LPPC Constitution & By-laws

Article I: Name, Identity and Structure
Article II: Purpose, Functions and Principles
Article III: Membership
Article IV: Officers
Article V: Meetings
Article VI: Conventions
Article VII: Adoption, Amendments, Standing Rules

Article I – NAME, IDENTITY, STRUCTURE

Section 1. Name. The name of this organization shall be the Libertarian Party of Pinellas County (Florida), hereinafter referred to as the “LPPC”.

Section 2. Structure. The LPPC is a political organization constituted by its membership, directed by its officers, governed by its Business Meetings, and affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Florida, hereinafter referred to as the “LPF”.

Section 3. Bona fide party. The LPPC is a bona-fide political party under the laws of the state of Florida, authorized to receive political contributions. The LPPC accepts political contributions in the name of the LPPC or the Libertarian Party of Pinellas County.

Section 4. Device. The official device of the LPPC and all candidates nominated by the LPPC shall be silhouette of the Statue of Liberty, a symbol which is also known as Lady Liberty. Additionally, alternative logos and/or graphics, including, but not limited to the LPF porcupine, may be used on promotional materials.

Section 5. Address. The mailing address of the LPPC shall be that designated by the Chairperson of the LPPC.

Article II – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, FUNCTIONS AND PRINCIPLES

Section 1. Purpose. The primary purpose of the LPPC is to promote individual liberty and to reduce or eliminate the intervention of government in moral, social, and economic affairs.

Section 2. Functions. The primary functions of the LPPC are:

  1. to recruit, nominate and elect candidates to all city, county, township, judicial, and
    town offices within Pinellas County, and;
  2. to recruit and assist in the election of Libertarian candidates to state legislative and
    judicial offices affecting all or parts of Pinellas County; and;
  3. to advance the Libertarian Party of Pinellas County’s Principles in municipal and
    county government.

Section 3. Principles. The LPPC affirms the following principles:
That all people possess unalienable natural rights, and that among these are rights to life, liberty, justly acquired property, and self-governance.

That the only moral basis of government is the preservation and protection of unalienable natural rights.

That no person or institution, public or private, has the right to initiate the use of physical force, coercion, or fraud against another person, and that all people are bound, without contract to abstain from infringing upon the natural rights of other people.

That all people are entitled to choose their own lifestyles, as long as they do not forcibly impose their values on others.

That the voluntary and unrestricted exchange of goods and services is fundamental to a peaceful and harmonious society.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership Established. The LPPC hereby establishes membership in the LPF.

Section 2. Membership Requirements. Membership in the LPPC is open to all registered Libertarian Party voters of Pinellas County. The LPPC may implement, by majority vote at convention or at a regular business meeting, an additional minimum annual contribution to the LPPC to establish membership, in accordance with law.

Section 3. Membership Privileges. Members in good standing have the right to meaningfully participate in all meetings and conventions of the LPPC. Non-voting membership is open to any registered Libertarian residing at least part of the year in Pinellas County.

Section 4. Membership Suspension. The voting members at any LPPC Business Meeting or convention shall have the authority to suspend, terminate or refuse membership in the LPPC to any individual, who is otherwise a member of the LPF, by a three-fourths (¾) vote. In such event, the LPPC shall immediately notify the individual by certified mail of the suspension, termination or refusal, and the reasons for such, affording the individual the right to appeal to the LPPC at one of its next two Membership Meetings. The voting members of the LPPC may uphold the suspension, termination or refusal by majority vote at said appeal. Upon appeal or the expiration of the time allotted for appeal, the decision of the LPPC to suspend, terminate or refuse membership in the LPPC shall be final and binding for a period of one year, after which time the individual may reapply for membership in the LPPC by written request, subject to majority vote of the Membership.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

Section 1. Eight Officers. The Officers of the LPPC shall be a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary, a Treasurer, North District Representative, Central District Representative, South District Representative, and an At-Large Representative. No offices shall be combined. The Officers in place at the time of adoption of these by-laws shall remain in office until the next regularly-scheduled election of Officers.

