Bylaws of the 24th Legislative District Democrats

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Below are the 24th LDD Bylaws as adopted by the membership on July 8th, 2017


▪ The twenty fourth Legislative District Democrats (24LDD) is the governing body of the Democratic Party for the state legislative district.
▪ The 24LDD shall operate as set forth in Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) Bylaws Article IX and the RCW 29A Section 80. (July 2017)
▪ The 24LDD shall actively seek to foster and promote the principles of the Party; to arouse and maintain an active interest therein by the citizens of the legislative district; to actively support the campaigns of the Party candidates at the legislative district level; to gather and disseminate information concerning Party philosophy and ideals; and in doing so assist the public in its public education.
▪ To carry out the programs enumerated herein, the 24LDD may establish a voluntary annual assessment upon each member and shall have the sole authority in budgeting and disbursing such funds.

2.1 The 24LDD shall be composed of:
a. Each elected and appointed Democratic Precinct Committee Officer in the district. (July 2017)
b. Each elected officer of the Democratic Central Committees of the counties in the district.

2.2 Current elected officers of the congressional district, state and national Democratic Committees and current Democratic elected officials in the counties in the district, each Democratic legislator elected in the legislative district, state Democratic office holders, the Sixth District Democratic U.S. Representative, and Democratic U.S. Senators representing Washington State shall be treated as ex-officio members.

2.3 All others registered voters residing within the boundaries of the 24th Legislative District who assert themselves to be Democrats and are members in good standing with their county Democratic organization. (July 2017)

Article 3.  OFFICERS
3.1 The Chair of the 24LDD shall be its chief executive officer and shall preside at all meetings of the 24LDD and its Executive Committee with responsibility for:
a) The implementation of the policies of the 24LDD;
b) Calling meetings of the 24LDD and the Executive Committee;
c) The development of an agenda for all meetings;
d) Perform such other duties assigned by the 24LDD or its Executive Committee and (January 2000)
e) Appoint a Secretary, a Treasurer, the chairs of standing and special committees, if any, and as necessary, parliamentarian, sergeant at arms, and an electoral tally committee of three.

3.2 The Vice Chair of the 24LDD shall be of the opposite gender of the Chair, shall reside in a county other than that of the Chair, shall preside in the absence of the Chair and perform other tasks as delegated from time to time by the Chair.

3.3 The Secretary shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair and shall keep and report the minutes and correspondence of the 24LDD.

3.4 The Treasurer shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair and shall be the custodian of all funds of the 24LDD, keep accurate accounts and timely submit all reports required by the organization and by statute.

3.5 State Committeewoman and State Committeeman shall attend all meetings of the WSDCC representing 24LDD. (July 2017)

4.1 There shall be a minimum of 4 meetings of the 24LDD per year including the biennial reorganizational meeting herein described. (July 2017)

4.2 Meetings shall be called by the Chair, or upon written petition to the Chair signed by 20 members of the 24LDD. (July 2017)

4.3 For members without “e-mail” capability the official call shall be sent to the last known address of those members no less than ten days prior to the meeting.  The call shall include a copy of the agenda, a copy of the minutes of the immediate past meeting and any resolutions, which may have been presented for consideration at the meeting. (May 2010)

a. For members with “e-mail” capability. Meeting Call notices shall be sent electronically to each of those members no less than fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. The notice shall contain the time, date and physical location (postal address) of the meeting, the agenda, any resolutions or other issues to be presented for consideration at the meeting and the minutes of the immediate past meeting. Upon notification to the Chair of their inability to display the electronic notice, the chair shall mail a notice with the information required in Article 4.3, above, to those members. (May 2010)

4.4 Voting by written proxy shall be permitted, provided;
a. The proxy is signed by the grantor member;
b. A proxy may be specific or general, instructed or uninstructed, as specified by the grantor. In the absence of specificity, the proxy shall be presumed to be general, nontransferable, and unrestricted. (July 2017)
c. No person shall vote more than one proxy;
d. In order to vote a proxy the grantee must register with the Secretary prior to any vote in which the proxy will be used and only the grantee may vote the proxy.

4.5 A quorum shall be the number of members attending a properly noticed meeting. (July 2017)

4.6 In the absence of specific authority herein, Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern. (January 2000)

4.7 Meetings of the Executive Committee and other committees may be conducted by means of remote communication through which all of the Executive Committee or committee members have an opportunity to participate in such meeting if notice is hereby given of the meeting pursuant to these Bylaws, and if the number of committee members participating in the meeting constitutes a quorum.  Participation in a meeting by remote communication constitutes presence at the meeting.  As used in these Bylaws, the term “remote communication” means communication via e-mail, conference telephone, video conference, the Internet, or such other means by which persons not physically present in the same location may communicate with each other. (January 2007)

5.1 A biennial reorganizational meeting of the 24LDD shall be called by the current Chair, or, in the absence of the Chair, by such officer in succeeding authority as defined in Article 3, no later than the twentieth day of January of each odd numbered year, or within sixty days of redistricting of the legislative district.

