Bylaws

By-laws

29th Legislative District

Democratic Party Organization


 

Article I Name

 

The name of this organization shall be “The 29th Legislative District Democratic Party Organization”, hereinafter referred to as the “Legislative District Organization”.


 

Article II Purposes

 

The purposes of this Legislative District Organization shall be:

 

  1. to assist in the election of Democratic candidates who support the

             goals of the party;

  1. to work with elected Democratic public officials at all levels to

            achieve the goals of the Democratic Party; and

  1. to adopt and promote statements of policy to serve as standards for

            Democratic elected officials and goals for the Democrats of the 29th

            Legislative District.


 

Article III Members

 

1.   Qualifications of Members

 

The members of the Legislative District Organization shall be:

 

  1. the Officers of the said Organization; and  

  2. the Democratic Precinct Committee Officers of the 29th Legislative

             District of Washington.

 

2.   Motions, Debate, and Voting

 

Any member shall be eligible to offer motions, engage in debate, or vote upon any question, except as provided otherwise by law or by the rules of the Washington State Democratic Party or the Pierce County Democratic Party organizations.

 

3.   Attendance of Non-members

 

Any person shall be permitted to attend meetings of the Legislative District Organization, provided, that upon motion, any person who is not a member may be excluded from any meeting, or any portion thereof, by a majority of the members present.  A motion to exclude a person who is not a member shall be deemed a Question of Privilege.

 

Article IV Officers

 

1.   Officers

 

The officers of the 29th Legislative District Organization shall be:

 

  1. A District Chairperson

  2. A District Vice-Chairperson

  3. Two (2) Legislative District representatives to the Washington State

                   Democratic Central Committee (one male and one female)

  1. A Secretary/Treasurer

  2. Three (3) 29th District Executive Board Members to the Pierce

                   County Central Committee.

 

2.  Qualifications

 

Any person shall be eligible to an office of the 29th Legislative District Organization who:

 

  1. has resided for at least one (1) year prior to nomination at a location that is within the boundaries of 29th Legislative District of Washington at the time of his or her nomination; and

  2. is a registered voter at the time of nomination.

 

Officers need not be Precinct Committee Officers.

 

3.  Length of Term

 

Officers shall serve for two (2) years, or until their successors are elected, and their term of office shall begin upon election. Officers shall be elected at the first regular meeting of the Legislative District Organization following a general election that occurs in an even-numbered year.

 

4.  Vacancies

 

When an office shall become vacant by resignation or any other cause, it shall be filled as soon as possible by nomination and election at a regular meeting of the Legislative District Organization.  The term of officers elected to fill vacancies shall begin upon election, and shall end upon election of a successor.


 

5.  Executive Board

 

The Officers shall constitute the Executive Board of the Legislative District Organization.  The Executive Board shall meet whenever the District Chairperson or a majority of its members shall direct. The Executive Board shall perform the duties set forth in these by-laws, and shall have the authority to act for the Organization to effect the measures approved by it.  The act of the majority of the Executive Board shall be the act of the Board.

 

6.  Duties

 

Officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these by-laws, by the Charter of the Washington State Democratic Party, and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Legislative District Organization.  The duties of a vacant office shall be performed by the District Chairperson, or by such person or persons as he or she may designate, until such time as the vacancy is filled.


 

Article V  Meetings

 

1.  Schedule

 

The Legislative District Organization shall hold regular meetings at least four (4) times per year. The hour, date and place of said meeting shall be fixed by the District Chairperson, unless otherwise ordered by ten (10) Precinct Committee Officers of the Legislative District Organization, provided, that one such meeting shall occur during December or January immediately following a general election that occurs in an even-numbered year.  The Legislative District Organization meeting may meet in conjunction with the 29th District Democratic Club.

 

2.  Special Meetings

 

Special meetings may be called by the District Chairperson when the Chairperson deems it necessary, or shall be called by the District Chairperson upon receipt of written request of ten (10) Precinct Committee Officers or members.

