The purpose of the SLO LP CCC shall be to implement the Statement of Purpose of the National Libertarian Party and the purpose and activities of the Libertarian Party of California, as set forth in the LPC Bylaws, within San Luis Obispo County.
1. Any registrant in the Libertarian Party of California may become a member of the SLO LP CCC by:
a. Election to The Committee by Libertarian voters in a primary election pursuant to the relevant parts of the Election Code of California; or
b. Making application, paying such dues as may be prescribed by the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of California; and
c. Signing the following statement:
"I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of forces as a means of achieving political or social goals."
d. Those making application who choose not to sign the prescribed statement may be granted Associate Membership and participate in all Party activities except voting and holding office.
2. Statements of election, applications for membership and the State Central Committee share of all dues shall be forwarded to the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of California or its representative.
3. Membership on the SLO LP CCC confers membership on the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of California in accordance with the Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of California.
1. a. The officers of the SLO LP CCC shall be a President, Chair, Immediate Past Chair, one or more Vice Chairs, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
b. One or more offices may be combined with the exception of the office of Chair and Secretary or Chair and Treasurer.
2. The duties of the officers shall be the same or a reasonable reflection of those prescribed for the officers of the Libertarian Party of California and as described herein. b. The office and title of President shall be conferred upon a central committee member having demonstrated in depth knowledge of Libertarianism, the workings of the Libertarian Party, consistent leadership and willingness to represent the party publicly and the central committee locally, and who is willing to accept the position and title. The President, at the request of the Chair, may convene meetings, make opening remarks, recognize dignitaries and guests, and introduce the Chair for the business portions of meetings.
3. The officers shall be elected by secret ballot and/or acclamation by members of The Central Committee at a meeting held during the month of January to serve for one (1) year or until their successors are elected. "None of the Above" shall be a candidate in the election of officers. Those who receive a majority of the votes cast may be deemed elected if they are members in good standing as described in Article III of these Bylaws and agree to serve in the office to which they were elected. Should "None of the Above" be selected, another election must be held. Those on the ballot with the successfully selected "None of the Above" are not eligible for nomination in the subsequent election.
1. The regular meetings of the SLO LP CCC shall be held on the fourth Thursday of each month unless otherwise ordered by a vote of the Executive Committee.
2. The regular meeting in January of each year shall be known as the Annual Meeting and shall include election of officers and convention Delegates receiving reports of officers and committees and any other business that may arise.
3. Special meetings may be held by the call of the Chair or one of the Co-Chairs or by the County or State Party Executive Committee and shall be called upon the written request of five (5) members of The Central Committee. The purpose of special meetings shall be stated in the call. Except in cases of emergency, at least three days' notice shall be given. Email and telephone calls may be used to notify members of a special meeting.
4. Those members attending a meeting of the SLO LP CCC shall constitute a quorum. If the attendance is less than ten (10) members they may conduct business by a 2/3 vote of those present and eligible to vote.
VI. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1. The officers of the SLO LP CCC, the Immediate Past Chair and any elected public officials who wish to participate shall constitute the County Central Committee's Executive Committee. Those elected officials who wish to participate shall be named members of the County Executive Committee for the purpose of establishing a quorum at meetings.
2. The County Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of The County Central Committee between its business meetings, may fix the hour and place of all meetings, make recommendations to the SLO LP CCC and perform such other duties as are ordered by SLO LP CCC or specified in these Bylaws. The County Executive Committee may take no action in conflict with actions taken by the SLO LP CCC itself.
3. Unless otherwise ordered by the Executive Committee, regular meetings of the County Executive Committee shall be held either prior to or immediately following meetings of the SLO LP CCC.
4. Special meetings of the County Executive Committee may be called by the County Chair or one of the Co-Chairs and shall be called upon the written request of two members of the Executive Committee. Except in case of emergency, at least three (3) days' notice shall be given. Email and telephone notification may be used for such meetings.
5. The quorum for meetings of the County Executive Committee shall be 2/3 of the total number of persons listed as members at the time of the meeting.
6. Actions taken at any meeting when all of the Executive Committee members are present shall have the same validity as if taken at a regularly scheduled or specially-called meeting.
VII. OTHER COMMITTEES.
Standing or special committees may be appointed by the Chair or Vice-Chairs as SLO LP CCC or the County Executive Committee shall from time to time deem necessary to carry out the work of the SLO LP CCC.
VIII. DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION
1. Delegates to the Annual Convention of the Libertarian Party of California shall be selected within sixty (60) days prior to the State Convention at the annual or a special meeting of the SLO LP CCC.
a. The number of delegates and alternates to be selected shall be the number determined by the State Party Secretary.
b. Selection shall be by secret written ballot from among those nominated who agree to serve if selected.
c. A simple plurality of votes shall determine delegate or alternate status.
d. In the event that an elected delegate or alternate is unable to attend any session of the State Convention, any member of the SLO LP CCC in good standing may represent The Committee by presenting their self to the State Party Secretary or designated representative for credentialing.
e. Subsection d. of this Section shall be included in any written report to the State Party Secretary regarding recognition of delegates or alternates to the State Convention.
2. In addition to those selected under Section 1, the following shall, by virtue of their position, also be delegates to the State convention:
a. The County Chair;
b. Any County Central Committee member who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of California; and
c. Any holder of elected public office registered to the Libertarian Party in the geographical boundaries of San Luis Obispo County.
1. Upon petition of five (5) or more members of SLO LP CCC, The Committee or the County Executive Committee may grant recognition to one or more geographic Divisions of the SLO LP CCC.
2. Recognized Divisions of the SLO LP CCC may select from among their membership officers and committees deemed necessary to the work of the Division.
a. The Chair of a recognized Division shall be accorded a seat on the County Executive Committee and, unless already elected County Chair or a Vice-Chair, shall be recognized as a Vice Chair of the SLO LP CCC.
b. Recognized Divisions may not have monetary accounts separate from the SLO LP CCC. However, the Treasurer or Accountant shall track their dues so they can be accorded their share upon request.
3. Recognized Divisions may hold meetings and conduct activities insofar as they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and the Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of California.
X. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, newly revised, shall govern the SLO LP CCC and its Divisions when any questions arise which cannot be resolved by discussion or reference to these Bylaws or the LPC Bylaws. It is the intention of the SLO LP CCC to use discussion and consensus to conduct business and not rely on written rules and regulations unless absolutely necessary.
These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the SLO LP CCC by a two-thirds vote of the membership, provided that the amendment(s) had been submitted in writing to all current members prior to the previous regular meeting.
Approved as of July 24, 2003 by the SLO LP Executive Committee and those members who responded to the notices and DRAFT copies sent out in June and July.
Effective July 30, 2003.