Article I: Name and Object
The name of this organization shall be the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Florida, hereinafter referred to as the LPOC.
The object and purpose of the LPOC is to engage in political action to defend and advance the cause of individual liberty and minimum government in Orange County, Florida.
The LPOC shall serve as the County Affiliate in Orange County for the Libertarian Party of Florida.
The LPOC adopts the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles as approved in 1974 as the philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, by which it shall be sustained, and through which liberty shall prevail.
The LPOC Platform shall include, but not be limited to, the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles and the implementation of those principles in the form of planks. These planks shall provide explanation and guidance on how to apply the Statement of Principles to social and political action in Orange County, Florida. The initial planks shall consist of the Libertarian Party of Florida Platform as amended in May 2017.
Article II: Membership and Dues
A regular member in the LPOC is defined as a person who signs the membership pledge "I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals" and supports Libertarian principles. Registered membership in the Libertarian Party of Florida is sufficient to qualify as signing this pledge. Regular members maintain their membership status for life unless explicitly revoked.
An active member is defined as any person who is a regular member and has attended attends 6 of the previous 12 or 4 of the previous 6 business meetings. An active member who does not maintain the required attendance shall automatically become a regular member.
A voting member is defined as any person who is an active member, is not a member of another political party, and resides, is employed, or attends school at a documented physical address in Orange County. A voting member who joins another political party or fails to maintain an Orange County qualifying address shall automatically become an active member.
Regular, active, or voting members may voluntarily choose to revoke their membership with a signed written statement.
In the American heritage of self-reliance and autonomy, the LPOC shall collect no membership dues or fees. The LPOC shall rely solely on donations, contributions, and proceeds for fund-raising activities.
Article III: Officers and Executive Committee
The officers of the LPOC consist of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. These persons will be members of the Executive Committee.
Committee chairs, whether elected or appointed, will be members of the Executive Committee.
Officers shall be elected for a term of one year by a majority vote of voting members present at the November meeting of each year.
Officers must be a voting member of LPOC, a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida, and reside in Orange County.
The Chair shall preside over meetings.
The Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in conjunction with, or in the absence of, the Chair.
The Secretary shall keep LPOC records including, but not limited to:
- Minutes of meetings
- Records of membership; and
- Official correspondence
The Secretary shall ensure members are informed of meetings and events. The Secretary shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair and the Vice-Chair.
The Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer and shall receive, hold, disburse, and account for all funds under the direction of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, and the Secretary.
Voting members of the LPOC may recall any Executive Committee officer with a two-thirds majority vote of the voting membership. The office shall be vacant after a recall motion passes.
Any officer, whether elected or appointed, may resign from his or her position by submitting a written statement to the Executive Committee. The resignation shall be approved by a majority vote of voting members present at the next business meeting after the resignation is submitted. The office shall be vacant after an approval of resignation motion passes.
Any officer, whether elected or appointed, shall be deemed to have resigned from his or her position if verifiable evidence is submitted to the Executive Committee that the officer is no longer eligible for his or her position per to the requirements of the Constitution and Bylaws. The officer shall be provided the right to dispute the provided evidence in writing and in person if desired. The resignation shall be approved by a majority vote of voting members present at the next business meeting after the verifiable information of loss of eligibility is submitted. The office shall be vacant after an approval of resignation motion passes.
Upon vacancy of an elected officer position for any reason, a special election for that officer position shall be scheduled with the same requirements as the regular annual election for that office. The special election shall be held on the next business meeting that occurs at least 72 hours after the vacancy is recorded. Public notice of the special election for the vacant position shall be provided at least 72 hours prior to the business meeting conducting the election. The officer elected by the special election shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term until the next regular annual election for the office. No special election shall be held if the regular annual election would occur concurrently with or prior to the special election.
