DNC Lawyers: Only Half of Fla., Mich. Can Be Seated Saturday

Rules committee not allowed to go further
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 2:06 PM CDT
Michigan Democratic Party committee members listen to a vote of the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – By Democratic Party rules, the long-awaited committee meeting on Saturday is authorized to re-seat no more than half of the outlaw delegations from Florida and Michigan, party lawyers have advised in a new memo. The Rules and Bylaws Committee is required to maintain a penalty for the leapfrogging states that cuts their original delegate counts at least by half, the AP reports.

The 38-page analysis also confirmed that the committee was allowed to strip the 368 delegates in the first place. There does, however, remain a path to reinstating the entire slates, the lawyers said: the Credentials Committee could vote to do so, but it couldn’t happen until the opening day of the August convention.