By-Laws of the Libertarian Party of Broward County

Article 1 Executive

Section 1. Adoption of LPF docs

The LPBC shall adopt the Constitution and By-Laws of the Libertarian Party of Florida as its basic guidance.

 

Section 2. Florida Law

Until F.S.103.95 section 3, where it reads “and no member may hold more than one office, except that one person may hold the offices of secretary and treasurer. ” is changed or abolished no two offices in the LPBC EC may be combined.

 

Section 3. The Officers

The Chair shall be elected in odd numbered years and serve 2 terms and no more than (4) consecutive terms.

The Vice chair shall be elected in even numbered years and serve 2 terms

The Secretary shall be elected in even numbered years and serve 2 terms

The Treasurer shall be elected in odd numbered years and shall 2 terms.

 

Section 4. Composition of the EC

Along with the Officers, the body of the executive committee shall be composed of (1) regional representative for each region in the county. The duties of which shall be prescribed below and in the Standing Rules.

Currently there are (2) regions in Broward County.

  1. The current regional makeup of the county is as follows: North Region and South Region.

The North Region is recognized as everything North of Interstate 595, the Port and Airport. The region stops at the Palm Beach county line to the north and Collier County line to the west.

The South Region is recognized as everything South of Interstate 595. The region stops at the Miami Dade county line to the south and the Collier County line to the west.

  1. Regional Representative shall serve (1) term and be elected at the Annual Meeting.
  2. Along with the Officers, Regional Representative(s), the body of the executive committee shall

Be composed of (1) At-Large Director.

The At-Large Director shall serve (1) term and be elected at the annual meeting. The duties of which shall be prescribed below and in the standing Rules.

  1. Currently, the voting members of the Executive Committee are the Officers, the Regional

Representative(s) and At Large Director(s).

  1. The LPF Regional Representative is also recognized as a nonvoting member of the body of the

Executive Committee.

This section is null and void, if, the LPF Regional Representative is already serving as a voting member of the LPBC EC.

  1. the Chairs of all standing committees are required to be in attendance for all business meetings.

The chairs of standing committees are not voting members of the EC, unless they also serve on the EC.

Any Chair may request an excused absence ahead of any scheduled business meeting.

 

 

Article 2

LPBC EC Duties

 

Section 1 Officers

The duties of the Officers are as follows:

The Chair shall be the head of the LPBC, presiding over all regular meetings of the party, the Annual Meeting and is the first spokesperson for the LPBC.

The Chair shall oversee all day to day actions taken by the LPBC.

The Chair may be responsible for duties, tasks and decisions to be made related to the day to day functions of the Party that may not be directly listed in the Bylaws for purpose of expediency.

The Chair may appoint any LPBC member to fill any vacancy on the EC or any committee chair or call for a special election.

The Vice Chair shall serve as presiding officer in the absence of the Chair; shall be the second spokesperson for the LPBC; shall be responsible for the committee work of the LPBC; may represent the committees at executive sessions; and shall serve as ex officio member of all committees.

As ex Officio, is recognized to not count for or against quorum for any committee.

The Vice Chair may appoint any LPBC member to fill any vacancy on any committee.

The Secretary shall serve as recorder for all meetings of the party, conventions, and Executive Committee.

The Secretary shall be the custodian of the minutes of all meetings, correspondence, committee reports, and the Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules.

The Secretary shall also serve as the Secretary of the Membership Committee, and shall be responsible for maintaining party membership records.

The Treasurer is the Chief Finance Officer, who shall be custodian of all funds, receiving,  disposing and accounting of all funds at the discretion of the Executive Committee and subject to the Bylaws and Standing Rules.

The Treasurer shall notify the Executive Committee as soon as possible of any and all impending cost to the organization that are necessary in order for the organization to remain either a recognized affiliate of the LPF or to be in compliance with state law or county ordinance. Also, If there any agreements the LPBC has entered that have an annual cost which may require renewal.

All Officers shall make regular or monthly reports to the LPBC. These reports can be filed either electronically, during tele conference or by mail.

 

Section 3 Body

The duties of the Regional Representatives are as follows:

They shall serve as a liaison officer for any unofficial Libertarian clubs or organizations that are located in their specific region.

They shall serve as the first contact for new members and libertarian voters in their specific region.

It is not required that a regional representative reside in the region they represent or wish to represent.

