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Policy Development Process Petitions

About petitions

A petition is the process by which the community can advance a proposal or draft policy which the Advisory Council (AC) did not choose to move forward. Petitions are part of the Policy Development Process; they act as a check and balance on the power of the AC.

There are petitions against delay, rejection due to scope, and abandonment.

Petitions can be started by anyone. Petitions need the support of additional community members in order to succeed.

A successful petition is one which gains the support of the required number of people. Petition results are posted to the PPML.

Petition Points

Per the PDP there are several petition points:

  1. Delay of a Proposal - A Policy Proposal that has not been accepted as a Draft Policy after 60 days may be petitioned. The petition period is 5 days. This petition needs the support of 10 people from 10 organizations. A successful petition turns the Proposal into a Draft Policy under the control of the petitioner.
  2. Proposal Rejection - A Proposal that is rejected for being out of scope may be petitioned. The petition period is 5 days. This petition needs the support of 10 people from 10 organizations. A successful petition refers the Proposal to the Board for consideration.
  3. Abandonment - Abandoned drafts may be petitioned. The petition period is 5 days. The petition needs the support of 10 people from 10 organizations. A successful petition of an abandoned Draft or Recommended Draft Policy puts the draft under the control of the petitioner.
  4. Petition for Recommended Status - A Draft Policy that has not been advanced as a Recommended Draft Policy after 90 days may be petitioned. The petition period is 5 days. This petition needs the support of 15 people from 15 organizations. A successful petition results in a Recommened Draft Policy under the control of the petitioner.
  5. Petition for Last Call - A Recommended Draft Policy that has not been advanced to Last Call within 60 after being presented at a PPC may be petitioned. The petition period is 5 days. This petition needs the support of 20 people from 20 organizations. A successful petition moves the Recomended Draft Policy to Last Call.
  6. Petition for Board of Trustees Consideration - A Recommended Draft Policy that has not been sent to the Board by the AC within 60 days of Last Call may be petitioned. The petition period is 5 days. This petition needs the support of 25 people from 25 organizations. A successful petition moves the Recomended Draft Policy to the Board for consideration.

Starting and participating in petitions

ARIN staff posts the results of the AC’s decisions to the PPML shortly after the AC has met. Rejection and abandonment decisions are pointed out, and, the deadline for starting a petition is provided. Petitions take place on the PPML; those who wish to start a petition and/or participate in petitions must be subscribed to the list.

If you wish to petition a decision of the AC, send a message to PPML. The message must contain the proposal/draft policy text that you want to move forward and a statement on why the petitioned is warranted.

ARIN staff will confirm the validity of the petition and the petition period.

If you wish to support a petition, simply post a statement of support to PPML on the petition thread.

Sample PDP petition posts

Petition starters:

Discussion Petition (Proposal has not been accepted as a Draft Policy)

The AC should have already accepted “Name of Proposal” as a Draft Policy. I petition to move the following text forward for discussion on the list and at the next Public Policy Meeting. Please support moving this proposal forward now by posting statements in support of the petition to this list.

<proposal text>
<Name, Organization>

###

Petition for Recommended Status

The AC should have advanced the following draft policy to recommended status. I petition to advance it as a Recommended Draft Policy on the Public Policy Mailing List. Please support this by posting statements in support of the petition to this list.

<draft policy text>

<Name, Organization>

###

Petition for Last Call

The AC should have sent the following recommened draft policy to last call. I petition to move it to last call on the Public Policy Mailing List. Please support advancing this draft policy to last call by posting statements in support of the petition to this list.

<draft policy text>

<Name, Organization>

###

Board Consideration Petition

The AC should have recommended this recommended draft policy to the ARIN Board of Trustees for adoption. I petition to move it to the Board for their consideration. Please support this petition by posting statements of support to this list.

<draft policy text>

<Name, Organization>

Statement of support (posted to petition thread):

I support this petition.
<Name, Organization>