The Chair shall have the authority to appoint interim officers for any vacant officer positions prior to a scheduled special election as necessary to meet the requirements of law. If the Chair is vacant, then the first eligible individual who accepts the position shall become the interim Chair, temporarily vacating their previous position (if any), and shall appoint interim officers for all vacant positions. The line of succession of eligibility for interim Chair is as follows:
- Earliest registered voting member, sorted alphabetically by surname if multiple such members exist
- Earliest registered regular member, sorted alphabetically by surname if multiple such members exist
Once a special election is held to fill the vacant office, interim officers shall be removed from their interim office and restored to their previous office, if any.
Article IV: Adoption and Amendments
The Constitution and By-Laws shall be adopted by a three-fourths vote of the voting membership.
Amendments to this Constitution and the Platform shall be made by a three-fourths vote of the voting membership.
Amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Platform must be brought up for consideration at the previous business meeting.
Article V: Standing Committees
There will be the following standing committees: Finance, Communications, Membership, Bylaws, and Platform.
Committee chairs shall be appointed by the Chair to serve at his/her discretion. The chair shall be a member ex-officio of all committees.
The Vice-Chair shall be a member of the Membership Committee and the Platform Committee. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Finance Committee. The Secretary shall be a member of the Communications Committee. The Chair shall be a member of the Bylaws Committee.
Article I: Meetings
The LPOC shall adopt the Constitution and Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Florida as its basic guidance.
The LPOC shall hold a business meeting each month at a time and place to be publicly announced at least 72 hours prior to said meeting.
A quorum, necessary to conduct any and all business at the monthly business meeting, will consist of 25% of all voting members and/or three quarters of the Executive Committee.
Only voting members will be eligible to vote for LPOC party officers and on other LPOC business.
Per state law, proxy voting shall be allowed, provided a voting member's written (email permitted) notice of proxy for a specific meeting is received by both the Secretary and the Chair no later than 24 hours prior to that meeting. The member may designate a directed proxy to cast a specified vote for one or more specific question(s) or may designate an undirected proxy to vote at his or her own discretion on behalf of the member for the entire meeting. The Secretary will announce all proxies after the meeting is called to order. The presence of the member at a meeting or the designated proxy declining to accept the designation will invalidate that member's proxy. A directed proxy must accept the designation for all specified questions or decline the designation for all specified questions. If not declined, a directed proxy must cast the vote as specified by the member on each specified question, and all other votes not specified shall be counted as an abstention by the member. A valid proxy shall count as attendance for purposes of establishing a quorum, but shall not count as attendance for any other purpose such as maintaining voting membership. Only voting members in good standing may serve as proxies and no member may serve as proxy for more than one other member.
Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (11th Edition) shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters of procedure not specifically covered by these Bylaws.
Article II: Suspension and Secession
The LPOC may suspend and/or reinstate the LPF Constitution, the LPOC Constitution, and/or Robert's Rules of Order by a majority vote of two-thirds of voting members present, with a quorum of three-fourths of all voting members.
The LPOC may secede from the LPF with a two-thirds majority vote of all voting members.
Notes and References
This section is not part of the official text of the constitution and bylaws. It provides additional context and information.
Amendments - this text shows the bylaws as amended June 20, 2017.
The following sets of edits were applied on June 20, 2017:
- Proposed Bylaws Amendment 2017-05 Platform - adoption of LP Statement of Principles and LPF Platform as initial LPOC Platform, rules to amend platform, and creation of a standing Platform Committee
The following sets of edits were applied on March 15, 2017:
- Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2017-02 Special Election - rules for officer vacancies, recalls, special elections, and order of succession for interim officers
The following sets of edits were applied on January 18, 2017:
- Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2016-12 - editorial cleanup, add meeting public notice requirement, clarify mission
- Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2016-12 Membership - clarify membership requirements, allow non-residents to vote if they work or study in Orange County
The following sets of edits were applied on February 20, 2018:
- Bylaws Amendment 2017-12 Proxy Voting - define rules for proxy voting