DAUPHIN COUNTY COMMITTEE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I. PURPOSE AND SCOPE 2
Section 1 - Purpose 2
Section 2 - Scope 2
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP 2
Section 1 - Establishing Membership 2
Section 2 - Eligibility for Committee officers 2
Section 3 - Dues 3
Section 4 - Termination of Membership 3
Section 5 - Membership Appeal 3
ARTICLE III. OFFICERS 3
Section 1 - Chair 3
Section 2 - Vice Chair 4
Section 3 - Secretary 4
Section 4 - Treasurer 4
Section 5 - Suspension 4
Section 6 - Appeal 4
Section 7 - Vacancies 4
ARTICLE IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS 5
Section 1 - Meeting Notification 5
Section 2 - Public Meetings 5
ARTICLE V. THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE 5
Section 1 - Organization 5
Section 2 - Hearing Notification 5
Section 3 - Limit 5
Section 4 - Representation 6
Section 5 - Rulings 6
ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES 6
Section 1 - Standing Committees 6
Section 2 - Working Committees 6
ARTICLE VII. NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE 6
Section 1 - Nominations 6
ARTICLE VIII. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY 7
ARTICLE I. PURPOSE AND SCOPE
Section 1 - Purpose
The purpose of the Committee is to conduct the following activities consistent with the Statement of Principles:
a) Disseminate Libertarian political philosophy by entering into political information activities;
b) Nominating and supporting candidates for countywide and local political office;
c) Supporting statewide Libertarian Party Candidates;
d) Supporting national Libertarian Party Candidates.
Section 2 - Scope
The Committee shall conduct its activities primarily within Dauphin County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Committee may coordinate its efforts with County Committees in neighboring Counties. It may also, with the approval of the state party, organize libertarian activities in neighboring Counties without County Libertarian Organizations.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 - Establishing Membership
Any person who consistently attends and supports Committee functions, who adheres to libertarian principles and who generally supports the purposes and principles of the National Libertarian Party shall be considered a member of the Dauphin County Libertarian Committee.
Section 2 - Eligibility for Committee officers
Any person who is nominated to be an officer of the Committee must be a member in good standing of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, and a registered Libertarian with the County of his/her residence.
Section 3 - Dues
The Committee intends to operate on voluntary contributions. However, the Board of Directors may from time to time determine the amount of dues necessary for membership in the Committee, and may determine one or more classes of membership with different amounts of dues for each.
Section 4 - Termination of Membership
The Board of Directors shall have the power to suspend a member for cause by a two-thirds vote of the Board. A member may be suspended "for cause" for misrepresenting the principles of the Committee, endorsing or campaigning for, in the name of the Committee, a candidate for public office in opposition to one nominated by the Committee or by the State or National Libertarian Party, or for running for office purporting to have been nominated or endorsed by the Committee without having received such nomination or endorsement, or for other reasonable cause.
Notice of suspension is subject to written appeal within fifteen days of notification. Failure to appeal shall terminate membership.
Section 5 - Membership Appeal
Upon appeal by the member, the Judicial Committee shall hold a hearing concerning the suspension. Following the hearing, the Judicial Committee shall rule either to terminate the membership of the member or to continue the member in good standing. Should the Judicial Committee fail to rule, the member shall continue as a member of the Committee.
ARTICLE III. OFFICERS
Section 1 - Chair
The Chair shall preside at all public meetings and at all meetings of the Board of Directors. She or he shall be the chief executive officer of the committee.
Section 2 - Vice Chair
The Vice Chair shall act as assistant to the Chair.
Section 3 - Secretary
The Secretary shall take and keep minutes of all party meetings and all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall maintain current list of all members of the Committee.
Section 4 - Treasurer
The treasurer shall receive, disburse and account for the funds of the Committee under supervision of the Chair and the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall compile a quarterly report, which shall consist of a balance sheet and the profit and loss schedule shall be available to members upon request. The treasurer shall file all required reports on behalf of the Committee with government agencies.
Section 5 - Suspension
An officer may be suspended from office by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors. The office of a suspended officer shall be declared vacant unless the suspended officer appeals suspension to the Judicial Committee within ten days of notification of suspension.
Section 6 - Appeal
Upon written appeal by the suspended officer, the Judicial Committee shall set the date of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Judicial Committee shall rule within three days to either uphold the suspension (thereby vacating the office) or restore the officer to full authority. A failure to rule shall be deemed as restoring the officer to full authority.
Section 7 - Vacancies
The Board of Directors shall appoint new officers if vacancies or suspensions occur, such officers to complete the term of office vacated.
ARTICLE IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 - Meeting Notification
The Board of Directors shall meet at such time and place as may be determined by a call of the Chair or by the written request of one third or more members of the B.O.D.
A notice of the time and place of all meetings shall be provided to each member of the Board of Directors not less than seven days prior to said meeting.
Section 2 - Public Meetings
The Board shall hold at least four public meetings each year, open to all registered libertarian party voters.
ARTICLE V. THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
Section 1 - Organization
The Judicial Committee shall elect a chair who shall receive all appeals and petitions and schedule hearings so as to obtain a quorum of the Judicial Committee. When a hearing is requested the Chair shall be allowed three days to set the date of the hearing.
Section 2 - Hearing Notification
The Judicial Committee must provide at least ten days notice to each of the interested parties to a hearing unless an earlier date is agreed to by the Judicial Committee and the participants.
Section 3 - Limit
Hearing must be held within thirty days from the time the request is received by the Judicial Committee.
Section 4 - Representation
Each party to a hearing shall have the right to represent his or her interest in the manner of his or her choosing.
Section 5 - Rulings
The Judicial Committee must provide a ruling within three days of the conclusion of a hearing.
ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES
Section 1 - Standing Committees
The standing committees of the Committee shall be the - to be determined -. The duties, composition and reporting requirements shall be determined from time to time by the Board.
Section 2 - Working Committees
There shall be such working Committee appointed by the Chair as the Board of Directors deems appropriate. Working committees shall exist at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VII. NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE
Section 1 - Nominations
Candidates for County and local office shall be nominated by the Committee in consultation with the appropriate Municipal Committees. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for approving all nominations. The Board of Directors shall have the power to nominate candidates for Special Elections and nominate substitute candidates as provided in the State Election Code.
ARTICLE VIII. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Roberts Rules of Order as newly revised shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters of procedure not specifically covered by these Bylaws.