5.2 Elections shall be held at the biennial reorganizational meeting as the first order of business conducted by the current Chair following the call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance wherein a subsequent Chair shall be elected to assume conduct of the meeting and conduct all further business, including the election of:
a. Vice Chair;
b. State Committeeman;
c. State Committeewoman.

5.3 Only Precinct Committee Officers duly elected in the legislative district in the preceding general election of the even numbered year may vote for officers at the biennial reorganizational meeting.

5.4 At the biennial reorganizational meeting, or at the next meeting called after the reorganizational meeting, bylaws shall be ratified or amended by simple majority.

5.5 When more than one candidate has been nominated for an office, voting for officers shall be by secret ballots, which will be tallied by the electoral committee, which shall report to the Chair and destroy the ballots upon adjournment.

5.6 A vacancy in the offices defined in section 5.2 shall be filled at the 24LDD meeting following announcements of the vacancy after notice by publication as an agenda item.

5.7 Any officer defined in section 5.2 may be recalled from office after written petition of at least 20 elected Precinct Committee Officers requesting a special meeting.  Within ten days of the receipt of the petition by the Chair, a call shall be issued for a meeting to be held no sooner than ten or more that thirty days from the issuance of the call. The legislative district chair (and other officers) may be removed only by the majority vote of the elected PCOs in the chair’s district. (RCW29A.80.061). (July 2017)

6.1 The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, State Committeewoman, State Committeeman, Secretary, and Treasurer of the 24LDD, and the Democratic Party County Central Committee Chairs from Clallam, Grays Harbor, and Jefferson Counties, or designees from their respective county, resident in the legislative district.  State Committee members from each county central committee in the legislative district shall be ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.

6.2 The Executive Committee shall meet at the pleasure of the Chair, or upon written call of five members of the committee to all members of the committee. A quorum shall be the number of members attending a properly noticed meeting, providing at least one executive committee member is present from each county. (July 2017)
6.3 Duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee:
a. Recommends policies, amendments, endorsements and activities. (July 2017)
b. Formulates and recommends a budget and has direct oversight of fiscal matters. (July 2017)
c. Has general management of the organization between LD membership meetings. (July 2017)
6.4 Any Executive Committee member holding more than one office as defined in section 6.1 shall have only one vote in Executive Committee meetings.

a. Committees may formed by the chair. (July 2017)

Article 8. ENDORSEMENTS (new article July 2017)
8.1 Members of LD 24 may endorse candidates for office and ballot measure positions in primary, general and special elections.

8.2 For an endorsement to be considered that of the membership it must meet the following criteria:
a. The executive committee shall schedule a vote on an endorsement of a candidate or a ballot measure at either a special meeting or at a regular meeting with at least 2 weeks notice.
b. At any so designated meeting of the membership, all candidates who seek endorsement must be given an opportunity to address the membership. Arguments for and against any ballot measure being considered for endorsement shall be presented.
c. A two-thirds vote in favor of a candidate or ballot measure is required for an endorsement.
d. All members are allowed to vote on endorsements.

9.1 Resolutions proposed for passage by the 24LDD shall be presented in writing to the Chair or the chair of the resolutions committee at least twenty days prior to any meeting in which they will be considered.  The proposed resolution shall be published in the call for that meeting and placed on the agenda.  A majority vote of the members present at the meeting shall be required for passage.

9.2 The provisions of section 9.1 may be suspended by the members attending a meeting upon a two-thirds vote in favor.

9.3 The Chair shall cause the Secretary to provide copies of all approved resolutions to the news media to insure widest possible distribution.

Article 10.  BYLAWS
10.1 To insure that these bylaws shall be read in perspective, each revision or amendment shall be followed in the published draft by the month and year in parentheses.

10.2 The year of printing shall be placed at the bottom of each page of these bylaws.

10.3 Only elected PCOs and PCOs appointed after the biennial reorganizational meeting, shall vote on amendments to these bylaws. (July 2017)

11.1 Exempt and non-exempt (legislative office targeted victory fund) accounts and methods of disbursement are established. The exempt account will be utilized for routine operational expenses. The non-exempt fund will be administered to provide direct financial support Democratic legislative candidates. Checks shall be signed by the Treasurer and either the Chair or Vice Chair.  The Treasurer will file PDC reports timely as required by RCW and WAC with the PDC, the auditor of the county of residence of the Treasurer and with the Chair.

11.2 In the event of a legislative vacancy during the course of a legislative term, elected and appointed PCOs will vote to recommend a list of three replacement candidates to the county commissioners in the district according to statute and state party rules. (WSD bylaws Art VII B) (July 2017)
APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE 24LDD at the General Membership Meeting in Grays HarborCounty, Washington, this 8th day of July, 2017

_________________________________________, CHAIR, 24LDD
_________________________________________, VICE CHAIR, 24LDD