By-Laws

 

Denton County Green Party By-Laws

Revised April 8, 2017

 

I Name

The name of this organization is the Denton County Green Party, and is the Denton County affiliate of the Green Party of Texas.  

II Purpose  

The purpose of the Denton County Green Party is to build membership within Denton County, and in conjunction with like-minded groups and individuals throughout the state.  

(1) To conduct the business of the Denton County Green Party.

 

(2) To promote and support Green Party candidates at the Local, District, State, and National level and to educate on Green policy and the Ten Key Values. [Revised 9/17/2016].

 

(3) To promote the welfare and sustainable growth of Denton County.

(4) To work with and build coalitions with compatible grassroots groups and individuals.

 

The Ten Key Values are Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy,

Nonviolence, Decentralization, Community-based Economics, Feminist Values, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, and Future Focus.

 

III Membership (revised April 8, 2017)

Membership is open to any individual residing in Denton County who is in general agreement with the ten key values.

If a member also complies with at least one of the following options, the member is granted the right to participate in Denton County Green Party voting and to appeal decisions of the Denton County Green Party.  The member:

A.    Signs a statement of affirmation of membership which expires on December of each year.  A new affirmation must be signed, after expiration, to provide continuing membership; or

B.    Contributes an annual amount, as specified in the Policies and Procedures, to the county or state Green Party; or

C.   Is a member of the Green Party as defined by the Texas Election Code.

IV Structure and Meetings  

 

The Denton County Green Party is comprised of members who select a Steering Committee, which includes Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, and Advocates.

 

  1. Co-chairs: Elected for overlapping two year terms by simple majority. Co-chairs are responsible for administrative rather than executive responsibilities. Can be recalled by a ⅔ vote by membership. Quorum a number equal to 25% of the previous membership vote.

  2. Secretary: Elected for one year term by simple majority. Responsible for organizing and maintaining notes regarding Green Party actions, meetings, and votes. The information must be made publicly accessible. Can be recalled by a ⅔ vote by membership. Quorum is a number equal to 25% of the previous membership vote.

 

  1. Treasurer: Elected for one year term by simple majority. Responsible for managing bank accounts, handling donations, and summarizing account information. Only to be elected once Denton County Green Party receives funds. Can be recalled by a ⅔ vote by membership or proof of malfeasance. Quorum is a number equal to 25% of the previous membership vote.

 

  1. Advocates: Elected by simple majority for the duration of events, drives, and functions or to advocate for a specific caucus or group. Members at a number equal to 50% of previous membership vote or a majority of co-chairs can start a recall vote. Quorum is a number equal to 25% of the previous membership vote.

 

V Amendments (revised February 11, 2017)

These Bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of Party members present at a meeting or voting by electronic means described in the Policies and Procedures, if such a policy or procedure exists. Bylaws amendments will be posted 30 days in advance of the vote by e-mail or by a process described in the Policies and Procedures, if such a policy or procedure exists.  For purposes of determining what constitutes a 2/3 vote for or against any proposal or amendment, abstentions shall not be counted as votes cast.

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