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Bylaws – Democratic Central Committee of Shasta County

Bylaws

Democratic Central Committee of Shasta County

ARTICLE I DEFINITION AND COMPOSITION

A. NAME & ORIGIN This committee shall be known as the Democratic Central Committee of Shasta 3. The Fundraising Committee shall: County (DCCSC), and is authorized under the Election Code of the State of California.

B. PURPOSE The purpose of the DCCSC shall be to:

  1. encourage the growth and success of the Democratic Party and DCCSC-chartered Democratic Clubs in Shasta County by promoting voter registration, education, participation, and core Democratic values, and electing Democrats to local, state, and federal office.
  2. cultivate, cooperative and productive relationships with the chartered Shasta County Democratic clubs in order to facilitate shared political objectives;
  3. conduct all lawful business of the Democratic Central Committee of Shasta County.

C. MEMBERSHIP

All members must be registered Democrats in their respective Shasta County Supervisorial Districts, with the exception of youth members under the age of eighteen (18).

Residence and/or voter registration eligibility shall be confirmed prior to appointment or election to the DCCSC.

DCCSC members serve (4) year terms per California Election’s Code.

No one person shall hold more than one type of membership concurrently at any given time.

Members shall be current in payment of dues in accordance with Article III.

DCCSC Delegate Elections are held at each DCCSC Organizational Meeting.

The DCCSC is composed of seven (7) categories of membership: General Members, Alternates, Ex-officio Members, Chartered Organization Representatives, Associates, Honorary and Youth Members.

  1.  General Members
    1. General Member seats shall be filled by election under the provisions of the California Election Code.
    2. General Members shall have the privilege of the floor and voting rights.
    3. When a General Member vacancy exists, the DCCSC shall declare that such a vacancy exists at the first meeting following the occurrence of the vacancy. Alternates shall be given the first opportunity for nomination and election to the DCCSC.
    4. When necessary, notice of the filing deadline for candidacy, for the DCCSC shall be sent to the appropriate media one (1) month prior to the filing deadline.
    5. In the event that a vacancy is not filled by an Alternate, the following steps shall be taken:
      1. The Chairperson shall call upon the Members in the Supervisorial District where the vacancy exists to nominate a candidate to attempt to fill the vacancy at the next regular meeting.
      2. The Chairperson shall entertain/hear nominations from the floor in the absence of a successful nomination from the Supervisorial Districts’ membership.
      3. The Secretary shall notify the print media, as directed by the chair, only after attempts by the membership to fill the vacancy have been unsuccessful.
      4. No member of the body shall cast more than one vote.
  1. Alternates
    1. Each Member of the DCCSC may designate one (1) Alternate who shall thereafter have all rights, duties, and privileges of the Member when the Member is absent.
    2. When the Member is present, the designated Alternate shall have the privilege of the floor, but not voting rights.
    3. The designated Alternate must reside in the Supervisorial District of the Member he or she is representing and must be qualified for membership in the DCCSC as per Article 1. Section J.
  2. Ex-officio Members
    1. Any Democratic partisan, incumbent, elected official or Democratic nominee for the State Senate, State Assembly, House of Representatives, or United States Senate who represents any part of Shasta County or any State Constitutional Officer who resides in Shasta County shall be an Ex-officio member of the DCCSC and shall have the privilege of the floor and voting rights.
    2. Any California Democratic Party (CDP) Regional Director representing Shasta County may serve as an Ex-officio member of the DCCSC with the privilege of the floor and voting rights.
    3. Any resident of Shasta County who is the Democratic incumbent or nominee for any of the following offices shall be an Ex-officio Member of the DCCSC, and so entitled to all the rights and privileges accorded other Ex-officio members: Governor; Lieutenant Governor; Secretary of State; Treasurer; Attorney General; Insurance Commissioner; Member(s) of the Board of Equalization; United States Senator(s) from California; Members of the Democratic National Committee
    4. Any Ex-officio Member may appoint an Alternate to the DCCSC. This appointment shall be made in writing, via a letter to the DCCSC.
    5. In absence of the Ex-officio Member, the designated Alternate shall have all rights and privileges of that Member.
  1. Chartered Organization Representatives
    1. Membership may be granted to a representative from, and chosen by, each Democratic organization chartered by the DCCSC.
    2. Any chartered organization representative may appoint in writing an alternate to the DCCSC who is a member in good standing of their chartered organization.
    3. Chartered organization representatives and their alternates shall have the privilege of the floor.
    4. In absence of the Chartered Organization Representative, the designated alternate shall serve as the organization’s representative.
    5. In the case of the dissolution of any chartered organization, the disbursement of any funds and assets held by the organization shall be subject to the approval of the DCCSC.
  2. Associate membership
    1. Associates may be granted to any registered Democrat in Shasta County who wishes to be affiliated with the DCCSC.
    2. Associates shall have the privilege of the floor, but not voting rights.
  3. Honorary Members
    1. At the discretion of the DCCSC, the designation “Honorary Member” shall be conferred upon individuals who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and service to the Democratic Party over an extended period of time.
    2. Honorary members shall have the privilege of the floor, but not voting rights.
    3. Dues shall be waived for all Honorary Members.
  4. Youth Members
    1. At the discretion of the DCCSC, the designation “Youth Member” shall be conferred upon individuals under eighteen (18) years of age who have demonstrated an interest in, have served, and have supported the Democratic Party.
    2. Youth Members shall have the privilege of the floor, but not voting rights.
    3. Dues shall be waived for all Youth Members.