Section 2. Election of Officers. The Officers of LPPC shall be elected at the Annual Convention for a term of one year. The Officer nominee who receives the most votes in each race shall be elected. Officers shall be selected by secret ballot unless there is only one nomination for the office, in which case election may be made by acclamation. In all elections, members may cast a “None Of The Above” (NOTA) vote. If NOTA receives a plurality of votes, then a new election shall be called for that position, and the prior nominees shall be ineligible for nomination. Officers shall take office upon adjournment of the Annual Convention and serve thereafter until adjournment of the next Annual Convention. Nomination for office shall be made by voting members of the LPPC. Officer nominees must voluntarily accept nomination.

Section 3. Roles and Responsibilities of Officers
Chairperson. The Chairperson shall be the head of the LPPC, presiding over all meetings and conventions of the LPPC. The Chairperson is the official spokesperson for the LPPC. The Chairperson may appoint such committees as are deemed necessary to conduct the business of the LPPC.

Vice Chairperson. The Vice Chairperson shall serve as presiding officer in the absence of the Chairperson. The Vice Chairperson shall be responsible for the training and coordination of precinct committee persons in coordination with the Chairperson or his/her designee.

Secretary. The Secretary shall record the minutes of all LPPC meetings and conventions. The Secretary shall be the custodian of these by-laws and their amendments, the minutes of all meetings and conventions, committee reports, standing rules, and correspondence designated by the Chairperson. The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining the current list of LPPC members.

Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be custodian of all funds. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer responsible for the filing of all campaign finance forms for the LPPC. The fiscal year of the LPPC shall begin on January 1st of each year and end on December 31st of the same year. The treasury of the LPPC shall be audited at the end of the fiscal year by either the executive committee or by a professional accounting firm selected by the executive committee. The audit will be reported to the general membership at the first regular business meeting following the audit’s conclusion.

North District Representative. The North District Representative shall serve as voting member of the Executive Committee. The North District Representative shall provide representation for members residing between State Road 60 and the northern county border.

Central District Representative. The Central District Representative shall serve as voting member of the Executive Committee. The Central District Representative shall provide representation for members residing between Park Blvd./Gandy Blvd. and State Road 60.

South District Representative. The South District Representative shall serve as voting member of the Executive Committee. The South District Representative shall provide representation for members residing between Park Blvd./Gandy Blvd. to the southern county border.

At-Large Representative. The At-Large Representative shall serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee.

Section 4. Removal of Officers. Officers who are elected in convention may be removed only by ⅔ vote at a Membership Meeting.

Section 5. Vacancies. In the event of removal or resignation of any officer, the Chairperson shall notify all LPPC members in a reasonable time period. A special election for the vacant position shall be held at the next scheduled Membership Meeting in accordance with Article IV, Section 2; except the newly elected officer shall take office immediately upon conclusion of the election. The Chairperson may appoint a member as an “interim” officer in order to fulfill the duties of the vacant position, until the position is filled by special election at the next Membership Meeting.

Section 6. Standing Rules. If adopted, any Standing Rules of the LPPC shall be in harmony with these by-laws, shall be written, and shall be made available for general use. Standing Rules may be adopted by three-fourths (⅔) vote of the officers or by majority vote at convention. Standing Rules may be repealed by two-thirds (⅔) vote at a Business Meeting or by majority vote at convention.

Section 7. Authority to Contract. The Chairperson shall have the sole authority to expend LPPC funds for goods or services without prior approval granted at a regular business meeting. Such expenditures and authority to contract shall extend only to the day-to-day operations of the LPPC, however, the sum total of all such expenditures shall not exceed $300, or 10% of the operating fund ledger balance, whichever is greater, in any calendar month. Any expenditure(s) which exceeds that amount shall require majority approval of the Officers.

Section 8. Officer Meetings. A regularly scheduled meeting of the Officers shall be held at least once per calendar month.The Chair may call additional or emergency meetings at his/her discretion. All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. A quorum shall consist of five Officers of the LPPC. Officer meetings may be held in person or by electronic means at the discretion of the Chair. All officer meetings shall be open to all LPPC members, and a reasonable amount of time shall be allocated on the agenda for member comments. The date, time, location, and agenda of each regularly-scheduled Officers Meeting shall be made available to all LPPC members at least seven days in advance of the meeting. Each officer shall have one vote on all business matters, except in the event of a tie vote, the Chairperson’s vote shall prevail.

