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By-Laws

Rules of the Erie County Pennsylvania Green Party Committee

Effective:
November 18, 2017

Revised February 24, 2019

 

Officers:

David J. Miller, Chairperson

Cheryl Rougeux, Secretary

William R. Brown, Treasurer

 

Article I:  Establishment of Rules
The Erie County Pennsylvania Green Party Committee (hereinafter referred to as “the COMMITTEE”), as a county body of the Green Party, does hereby adopt the following rules.

Article II:  Members of the COMMITTEE
Membership of the COMMITTEE, at any given time, shall consist of all electors continuously enrolled in the Green Party and a resident of Erie County for at least the immediate preceding 30 days.  Only members may be included in the county for quorums, election of officers, and serve as officers of the COMMITTEE.

Article III:  Officers of the COMMITTEE
The officers of the COMMITTEE shall be a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.  Officers shall be elected yearly and serve one full year.  The office of Treasurer shall be open on an as needed basis, determined by majority vote of a quorum of the COMMITTEE.  Together, the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer constitute the County Committee of the COMMITTEE.  In the event of an office vacancy, the County Committee will serve the essential functions of the vacant office until the vacancy is filled.

Officers shall be elected yearly and serve one full year.  The election of officers shall be called in January.  If two or fewer members seek an officer position, the election shall be conducted by majority vote of a quorum of the COMMITTEE.  If three or more members seek the position of officer, the election shall be conducted by ranked choice.

 

Responsibilities of the office of Chairperson shall include:

  1. Provide routine communications to the members of the COMMITTEE and provide public statements to the general public;
  2. Hold primary signatory authority for contracts.

 

Responsibilities of the office of Secretary shall include:

  1. Record meeting minutes and maintain archives of the COMMITTEE;
  2. Maintain county membership records provided by the County Board of Elections and the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

 

Responsibilities of the office of Treasurer shall include:

  1. Maintain financial accounts of the COMMITTEE;
  2. Monitor and report financial activities of the COMMITTEE;
  3. Receive and disperse funds in a timely manner.

 

Responsibilities of the County Committee shall include:

  1. Post notification of meetings and events;
  2. Develop the agenda and schedule for meetings and events;
  3. Facilitate officer elections, changes to the COMMITTEE rules and disbursement of funds;
  4. Maintain communication and social media accounts.

 

Article IV:  Meetings
Meetings of the COMMITTEE shall be held on the call of the Chairperson, or in the case of vacancy in the office of the Chairperson, on the call of the Secretary or Treasurer.  Notice of the time and place of a meeting shall be served by posting meeting specifics on the Green Party of Pennsylvania website.  It shall be the duty of the Secretary, prior to the meeting, to compile a current list of members based on the official records of the county Board of Elections.  At all meetings of the COMMITTEE there shall be present at least three members in order to constitute a quorum.  A call for a decision can be made by any member.  However, a minimum 14-day notice must be given for a vote.  Consensus on decisions shall be made by majority vote of members during meetings.

Article V:  Nomination of Candidates
The COMMITTEE reserves the sole authority to nominate candidates for public office whose electoral districts are contained wholly within Erie County.  The COMMITTEE shall also cooperate with other local bodies of the Green Party on the nomination of candidates, whose electoral districts extend into multiple counties, including Erie County.

Article VI:  Selection of Delegates
At its first meeting of each calendar year, the COMMITTEE shall select from among its numbers delegates to the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania, who will serve until the first meeting of the following calendar year.  The number of delegates will be determined by the rules of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

Article VII:  Exclusivity
These rules shall be the exclusive rules of the COMMITTEE.  No other rules shall be effective unless approved in writing by the COMMITTEE.

Article VIII:  Severability
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of these rules or any amendment thereto shall be adjudged to be invalid or otherwise rendered inoperative by any court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment or other judicial action shall not affect, impair, invalidate or render inoperative the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment or other judicial action shall have been rendered or taken.