D MEMBER DISCLOSURE

  1. All Members shall be required to provide full and ongoing written disclosure to the DCCSC regarding the nature of any and all financial relationships with, and/or fiduciary responsibilities to any political organization or private business or public entity collaborating with or pursuing a business relationship with the DCCSC.
  2. Members shall immediately disclose any conflict of interest, rather apparent or implied, to the DCCSC.
    1. If there is a question or dispute as to whether a conflict of interest exists, a determination will be made by the members of the DCCSC.
    2. In cases where a conflict of interest exists, the Member may not vote nor have the privilege of the floor during discussion of the issue.

E. OFFICERS

Officer’s serve (4) year terms or until the next DCCSC Organizational Meeting.

The officers of the DCCSC shall be the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Secretary, in order of succession.

The Chairperson may appoint a Member, Alternate, Ex-officio Member, or Associate to serve as Parliamentarian with the approval of the DCCSC.  This person must be knowledgeable in and able to interpret parliamentary procedures, the DCCSC Bylaws, and Robert’s Rules of Order.  The Parliamentarian shall serve at the pleasure of the Chairperson and the DCCSC.

Responsibilities of officers:

  1. The Chairperson shall: preside over all general membership meetings and those called by the Chairperson; appoint Standing Committee chairpersons and members of those Standing Committees; conduct official business as required by law and in compliance with state and national Democratic Party rules; facilitate the purpose of the DCCSC per Article I, Section B of the DCCSC bylaws; ensure the maintenance and publication of DCCSC internal and public calendars; serve as the official spokesperson for the DCCSC; be responsible for arranging an independent audit of property and finances at the end of his/her term of office, if requested by the DCCSC; at the Chairperson’s discretion, serve as an Ex-officio member of all DCCSC Committees. Nothing in the DCCSC policies or procedures shall preclude any committee from conducting business in the Chairperson’s absence.
  2. The Vice Chairperson shall: assist the Chairperson in performance of his/her duties; exercise all powers of the Chairperson in event of absence or vacancy of the Chairperson; ensure facilities for monthly general membership meetings are prearranged and reserved; manage the headquarters office and supervise volunteers; and at his or her discretion, or by appointment of the Chairperson, serve as Ex-officio member of all DCCSC Committees with voice and vote.
  3. The Secretary shall: maintain correspondence pertaining to the DCCSC as directed by the Chairperson, the Executive Committee, or by action of the body; be responsible to communicate to the DCCSC membership and its constituencies all Central Committee and/or Executive Committee minutes, meeting agendas, and any other announcements concerning the DCCSC, use all appropriate electronic, social, and print media to notify the membership and invited guests of regular meetings and other noteworthy DCCSC business, as directed by the Chair-person or by action of the body; the Secretary shall: record, and retain all records of the proceedings meetings, including retaining backup copies at a secure location; in timely manner, submit preliminary copy of meeting minutes to the executive committee for review/input and subsequent membership approval at the next regular monthly meeting; retain records of attendance at all meetings; transfer all records to successor at end of term for permanent retention; and maintain all records of the ratified bylaws and standing rules, ensuring they are available for Member review.
