This will not be a detailed blow-by-blow set of minutes, but a summary of today's Preliminary WSFS Business Meeting. You may want to check out the last on-line version of the 2006 Agenda to see what was in the advance agenda.
The incumbents were renominated for the WSFS Mark Protection committee. Nobody else was nominated.
We received financial reports from all WSFS conventions with reportable surpluses except the 2007 NASFiC, whose report should be in the minutes post-con. (The computer ate their homework.)
There was an attempt to add a "sunset" provision to the pending ratification of the Best Professional Editor Hugo Award Split that would cause it to revert to the existing wording unless the Business Meeting in 2009 took specific action. This was referred to a committee to consider the wording; expect a variation on the idea to be proposed tomorrow. (The Chair has ruled that such "sunset" provisions are in order at this time and would not prevent the ratification of the amended proposal, on the grounds that amending the Constitution for a limited period of time is less of a change than amending it permanently.)
The Best Professional Artist Hugo Award amendment, which would have had a significant effect upon how nomination votes for this category were counted, was replaced with a resolution (not a constitutional amendment) calling upon future Worldcons to enforce the nominee eligibility rules more closely in this category and to request nominated artists to provide samples of newly-published work from the eligibility year so the voters could see them. Then the resolution was sent to a committee for further discussion. Tomorrow's Main Meeting will get that resolution back along with any recommendations from that committee.
No action was taken on the Conversion Cap Clearance motion, which would raise the constitutionally-protected 90-day price cap on initial conversions of voting to attending memberships from 2x the advance supporting membership (voting) fee to 3x that fee, other than to set the debate time for tomorrow's Main Meeting.
The Taming the Digital Wilderness Committee motion that would change "printed" to "written" in Section 3.10.4 and to also add "websites" to the list of publication venues in that same section had no action other than the debate time limit; however, we expect a motion to refer it back to the Digital Wilderness Committee tomorrow.
A Resolution deploring "the demotion of Pluto from the ranks of true planets" was ruled ultra vires (outside of the scope of the society's rules), and that ruling was probably going to get appealed, but a privileged motion to Adjourn (one of the few times I've seen it deployed) shut off work for the day. This resolution and attendant material will be back tomorrow.
Elements of the discussion got a bit convoluted at times, but overall things seemed to go fairly smoothly.
Update, 8/25 14:40: Corrected section reference in the Digital Wilderness motion.