbursement Deferred to May
 1/17/17 Partner Assistance (2) Deferred to May
 1/18/17 Direct Questioning Deferred to May
 1/18/17 Evidence Rules (Congress) Deferred to May
 1/18/17 Bid Verification Deferred to May
 1/24/17 Eliminate Extemp "Greatest Hits" Deferred to May
 1/25/17 Remove Team/District Protection Deferred to May
 1/25/17 Mavericks in Debate Deferred to May









Action Proposals for December Meeting:
** Note:  Action Proposals must be submitted at least 30 days prior, otherwise, they could be reserved for a future meeting.

 Date Area / Topic Status
 9/10/16 Separation of Powers Approved
 10/29/16 BQS - Power Pairing Discussed; No Action Taken
 10/31/16 District / State Missed Rounds Discussed; No Action Taken
 10/31/16 Entry Numbers for Districts Discussed; No Action Taken





September 9-10, 2016
@ Laurel School (Cleveland District)






Action Proposals for September Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 8/01/16 Congress Sweeps at State Approved
 8/01/16 Districts - Eliminate 39 Entry Limit Approved
 8/10/16 Debate Tie-Breaking Rules Approved Head-to-Head only
 8/11/16 Material in Declamation Approved except item #5






June 30 - July 1, 2016
@ League Office (Toledo, OH)





Action Proposals for Summer Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 3/07/16 Congress Breaks at State Implementing idea from May
 3/07/16 Congress Judge Pool at State Implementing idea from May
 4/01/16 State Congress Docket Implementing idea from May
 4/01/16 State Congress Legislation Similar Item Approved
 5/02/16 Debate Althoff Language Adopted into TOM




May 1-2, 2016
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH





Action Proposals for May Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 08/12/15 Wild Cards Discussed; No Action Taken
 12/07/15 BQS - Multiple Entries Discussed; No Action Taken
 01/24/16 Congress Bids Defeated
 02/06/16 IE BQS Discussed; No Action Taken
 02/06/16 IE Rank Sheets Approved for State Only
 03/07/16 Congress Breaks at State Approved Pending Implementation
 03/07/16 PDQ Fee Approved
 03/07/16 IE Schedule at State Discussed; Lack of "Second"
 03/07/16 Congress Judge Pool at State Discussed; No Action Taken
 03/07/16 Cell Phone Penalty Defeated
 03/10/16 Online Judge Paradigms Pending Implementation
 03/22/16 Clarification of Snake No Discussion (No Team Protection)
 03/30/16 PDQ Byes Approved
 04/01/16 State Congress Legislation Tabled for Summer
 04/01/16 State Congress Docket Determine Process at Summer Meeting
 04/07/16 BQS Elimination Rounds Approved
 04/07/16 Speech Tiebreakers at State Approved
 04/07/16 Team Protection at State Approved
 04/07/16 Debate Plan #5 for Districts Approved
 04/08/16 NSDA Qualification to State Approved for Speech only
 04/08/16 BQS Bid Limit Defeated
 04/08/16 Debate Bracket Integrity Approved
 04/08/16 PDQ Ratio Approved




February 26-27, 2016
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH



Action Proposals for February Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 12/07/15 BQS - Multiple Entries Save for May Meeting
 01/24/16 Congress Bids Save for May Meeting
 02/06/16 IE BQS Save for May Meeting
 02/06/16 IE Rank Sheets Save for May Meeting
 02/07/16 Novice States Debate Topic Not Applicable to OHSSL
 02/20/16 INF/POI through NSDA Defeated
 02/21/16 Web Info - Meetings Implemented
 02/21/16 Policy PDQ on Web Implemented
 02/26/16 Kenyon College Debate Camp Discussed; No Action Taken




December 1, 2015
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH


Action Proposals for December Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 09/20/15 Sponsorship Speeches Discussed; No Action Taken
 11/23/15 PF - Switch Sides Discussed; No Action Taken
 11/28/15 Coaches Conference Defeated




September 18-19, 2015
@ Cincinnati Princeton High School (GMV)



Action Proposals for September Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 08/12/15 Wild Cards Discussed; No Action Taken
 08/18/15 Policy PDQ Discussed; No Action Taken
 09/06/15 Cover Sheets / Scripts Approved
 09/16/15 Debate Topics Discussed; No Action Taken
 09/17/15 District Entries Defeated
 09/19/15 Waiver Procedure Approved




June 25-26, 2015
@ League Office (Tipp City, OH)



Action Proposals for June Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 06/16/15 Novice States Discussed; No Action Taken
 06/16/15 Policy Debate Approved
 06/22/15 Congress: 3 to 4 Approved
 06/24/15 Congress: BQS Defeated
 06/24/15 District Elections Approved




May 3-4, 2015
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH


Action Proposals for May Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 04/04/15 Extemp Prep - WiFi Discussed; No Action Taken
 12/16/14 Mavericks in PF / Bid System Approved
 12/11/14 Flexibility in IE Approved




February 27, 2015
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH


Action Proposals for February Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 12/16/14 Mavericks in PF / Bid System Approved
 12/11/14 Flexibility in IE Approved




December 2, 2014
@ Quality Inn - Bellville, OH


Action Proposals for December Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 11/09/14 Bid System Clarification in PF Approved
 11/09/14 Bid System Clarification Modified then Approved
 11/08/14 Bid System Modification Defeated
 09/20/14 Procedure for Changes Tabled for July Meeting




September 19-20, 2014
@ Boardman High School (YNG)



Action Proposals for September Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 07/20/14 Posting Action Proposals Implemented
 08/04/14 Amend LD Judging Criteria Approved
 08/17/14 Congress Rule Changes Wording Committee Formed
 08/19/14 Bid System for State Modified then Approved
 08/26/14 Congress Qualification Other Action Taken
 09/06/14 Congress Alternatives Other Action Taken
 09/08/14 Qualifier Ratio Other Action Taken




July 15-16, 2014
@ League Office (Tipp City, OH)



Action Proposals for July Meeting:

 Date Area / Topic Status
 05/28/14 Add Expository Speaking Approved with Amendment
 06/30/14 Extemp CX at State Defeated
 06/30/14 District Congress Approved
 06/30/14 PDQ in Policy Debate Discussed; No Action Taken
 07/05/14 Policy Sharing Discussed; No Action Taken
 07/05/14 Open Internet - Debate Discussed; No Action Taken
 07/05/14 PDQ in LD/PF Returned for Further Details
 07/05/14 Evidence Sharing Prep Time Judge Wording Adopted
 07/13/14 Breaking Ties in Debate Approved
 07/13/14 School Protection in Debate Approved
 07/16/14 Fee Relief Approved