  4. The Treasurer shall: oversee DCCSC accounting and bookkeeping functions, oversee DCCSC accounting and bookkeeping functions, and inform other members of their Federal and State compliance requirements; have the right to inspect all financial records upon demand; be responsible to report the DCCSC overall financial condition to members at each monthly general meeting, including: written year-to-date financial summaries comparing actual receipts, disbursements, and balances against budgeted items and written monthly financial summaries comparing the previous month’s actual receipts, disbursements, and balances against budgeted items; serve as co-chairperson of the Budget & Finance Committee; notify in writing any Member, Alternate, Ex-officio Member, or chartered organizations whose dues are delinquent, and perform other such duties as the Treasurer and DCCSC shall mutually agree upon.
  5. The Assistant Treasurer will oversee annual and monthly budgets of general operating funds, fundraising budgets, contingency fund and all other funds accounting reports to Executive Board. Assistant Treasurer is responsible for taking the place of the Treasurer when necessary.

F. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  1. Shall consist of the officers of the DCCSC as specified in Article 1, Section E. The maximum number of members that may constitute the Executive Committee is five.
  2. The Executive Committee shall convene monthly for the purpose of creating the monthly agenda, review financials reports, recommend policies and procedures, assist Standing Committees, and other business as needed.
  3. A minimum of three affirmative votes by Executive Committee members is required for the Executive Committee to take official action.
  4. Special meetings for the purposes of conducting other specific business appropriate to the Executive Committee may be called by the Chairperson or by any two members of the Committee with advance notice of at least 24 hours to the membership of the DCCSC.
    1. The Executive Committee shall assume all powers of the body when it is not possible for the entire body to convene (e.g., in the case of a force majeure).
    2. All official actions taken by the Executive Committee in lieu of the general body shall be properly documented and be reported at the next regularly scheduled general meeting.
  5. The Executive Committee meetings are open to all members, Ex-officio Members, Alternates, and Associates.
  6. The Executive Committee shall approve the Treasurer’s choice of commercial institution(s) to be designated as the depository for DCCSC funds and any professional service contracts needed by the DCCSC.
  7. The Executive Committee shall participate in the Member and Officer removal process per Article I, Section K, Paragraph 3, Subsections c. through e.

G. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

  1. Officers shall be elected at the first regularly scheduled Organizational Meeting following the certification of the Presidential Primary Election results. Only duly elected General Members, who are officially recognized by the Registrar of Voters after the primary election, and Ex-officio members shall be allowed to be nominated and to elect officers at the meeting.
  2. All officers shall be nominated from the floor.
  3. In the absence of a contest, the election shall be by acclamation.
  4. All new officers shall be seated immediately following their election.
  5. In the event that an officer vacancy exists after the Organizational Meeting, any person who is eligible to vote on the DCCSC may then be nominated to run for that office at the next regular meeting.
  6. In the event any officer position as described in these Bylaws is not filled at the Organizational Meeting, the body may fill vacancies at its discretion.
  7. All officers’ terms end on the day of the Organizational Meeting following the Presidential Primary.

