Bylaws of the FORT BEND COUNTY LIBERTARIAN PARTY (FBCLP)

Revision History

Adopted at special convention-ExComm meeting: Rev. 3.0 May 27, 2014;
Proposed in Convention: Rev. 2.0, March 15, 2014;
Rev. 1.0, March 17, 2012

ARTICLE I – Name of the Organization
ARTICLE II – Purpose of the Organization
ARTICLE III – Participants
ARTICLE IV – Organization
ARTICLE V – Executive Committee Business Meetings
ARTICLE VI – Conventions
ARTICLE VII – Parliamentary Authority
ARTICLE VIII – Amendment of Bylaws

ARTICLE I – Name of the Organization

The name of this organization shall be the Fort Bend County Libertarian Party, hereinafter referred to as the FBCLP. The FBCLP is an affiliate of The Libertarian Party of Texas (referred to herein as LPTexas).

ARTICLE II – Purpose of the Organization

The purpose of the FBCLP is to nominate and support candidates for public office who espouse the principles of Liberty and the Platform of LPTexas.

ARTICLE III – Participants

The requirements for participation in the FBCLP are as follows:

Be a resident of and registered voter of Fort Bend County
Satisfy the membership requirements of and be affiliated with LPTexas

Participants in the FBCLP are:

Eligible to serve on the FBCLP Executive Committee (ExComm)
Enjoy all other benefits of participation in the FBCLP

ARTICLE IV – Organization

The elected officers of the FBCLP shall be:

Chair
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Treasurer

The Members of the ExComm are Officers, Precinct Chairs, and Directors. Precinct Chairs must live in and be registered to vote in the Precinct they represent. Up to four Directors may be appointed by the ExComm to serve as members of the ExComm.

The Chair shall be the principal and presiding officer of the ExComm and the FBCLP. All Officers shall be initially elected by a majority vote, in a secret ballot, at a regular County Convention. Precinct Chairs are automatically members of the ExComm.

Officers of the ExComm shall assume their duties immediately upon the adjournment of the Convention which elected them and shall serve until resigned or removed or until the next County Convention, whichever occurs first. Precinct Chairs shall assume their duties immediately upon the adjournment of the Convention which elected them and shall serve until resigned, removed, or until the next Precinct Convention, whichever occurs first. Precinct Chair vacancies may be filled by the County Chair.  The ExComm may remove a Precinct Chair appointed by the County Chair for any reason. A Director shall take office upon appointment by ExComm and shall serve until resigned, removed, or until the next County Convention, whichever occurs first.

Any member of the ExComm may be removed at a properly scheduled and convened ExComm meeting by a three-quarters (¾) majority roll-call vote of the ExComm members present with the restriction that the member who is being voted upon for possible removal is required to abstain from the vote. Quorum must be counted and be present.

Any member of the ExComm shall be removed immediately if absent at the roll call of a properly scheduled and convened ExComm meeting if that member has had two (2) consecutive absences (including the current absence) from properly scheduled and convened ExComm meetings. A quorum is not required when counting absences.

A vacancy in the office of Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, or Treasurer shall be filled at a special ExComm meeting, scheduled no earlier than seven (7) days and no later than thirty (30) days after the vacancy. Seven (7) full days notice must be provided.

No person shall hold multiple ExComm positions except: (1) the Vice-Chair may serve as Secretary or Treasurer, (2) a Precinct Chair may serve as any Officer, (3) the Secretary may serve as Treasurer and vice-versa. The preceding exceptions must be approved by ExComm. In no event shall an ExComm member be allowed to cast more than one vote. There shall be no voting by proxy. It will be the duty of the chair to issue an annual report of the progress of the FBCLP at the completion of the year. This report will be issued no later than the February monthly business meeting of the FBCLP.

The ExComm shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the FBCLP, exercising full authority over the affairs of the FBCLP between the regular Conventions.

ARTICLE V – Executive Committee Business Meetings

Unless otherwise ordered by the ExComm, regularly scheduled quarterly business meetings of the ExComm shall be held. Special business meetings of the ExComm may be called by the Chair or by the written request of one-third of the members of the ExComm with a minimum notice of seven (7) full days. All regular and special meetings of the ExComm will be held between 6 PM and 11 PM on normal business days or between 10 AM and 9 PM on all other days. A majority of the ExComm shall constitute a quorum at all business meetings of the ExComm. All ExComm meetings shall be open to the public.

Each FBCLP participant is entitled to speak on issues before the ExComm but the ExComm shall be the final authority.

ARTICLE VI – Conventions

Regular Precinct Conventions of the FBCLP shall be held in each general election voting year. No delegates to the County Convention may be nominated outside of their own precinct.

A regular County Convention of the FBCLP shall be held in each general election voting year. Delegates allowed to participate in the activities of such a Convention shall consist of those persons present, duly nominated and elected at a precinct convention, who reside within the geographic boundaries of Fort Bend County, and who have affiliated with LPTexas for the current voting year. All delegates to the County Convention may vote on all matters coming before the convention regardless of residence within the county. All delegates to District Conventions may vote on all matters coming before those conventions regardless of residence within the District.

ARTICLE VII – Parliamentary Authority

These Bylaws constitute the official Rules of the FBCLP, and all other matters are governed by Rules of LPTexas. For any Rules not specifically covered in these Bylaws, Temporary Rules, or the Rules of LPTexas, the Rules contained in the latest Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Fort Bend County Libertarian Party and its Executive committee in official business meetings.

ARTICLE VIII – Amendment of Bylaws

These Bylaws may be amended at a regular Convention by a two-thirds vote of those delegates present. The ExComm may adopt temporary Rules which supersede these Bylaws by three-quarters (¾) majority vote at a properly scheduled and convened meeting of the ExComm. Said temporary Rules must be adopted and published at least thirty (30) days prior to the next Precinct Conventions and shall expire at the adjournment of the next County Convention (unless adopted as Bylaws by the County Convention).

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FOOTNOTES:
CCA (TX Code of Conduct Act) 311.016 says:
“May” creates discretionary authority;
“Shall” imposes a duty; “Must” creates a condition precedent;
“Is entitled to” recognizes a right.