 

3.  Quorum

 

A quorum shall consist of forty percent (40%) of all persons qualified to vote, or fifteen (15) such persons, whichever is less.

 

4.  Notice

 

Members shall be notified in writing at least five (5) days in advance of any regular or called special meeting.  


 

Article VI Endorsements

 

1.  Endorsements and revocations allowed

 

Candidates may be endorsed for elected and appointed offices and positions may be taken on ballot measures.  Previous endorsements may be revoked and any duly called regular or special meeting, provided that notice of the action was given as an agenda item in the meeting notice.

 

2.   Eligibility for endorsement

 

Only self-identified Democratic candidates may be endorsed, except in cases of non-partisan positions. To be eligible for endorsement, a candidate must complete and return a questionnaire prepared under the direction of the Executive Board.  The questionnaire shall be communicated in writing by the Executive Board or its designee to the candidates at least fourteen (14) days prior to consideration for endorsement and not later than the day following the close of non-precinct committee officer candidate filing.  The Executive Board or its designee shall indicate therein the deadline date for return of the questionnaire.  A candidate who fails to return the questionnaire by the specified deadline shall not be eligible for endorsement.

 

3.  Procedures

 

The executive board shall propose and the general membership shall adopt procedures for endorsing candidates and issues.  These procedures shall be adopted at least twenty-five (25) days prior to the meeting at which the endorsement will be considered.

 

4.   Supermajority required

 

Endorsements shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present and voting.  More than one (1) candidate for the same office may be endorsed.

 

5.  Incumbents

 

Incumbent Democratic candidates for the same office may be considered for endorsement prior to the close of candidate filing.  If the meeting is to be held prior to the close of filing, a three-fourths (3/4) vote is required for endorsement.

 

Article VII   Administration and Finance

 

1.  Funds and accounts

 

The 29th Legislative District Organization shall maintain a minimum of two (2) accounts at a bank or other financial institution chartered by the State of Washington or by the United States, in which all monies belonging to the organization must be deposited, and funds intended for the general purposes of the organization shall be kept separate from funds intended for the support of candidates for office.  All expenditures shall be reported to and approved by the membership at a regular or special meeting.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall prepare a financial statement on all accounts and report at all regular meetings, and shall prepare and transmit all required reports to the Public Disclosure Commission.  All members shall be afforded the opportunity to review all financial reports including the Public Disclosure Commission Reports. A minimum of three persons shall be authorized to sign checks or otherwise make changes to the accounts of the organization, who shall be the District Chairperson, the District Vice Chairperson, and the Secretary/Treasurer.  The Executive Board may designate additional authorized persons, who shall be members of the organization, and whose appointment shall be ratified by a majority vote at any regular meeting of the Organization.  No disbursements from any account shall be made except over the signatures of at least two (2) authorized persons.

 

2.  Documentation of sources

 

The source and amount of all monies received shall be recorded in writing and the records thereof maintained as provided by law. Funds received through non-compliance of the Public Disclosure Commission procedures shall be returned to donor.

 

3.  Authorized expenditures

 

All expenditures shall be to promote or further the activities duly authorized by the membership.  All contributions to candidates and ballot issues must be authorized by the membership at a regular or special meeting.

 

Article VIII   Parliamentary Authority

 

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the Legislative District Organization and its Executive Board in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these by-laws, any special rules or orders the Legislative District Organization may adopt, or any provision of law.

 

Article IX   Amendment of By-Laws

 

These by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Legislative District Organization by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, provided that the proposed amendment has been signed by ten (10) members and submitted to the chairperson ten (10) days prior to the meeting at which the amendment will considered.  The District Chairperson shall notify the members of the Legislative District Organization, in writing, of the request of amendment at least five (5) days prior to such meeting.


















 

Adopted 1978

Amended January 29, 1985

Amended June 29,1996

Amended September 4, 2003

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