H. SEATING OF OFFICERS/MEMBERS All newly elected Members selected subsequent to the Presidential Primary election shall be seated in their respective districts at the first organizational meeting following said election.

I. OFFICER VACANCY

  1. In event of a vacancy in the office of Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson shall assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson.
  2. In the event of a vacancy in any office other than Chairperson, the vacancy shall be filled by a vote of the Membership at the meeting that follows “Notification of Vacancy” per in Article I, Section E above.

J. TREASURER

  1. A Treasurer will be elected by the DCCSC. The principal duties of the Treasurer are to: a. prepare and execute the statements required to be filed under the political campaign finance laws to which the DCCSC is subject; and b. assure that a competent bookkeeper, utilizing a system with appropriate division of duties (which, at a minimum, meets the safe-harbor requirements promulgated by applicable governmental authorities), maintains the financial records and bookkeeping functions of the DCCSC.
  2. The Treasurer may be assisted by an employee or employees of the DCCSC or outside vendor(s) contracted by the DCCSC. Said employee(s) and/or vendor shall be expert in campaign finance law to which the Executive Committee is subject. Said employee(s) or vendor may be the same or different from the campaign finance expert that provides bookkeeping services for the DCCSC.
  3. The Treasurer shall disburse funds in accordance with disbursement policies adopted by DCCSC as far as the disbursements are in compliance with the political campaign finance laws to which the DCCSC is subject.

K. REMOVAL OF MEMBERS AND OFFICERS

  1. Membership Dues shall be delinquent, if not paid within thirty (30) days from the beginning of the calendar year. Written notice shall be forwarded from the Treasurer to a Member for failure to pay dues. If not paid within ninety (90) days of the beginning of the calendar year, or ninety (90) days of a new Member’s subsequent appointment to the DCCSC. A Member may be removed at the next regular meeting of the DCCSC by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Members present.  Following recommendation from the Chairperson, written notification shall be sent to the Member in question by certified U.S. mail advising said Member of the recommendation for disqualification of membership. Member under consideration for disqualification may appeal by letter or email to the Chairperson within 15 days of mailing of notification.
  2. Members may be removed from the membership roster for misconduct, neglect of duties, three(3) unexcused absences consecutive or six (6) unexcused absences in one year, or who during his or her term of membership affiliates with, or registers as a member of another party, who publicly advocates that the voters should not vote for the nominee of this party, for any office, or who gives support, or avows a preference for a candidate of another party, or candidate who is opposed to a candidate nominated by this party; or any Member who generally acts or behaves in a fashion that is counter-productive to the DCCSC values and goals:
    1. At least two (2) Members of the DCCSC must sign and submit to the Chairperson a written “Statement of Charges” containing the alleged grounds for removal. b. Upon receipt of the “Statement of Charges”, the Chairperson must send a copy of the “Statement of Charges” to the accused Member by certified U.S. mail and a letter stating removal proceedings of the accused member or Officer.
    2. The Chair shall send copies of the “Statement of Charges” and any other pertinent correspondence to all voting Members, with the expressed intent to remove the Member in question at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
  3. The membership shall then vote on the removal of the Member in question at the next regularly scheduled meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Members present shall be needed for removal.
  4. In the event that the Chairperson is the Member in question, the Vice Chairperson shall assume all duties of the Chairperson as described in this Article.

L. NON-DISCRIMINATION

  1. No person shall be denied membership based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religious beliefs (or lack thereof), gender identification, sexual orientation, economic status, age, or disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).

ARTICLE II MEETINGS 

A. MEETINGS

  1. The DCCSC shall meet monthly at a fixed date and time, chosen by consensus of the Members.
  2. The Organizational Meeting of the DCCSC shall be held at the first regularly scheduled meeting following the Presidential Primary election.
  3. The Chairperson shall call the Organizational Meeting. The Chairperson shall send out notices after the Presidential Primary election notifying all Members and Ex-officio Members of the Organizational Meeting and of the election of new Officers.
  4. In the event that a Chairperson is not elected at the Organizational Meeting or proper election procedure is not followed, the past Chairperson may remain as interim Chairperson only until the next regularly scheduled meeting.

