There is a Masonic law book in Texas. There are procedures that can be used to fix problems. If a GM goes crazy, vote some leadership into office to fix the issue. We don't need more rules. There are plenty already...
The situation in Arkansas is indeed an embarrassment. If some USA Grand Lodges would withdraw fraternal relations, and the Mother Grand Lodge in England would withdraw, maybe some changes would occur.
Wow... Arkansas continues to have Grand Lodge leadership problems. When will that infrastfucture be taken down and rebuilt again? How much longer will this embaressment continue? Sad times for Arkansas masons....
But back to the BoR's - Maybe something drafted by the UGLE is the best place to start as this should be totally unbiased and GL offices in "troubled states" can not influence them. We maybe Freemasons, but we are human and as much as we would love to have honest men on the level, this will not always be the case.
I guess the biggest concern for the "troubled" states is that the GL would be the one writing up these BoR's ...
Drafting a "model" bill of rights, would not be a difficult task. Just go back about 5-10 years, and examine all of the abuses and usurpations which grand Lodges and Grand Masters have perpetrated.
Getting such a bill of rights adopted, would be another matter. Only if masons who are convinced that a problem exist would ever want to work towards a solution. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it mentality).
The only way a Bill of Rights would ever get adopted, is to draft a "model" bill of rights, and then submit it to every Grand Lodge. Then the membership of the various grand lodges, could "tweak" the model to their own needs.
Most of the recent abuses have been based on the notion that if a GM has the authority to "make a Mason on site" as a landmark he can have the power (power and authority are not the same things) to "unmake" a Mason. If a GM could not expel a brother without a trial at the lodge level (NOT the GL level) many abuses of the last two decades might not have happened.