They shall make regular or monthly reports to the LPBC. These reports should contain details of various political activity taking place or scheduled to take place in their specific region. These reports can be filed either electronically, during tele conference or by mail.

 

Section 4 Directors

The duties of the At Large Directors are as follows:

They may in a time of vacancy act as a stand in for any regional representative or Officer.

They may also serve as a committee chair, should a temporary or permanent vacancy occur.

They shall serve at the will of the committee to assist in a variety of task(s) or to oversee any special project that may occur.

They shall make regular or monthly reports to the LPBC of any and actions or activities they are involved in. These reports can be filed either electronically, during tele conference or by mail.

 

Section 5 Attendance

All voting members of the EC should make every effort to be in attendance during any scheduled business meeting.

Any voting member of the EC who cannot be in attendance for a regular business meeting can notify the Chair and ask for an excuse absence. A total of (2) excused absences are allowed consecutively.

Any voting member of the EC who is absent, unexcused for (3) consecutive business  meeting shall be considered resigned.

Any voting member of the EC who is absent, excused for (2) consecutive business meeting plus (2) unexcused absences consecutively shall be considered resigned.

Any voting member of the EC who is absent from more than 40% of all regular scheduled business meetings over a 12 month period shall be considered resigned.

 

Section 6 LPF Affiliation

The LPBC shall no later than April 1st re affiliate with the Libertarian Party of Florida, otherwise the Party shall dissolve.

 

Section 7 Regular Meetings

The LPBC Executive Committee can meet each month at a time and place to be determined.

The LPBC EC may also cancel any monthly meeting. Any changes to the monthly meeting require notification by email or publication for the membership at least 48 hours in advance.

There are no limitations to how many meetings that can occur in a calendar year.

Quorum shall be a majority of the voting membership of the EC.

Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the Chair or ⅔  of the EC at any time, provided the purpose of the meeting, time, date and contact information is given at least 24 hours in advance. Only items listed in the notice for a special meeting shall be acted upon at the special meeting.

 

Section 8 Misc.

Any appointments made by the Chair or Vice Chair must be confirmed by a majority vote of the EC. This must occur at the first regular meeting of the EC when or after the appointment is made.

Any vacancies that are to be filled by a special election shall follow the same procedures outlined for elections and the members be given atleast (15) days notice in advance.

The LPBC shall not support any candidate of another party in any partisan race in Broward County.

 

 

Article 3

LPBC membership

 

Section 1 Member Defined

Voting “Membership” shall be defined as two parts.

Anyone who has taken a pledge to oppose the initiation of force against others for monetary, social or political gain. And to recognize the only justifiable use of force is self defense. This can be done through the LPBC or by joining the LPF.

Anyone who has attended atleast (2) LPBC meetings per calendar year.

 

Article 4

Annual Business Meeting Procedure

 

Section 1

The LPBC will hold an Annual Business Meeting once a year no later than Feb 28th, to hold  elections and make changes to these governing documents.

The LPBC shall publish notification and location of the Annual Business Meeting no less       than 45 days prior to the date of the meeting. *1

Notification will be in the form of electronic correspondence, i.e. email or website or social media.

 

Section 2

Any member seeking to be elected or appointed to serve on the Executive Committee or an LPBC standing or Ad Hoc committee shall be a resident of Broward County, a member of the Libertarian Party of Florida, and shall, upon request, show proof of registration as a Libertarian voter in the State of Florida.

Any member seeking a LPBC officer or EC position or LPBC committee member, must inform the Secretary or Chairperson no later than 15 days before the annual meeting.

This particular notification must be done in manner in which proof can be shown after the fact that notification was indeed sent.

Examples would be e-mail, written post on social media on an account bearing the member’s name, written letter, video post, etc… So long as the Chair and/or The Secretary is notified of the intent to seek a position with the LPBC.

 

Section 3

All newly elected LPBC EC or committee members shall take their position at the end of the Annual Business Meeting.

 

Section 4

The order of business and persons to appear before the Party, shall be determined by the Chair and confirmed by the Secretary.

 

 

Article 5

LPBC Standing Committees

 

Section 1 Introduction

The Standing Committees are as follows:

Rules and Judiciary

Communications and Marketing

Membership

Candidate and Political Review

 

Section 2 Committee Roles

Rules and Judiciary

This committee shall be responsible for recommending any changes to the governing documents of the LPBC.