B. SPECIAL MEETINGS Special meetings of the DCCSC may be called by the Chairperson, a majority of the Executive Committee, a majority vote of the DCCSC Membership, or a written request to the Chairperson signed by at least the same number of voting Members as would constitute a quorum.

C. QUORUM A quorum shall consist of fifty percent (50%) plus one (1) of the total number of Members and Ex-officio Members.

  1. For the purposes of determining a quorum, the following shall be counted: members (or their designated alternates), and ex officio members present.

D. PROCEDURE

  1. The California Elections Code, the DCCSC Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern all meetings, as interpreted by the Chairperson.
  2. The DCCSC shall provide the Chairperson with a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order.
  3. All disputes regarding meeting procedures shall be referred to the Executive Committee for resolution.
  4. The DCCSC shall provide a copy of the current Bylaws to the newly appointed or elected and Ex-officio Members at the Organizational Meeting, as well as to those members elected after the Organizational Meeting.
  5. Amendments to the Bylaws proposed by Members outside the normal review cycle may be submitted to the Bylaws Committee for its consideration.

ARTICLE III DUES 

A. SETTING OF DUES

  1. The DCCSC annual dues amount for General Members, Alternates, Ex-officio Members, Chartered Organizations, and Associates shall be established at the Organizational Meeting of the new term.
  2. At said Organizational Meeting the Executive Committee shall recommend the annual dues amounts to be approved by simple majority vote of the Members.

B. TIME FRAME

  1. Dues shall be payable within thirty (30) days from the beginning of the calendar year, and delinquent if not paid in ninety (90) days.
  2. Associates shall pay dues at the first regular meeting in attendance.
  3. Newly appointed General Members shall have thirty (30) to pay dues.

C. PAYMENT Dues are on an annual basis, non-refundable, and not pro-rated.

ARTICLE IV COMMITTEES 

A. ELIGIBILITY AND APPOINTMENTS

  1. All Members, Alternates, Ex-officio Members, Chartered Organization Representatives, Associates, Honorary and Youth members of the DCCSC may serve on standing or ad hoc Committees.
  2. All committee chairs and committee members shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the Chairperson, unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws.
  3. All committee actions need E Board recommendations through collaboration prior to placement of agenda.

B. STANDING COMMITTEES

  1. The Bylaws Committee shall:
    1. be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the DCCSC on all proposed amendments to the Bylaws in accordance with the procedures in Article VIII;
    2. review and consider amendments where necessary in the odd number years;
    3. be responsible for furnishing copies of proposed Bylaw amendments to the membership of the DCCSC for review;
    4. be responsible for furnishing a final approved copy to the Secretary for State filing and for purposes of membership access;
    5. be responsible for furnishing a final and approved copy to the Secretary for distribution to all concerned parties.
  2. The Budget & Finance Committee shall:
    1. be co- chaired by the Treasurer and Assistant;
    2. be responsible for devising a budget for presentation to the DCCSC at the beginning of the DCCSC fiscal year. This proposal will be presented to the body for adoption within sixty (60) days of the start of each New Year;
    3. be responsible to recommend adjustments to the adopted budget;
    4. assert reasonable control to assure that the DCCSC does not enter into any binding agreement that causes DCCSC exposure to an unfunded liability;
    5. defines the requirements for outside professional accounting and legal services that may be needed to reasonably assure that the DCCSC remains in compliance with all applicable laws and campaign finance disclosure requirements. In furtherance of this purpose, the Committee may, on a bi-annual basis, solicit multiple bids from vendors capable of providing the DCCSC with the abovementioned professional legal and/or accounting services, and make recommendations as to the preferred vendors of such services, and present same to the body for budget approval;
    6. assist the Treasurer with oversight of the DCCSC finances.
  3. The Fundraising Committee shall:
    1. be responsible to gather input from the membership and propose, develop, and execute all DCCSC fundraising efforts on an annual basis;
    2. collaborate with the Treasurer, Budget & Finance Committee, and Chairperson to ensure fundraising efforts are reflected in the annual budgeting process;
    3. ensure regular reporting on the progress and status of all fundraising activities to the General Membership; and
    4. collaborate with the Secretary to ensure all DCCSC fundraising efforts are appropriately promoted.
  1. The Media and Information Committee Shall:
    1. administrate DCCSC website including updates to information, recommending administrative changes to E-Board;
    2. administrate all social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
    3. post news releases and send to all media outlets approved by the DCCSC;
    4. ensure that the goals and values of the DCCSC are communicated to the public.
    5. collaborate with all other standing committees to ensure maximum public awareness.