Section 9. Refer to Membership. At the discretion of the Chairperson, any motion may be transferred from the Officer’s Meeting agenda to the Membership Meeting agenda at any time for vote by the Membership. Additionally, any Officer may move that an item of business be Referred to Membership, and said item shall be transferred to the Membership Meeting agenda upon second and majority vote by the officers. If passed, the motion to Refer to Membership shall supersede and nullify the vote by the officers on the prior motion in question.

Section 10. Executive Session. The use of Executive Session by officers is prohibited, except for business regarding pending or potential legal action by or against the LPPC, or matters requiring disclosure of a member or employee’s confidential personal, medical or financial information.

ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

Section 1. Membership Meetings. The LPPC shall hold a Membership Meeting each month at a regular date and time. Reasonable notice shall be given to all LPPC members. The Chairperson shall determine the meeting’s agenda, subject to change by majority vote at the meeting.

Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of the Membership Meetings shall be to guide and review the actions of the Officers, and to conduct business outside of the scope of authority of the Officers.

Section 3. Procedure. Membership Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. Membership meetings shall be open to the public, however only LPPC members in good standing shall vote and be recognized.

ARTICLE VI – CONVENTIONS

Section 1. Annual Convention. The LPPC shall hold an Annual Convention. The Annual Convention shall be used to elect Officers of the LPPC, to nominate candidates of the LPPC, to make an annual reporting of the LPPC’s financial condition, and to amend these by-laws.

Section 2. Attendance and Participation. Attendance at the Annual Convention is open to all LPPC members and/or voters registered in Pinellas as Libertarians as per the Supervisor of Elections office.

Section 3. Quorum. The quorum shall be eight members.

Section 4. Notice of Convention. The LPPC shall publish the date, time, location, proposed rules, and proposed agenda of the Annual Convention at least fifteen days prior to such convention by a method reasonably certain to reach such members.

Section 5. Duties of Officers. The Chairperson of the LPPC shall serve as the Chairperson of the LPPC Annual Convention. The Secretary of the LPPC shall serve as the Secretary of the LPPC Annual Convention. In the event that either the Chairperson or the Secretary of the LPPC is unable to serve respectively as Chairperson and Secretary of the Annual Convention, such positions and responsibilities shall devolve, in cardinal order, to the Vice Chairperson and Treasurer of the LPPC.

Section 6. Order of Business. The order of business of the Annual Convention shall include, but is not limited to the following:

After the Call to Order, the first item of business is the reading and approval of the minutes of the first preceding Annual Convention.

The second item of business is to adopt rules for the Annual Convention.

The third item of business is to adopt an agenda for the Annual Convention. The Chairperson shall submit proposed rules and an agenda for initial consideration. The attending members of the LPF shall adopt said rules and agenda by majority vote. In the absence of the adoption of rules and/or an agenda, the Chairperson shall adopt rules and an agenda on his/her own initiative.

The fourth item of business is the annual financial report by the Treasurer of the LPPC.

Section 7. Motions in Writing. All motions to amend these By-Laws shall be in writing and submitted to the Chairperson at least 15 days prior to the convention.

Section 8. Credentials. The Secretary shall be responsible for verifying the party registration and membership status of each voter at convention. No voting by proxy shall be permitted.

Section 9. Special Conventions. Special Conventions may be convened by a majority vote at the Business Meeting, or shall be convened by the Chairperson of the LPPC upon written request or petition of over one-half (½) of all current members of the LPPC. The Chairperson shall provide notice of the dates, times, location, and particular subject matter of Special Convention to all members of the LPPC at least fifteen (15) days prior to such event. Special Conventions are limited to the subject matter agreed upon, and shall otherwise be run by the same provisions which govern the Annual Convention.

ARTICLE VII – ADOPTION, AMENDMENTS

Section 1. Adoption. These by-laws shall be adopted when approved by a majority of LPPC members attending Convention. These by-laws shall take effect upon the adjournment of the convention in which they were adopted.

Section 2. Amendments. These by-laws may be amended by two-thirds (⅔) vote of LPPC members attending the Annual or Special Convention. Every amendment shall take effect on the first Monday following the enactment.

Section 3. Affiliation with the LPF. The LPPC hereby ratifies the by-laws of the LPF, and authorizes the Officers to certify such by submitting a Petition for Affiliation and a copy of these by-laws to the LPF.

Adopted by the membership at the Special Convention dated March 19, 2015.