This committee is tasked with resolving all matters of conflicts between LPBC EC members and the general membership with regards to interpreting these governing documents and to make a final determination as to whether or not a given action is appropriate. Examples being, motions out of order, suspensions or reinstatement.

The Chair shall be an advisory member of this committee.

Communications and Marketing

This committee shall be responsible for receiving and sending all communication of the LPBC.

The committee is also tasked with creating and maintaining an online presence that should be focused primarily on Broward specific issues and events.

The committee is also tasked with creating marketing ideas and fundraising strategies.

The Treasurer shall be an advisory member of this committee.

Membership

This committee shall be responsible for maintaining records of all members and to promote new LPF voters.

The committee is also tasked with creating ideas and strategies to bring in more members to the party, as well increasing the number of registered Libertarian voters in Broward County.

The committee is also tasked with credentialing all members for the Annual Business Meeting.

The Secretary shall be a member of this committee.

Candidate and Political Review

This committee shall be responsible for recruiting, training, assisting potential Libertarian candidates and bringing them to the EC for certification.

The committee is also tasked with identifying areas where prospective Libertarian candidates can obtain the most success.

The committee is also tasked with identifying areas where the LPBC can obtain success in regards to other political matters, examples being petition drives or speaking against new ordinances that, if passed, will amount to less freedom either economically or socially in a given area of Broward County.

The committee can also prepare press release statements to the general public in regards to political matters which the LPBC can oppose or support.

The At Large Director shall be a member of this committee.

 

Section 3 Additional Committee Duties

Terms for all committee members including chairs, but not the Ex officio are for (1) term.

It is the duty of all committee chairs to check with their members, should they wish to continue to serve on the committee. In the absence of a committee chair, the ex Officio may continue the duties, until a new Chair is appointed.

The Chairs of all committee may meet privately to collaborate, any action or money spent must be reported to the EC before doing so.

All committee Chairs shall make regular or monthly reports to the LPBC. These reports can be filed either electronically, during tele conference or by mail.

During the Annual Business Meeting, all standing committees shall make a report of all activities and actions of the committee. This report starts from the close of the previous Annual Business Meeting to the current. This report should be accessible to the delegates in attendance.

 

Article 6

LPBC Ad Hoc Committees

 

Section 1 Ad Hoc Introduction

The Ad Hoc Committees are as follows:

Events and Action

 

Section 2 Duties

The Events and Action committee is hereby created in the year 2017 and shall expire at the Annual Business Meeting of 2019. The committee’s purpose and duties are as follows:

This committee will be tasked with locating venues to host social events and gatherings for the party.

This committee will also be tasked with locating and organizing political events and gatherings.

This committee should work with the standing committees in order to be able to budget, schedule events and send out notice to the membership with as much lead time as possible.

 

Article 7

Dereliction of Duties, Penalty and Removal Procedure

Section 1 Public Support Violation

It shall be the duty of all members of this Executive Committee to carry out their duties as described in these governing documents. Violations committed in this section are punishable by suspension or complete removal of the the EC member found in violation by the remaining members of the Executive Committee .

All who serve on the EC may not publicly support any candidate who opposes any Libertarian candidate that has

Been certified by the LPF, or

Been certified by the LPBC, or

Is the LNC nominee for President/Vice President of the United States

This section is to include the Chairpersons of all LPBC committees.

 

 

Section 2 Violation of Non Aggression Pledge

If any member of the EC is found to be in violation of the NAP, they may be suspended or removed entirely from the the committee by the remaining committee members.

Any member of the LPBC may be suspended by a vote of the Executive Committee for violation of the Non-Aggression oath.

Upon suspension the member may appeal in writing within 30 days. After the appeal is heard, the Rules and Judiciary committee will have no more than 30 days to make a final recommendation to the EC.

 

Section 3 Recall

Any LPBC EC member may be recalled via an organized meeting by any voting member. The procedure shall begin with the collections of signatures. The amount of petitions required should be equal or greater than 60% of the total delegates present at the previous Annual Business Meeting.

 

Section 4 Other Removal

Any LPBC EC member or committee Chair may be removed from their position for dereliction of duties by a vote of the majority of remaining EC members.

 

Article 8

Miscellaneous and By Laws additions

Section 1

Any and all changes to these ByLaws require a 2/3 vote of the delegates present at the Annual Meeting. A vote to change or modify the Bylaws may only occur during the Annual Business Meeting or during a special meeting called for by The EC.

 

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