C. AD HOC COMMITTEES The Chairperson shall appoint and establish all ad hoc committees (For example: Elections Committee, MOE Working Group, etc.) and committee chairs, as deemed appropriate by the Chairperson and/or DCCSC.

ARTICLE V CHARTERING 

A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION In order to encourage organized participation in political activity by Democrats in Shasta County, the DCCSC may charter any group meeting the requirements cited in Article V, Section D and authorize the use of the term “Democrat” or ‘Democratic” in its activities.

B. CONFORMITY The constitution and/or bylaws of chartered groups shall conform to the policies for chartering established by the California Democratic Party, the DCCSC, and any applicable California State codes and laws.

C. EACH CHARTERED ORGANIZATION SHALL:

  1. be made up of Members registered as Democrats only, except minors;
  2. hold at least four (4) regular meetings each DCCSC calendar year;
  3. designate an Organization Representative to report on the chartered organization’s activities to the DCCSC on a monthly basis;
  4. support only Democrats running for public office;
  5. have the right to seek DCCSC endorsement and support for local Democratic candidates and pertinent issues; and
  6. provide a current copy of the organization’s roster of Officers and members and the latest copy of the organization’s constitution and/or bylaws at the Organizational Meeting of the DCCSC each term.

D. CHARTER APPLICATIONS New applications for charters shall be submitted in writing to the DCCSC.

  1. New applications for charters shall contain:
    1. the name of the organization;
    2. a copy of the applicant’s current constitution and/or bylaws;
    3. a statement of compliance with Article V, Section C of these Bylaws;
    4. the names and addresses of the organization’s officers and members and the signatures of the President and Secretary or equivalent officers; and
    5. a statement of receipt and disbursement of funds for the year to date.
  2. The DCCSC shall approve or disapprove the chartering request by a simple majority vote of the Members present.
  3. The DCCSC may reject an application for charter or revoke an existing charter for an organization’s failure to comply with the rules and procedures contained in Article V of this document.
  4. In event of a rejected chartering application or revocation of an existing charter, the affected organization shall be notified in writing. The affected organization may appeal this action in writing up to sixty (60) days after notification or by appearance before the DCCSC.

ARTICLE VI ENDORSEMENT PROCEDURE 

A. CANDIDATE, INITIATIVE, AND BALLOT MEASURE ENDORSEMENTS

The DCCSC has the legal right to endorse, not endorse, or take no position on candidates running for public office, initiatives or ballot measures. Only registered Democrats may be endorsed by the DCCSC. Endorsement can be in the form of the candidate’s use of DCCSC’s name, providing volunteers and/or monetary contributions, or any combination thereof.  All contributions must be made in accordance with state or federal law and California Democratic Party rules.

B. MONETARY LIMITATIONS

The DCCSC shall retain at least $500 in combined federal and state bank accounts for annual operating expenses. Exceptions shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.

C. CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT PROCEDURES

  1. Candidates wishing to be endorsed by DCCSC must contact the Chairperson for endorsement consideration.
  2. The DCCSC Chairperson may initiate the candidate endorsement process as well.
  3. Any Member in good standing may request by New Business agenda item DCCSC endorsement consideration.
  4. Candidates requesting consideration endorsement must provide the following in writing to the Chairperson:
    1. The full name, address, and telephone number(s) of the candidate.
    2. The title of the office sought by the candidate.
    3. A statement of qualifications of the candidate seeking endorsement, including declaration of Democratic Party affiliation.
    4. A response to specific requests by the DCCSC regarding the candidate’s campaign. e. Information about the candidate’s campaign management, staff, and platform.

D. INITIATIVE/BALLOT MEASURE ENDORSEMENT PROCEDURES

  1. Campaigns seeking endorsement for initiatives or ballot measures must contact the Chairperson for DCCSC consideration.
  2. The DCCSC Chairperson may initiate the initiative/ballot measure endorsement process as well.
  3. Any Member in good standing may request by New Business agenda item DCCSC endorsement consideration.
  4. Representatives of campaigns seeking DCCSC endorsement must be prepared to:
    1. Present an argument for endorsement to the general membership, and
    2. Provide the following in writing to the Chairperson in advance of the above presentation: i) The full name of the initiative/measure, headquarters address, telephone number(s) and key contact(s). ii) Summary of issues regarding the campaign. iii) A response to any specific requests by the DCCSC regarding the campaign.
  5. The Chairperson, by invitation, may provide opportunities for opposing initiative/ballot measure positions to be presented to the Members.

E. RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. The voting Members of the DCCSC shall make final decisions on endorsement by a simple majority vote of the Members present.
  2. The DCCSC shall not take an endorsement position in opposition to the State Party.

F. NOTIFICATION All candidates and initiative/ballot measure campaigns under consideration for endorsement shall be notified in writing of the DCCSC endorsement decision within 30 days of said decision or a minimum of 30 days prior to commencement of early absentee Voting by Mail (VBM), whichever occurs earlier.

G. DCCSC ISSUE ADVOCACY By a simple majority vote of the DCCSC Members present, positions may be taken on pending legislation, pending propositions, and any social issues of importance to the Democratic philosophy.

ARTICLE VII MEMBERS OF STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE & STATE EXECUTIVE BOARD  

A. STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  1. Members of the State Central Committee (DSCC) shall be elected as prescribed by the California Democratic Party (CDP).
  2. Written notice of holding elections for positions on the DSCC shall be sent to all DCCSC voting Members and Alternates.
  3. DSCC Member seats left vacant following the election shall be filled by appointment by the Chair.

B. STATE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

  1. Members of the State Executive Board of the DSCC shall be elected as prescribed by the CDP.
  2. Written notice of holding elections to the State Executive Board shall be sent to all DCCSC voting Members and Alternates.
  3. Seats on the State Executive Board left vacant following the election shall be filled by appointment by the Chairperson.
  4. Mid-term vacancies shall be filled by election by the DCCSC.

ARTICLE VIII AMENDMENT PROCEDURES 

A. PROPOSED AMENDMENT Proposed amendments to the bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the Bylaws Committee.

B. REVIEW OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

  1. The Bylaws Committee shall review all proposed amendments to the bylaws within sixty (60) days of receiving the proposal from the Chairperson.
  2. The Committee shall recommend immediate approval, disapproval, or deferral of proposed amendment to next Bylaws review cycle per Article IV, Section B, Paragraph 1, b.

C. ADOPTION

Following the recommendation of the Bylaws Committee, the proposed amendment shall be voted on at the next regular meeting of the DCCSC.  A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of members present shall be required for adoption of any amendment.  Date of passage shall be noted next to amended text.

ARTICLE IX RATIFICATION PROCEDURES 

A. RATIFICATION this document shall be ratified by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of all voting Members present. Upon ratification, these bylaws will be considered legal and binding.

B. REFERENCE for state laws governing County Central Committees and the Democratic State Central Committee, see relevant sections of the California Election Code. Where discrepancies may exist between these Bylaws and California State law, State law supersedes and prevails.