“We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.”
- Libertarian Party Statement of Principles.
Click Here for the full explanation from the national Libertarian Party
“Whereas the Libertarian Party is comprised of individuals who share the Libertarian philosophy of government, this local chapter shall be open to all people who believe in the non-initiation of force, and who believe the proper role of government is to protect the rights of the individual to life, liberty and property, to allow individuals to make their own decisions on all matters affecting their health, happiness, and welfare, and where government empowers good people to earn a living, to defend themselves, to live life as each individual so chooses provided they do no harm to another.”
-GRLP bylaws preamble
We are a group of individuals who hold diverse political views on a number of issues. We are united by the above Statement of Principles. You may find some of us to be left leaning and some to be right leaning. Some of us may be right leaning on social issues and some left leaning. Some of us may be left leaning on economic issues and some may be right leaning. Some of us support the Tea Party movement and some of us support the Occupy movement and some of us support both. In general we want maximum freedom on both social and economic issues.
There are two major subsets within the Libertarian Party, principled libertarians and pragmatic libertarians. Principled libertarians generally support no or practically no government. Pragmatic libertarians tend to believe that some amount of government (even a significant amount) is a necessary evil, but believe our current government does far more harm than good.
Greater Rochester LP Bylaws
Whereas the Libertarian Party is comprised of individuals who share the Libertarian philosophy of government, this local chapter shall be open to all people who believe in the non-initiation of force, and who believe the proper role of government is to protect the rights of the individual to life, liberty and property, to allow individuals to make their own decisions on all matters affecting their health, happiness, and welfare, and where government empowers good people to earn a living, to defend themselves, to live life as each individual so chooses provided they do no harm to another.
1.1 The Greater Rochester Libertarian Party (GRLP) is a chapter of the Libertarian Party of New York.
1.2 The purpose of the GRLP is togather together individuals with the expressed goal of working to place Libertarians into public office.
1.3 The principles of the GRLP hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose, and that government has an obligation to support the exercise of these rights in an impartial manner.
1.4 Section 1.3 above shall constitute a pledge to be signed by all officers of and candidates endorsed by the GRLP.
2.1 Classes of membership: General members, Governing Body and Executive Committee.
2.1.1: General Members of the GRLP shall not pay dues and will have voting privileges only at the GRLP Annual Convention if they meet the requirements of 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 by December 31st the previous year. The GRLP General membership shall be comprised of individuals who meet one of the following requirements.
18.104.22.168: They are a registered voter who resides in Monroe, Livingston, Orleans, Wayne, or Ontario County and have affiliated with the Libertarian Party when they registered with the Board of Elections and the Board of Elections has publicly recorded their political affiliation with the Libertarian Party.
22.214.171.124: They are a registered voter in a county where the Board of Elections has not made public their political affiliation or where the individual has registered as ‘blank’ or ‘other’, and the individual signed a statement of Principle embracing the Principles and Objectives of the Libertarian Party as stated in Article 1.3 of these By-Laws.
126.96.36.199: They have gathered signatures on nominating petitions for the Libertarian party within the past two years, as confirmed by an existing GRLP Governing Body member.
188.8.131.52: They have been granted membership status by a majority vote at any regular and properly held (i.e., quorum present) GRLP Governing Body meeting.
2.1.2: A member of the GRLP Governing Body (GRLPGB) shall be any person who has qualified to be a GRLP General member as specified in 2.1.1 and who has paid the GRLP Governing Body annual dues in U.S. Dollar value of 0.5 Troy ounces of 0.999 fine silver. Members of the GRLP Governing body shall have voting rights at all meetings of the GRLP Governing Body and at the GRLP Annual Convention. Only members of the GRLP Governing body are eligible to serve as officers of the GRLP.
2.1.3: A member of the GRLP Executive Committee shall consist of officers, Chairpersons of the GRLP committees, all of which shall be counted for purposes of a quorum, excluding however Chairpersons of town and local committees.
2.1.4: A supporter is any person who resides outside of the above counties who pays annual dues of the US Dollar value of 0.5 Troy ounces of .999 fine silver. A supporter shall have no voting privileges.
2.2 At his or her sole discretion, the Treasurer may accept payment of dues in the form of silver coin. However, the Treasurer shall ensure the authenticity of the coin and silver content thereof.
2.2.1: If any coin is found to be deficient, the membership of the person who paid with it shall be revoked until dues are repaid in US currency.
2.2.2: The Dollar value of silver shall be the closing bid price of silver on the New York Spot Market on the last business day of the calendar year and recalculated annually with such price and corresponding Dollar values of each membership status posted on the GRLP website at the earliest practical time and included with all membership information.
2.3 The GRLP’s Secretary shall maintain, in the form of an internal document, a manual relating to the censure of members. Adoption and modification of this manual shall be made as if it were an amendment to these bylaws.
3. Governing Body and Executive Committee.
3.1 The Governing Body shall be comprised of those General members who have met the requirements of a GRLP General member because of their official political affiliation with the Board of Election as specified in 2.1.1 and who has paid the GRLP Governing Body annual dues in U.S. Dollar value of 0.5 Troy ounces of 0.999 fine silver as specified in 2.1.2. Members of the GRLP Governing body shall have voting rights at all meetings of the GRLP Governing Body and at the GRLP Annual Convention.
3.2 The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, State Representative, and GRLP committee Chairpersons.
3.3 The Executive Committee will run regular meetings of the GRLP Governing Body and a quorum for all regular and special meetings of the GRLP Governing Body shall consist of the Chair or Vice Chair, Secretary or Treasurer, and 35% of the GRLP Committee Chairpersons, excluding town and local Chairpersons. All other members of the Governing Body present do not affect the quorum, but may vote at any meeting they attend and the majority of those voting, when a quorum is present, shall carry unless otherwise stipulated in these by-laws.
4.1 All officers of the GRLP must sign the pledge stated in 1.3as specified in 1.4, and all officers of the GRLP Governing Body must comply with the requirements specified in 2.1.2
4.2 At the annual convention, officers shall be elected by a secret ballot, majority vote of GRLP members present; no proxy voting is permitted.
4.2.1: Every ballot must have an entry for ‘None Of The Above’ (NOTA). After each ballot, the candidate with the least vote is dropped each round and the voting is continued until one candidate wins a majority of votes. If NOTA wins a majority of votes, none of the previously nominated candidates may be re-nominated and if no candidate meeting the requirements of office is nominated, the position will remain empty until otherwise filled as specified here or elsewhere in these By-Laws.
4.2.2: A Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Treasurer, a Secretary, and a State Representative shall be nominated from the floor and elected. A person may serve in multiple offices; however, the Chair may not also serve as the Treasurer. In the event of a NOTA win, and no one is subsequently nominated and voted into office at an Annual Convention, the Executive Committee may nominate and elect a qualified individual for the position at the next Governing Body meeting.
4.2.3: Duties of officers
184.108.40.206: The duties of the Chair shall be to act as administrator and spokesperson for the GRLP, and to preside at meetings of the GRLP Governing Body and Annual Convention.
220.127.116.11: The Chair shall appoint committee Chairpersons, including town and other local committees only at a monthly meeting of the GRLP. Appointments of the Chair of the GRLP shall serve at the discretion of the Chair and shall be subject to nullification by a majority vote at a regular meeting of the GRLP.
18.104.22.168: The duties of the Secretary are to take and maintain the minutes of the GRLP monthly and annual conventions, to state quorum requirements for meetings when the Treasurer is absent, and to maintain and update the General Membership list.
22.214.171.124: The duties of the Treasurer shall be to collect, hold, and disburse funds, maintain records of all financial transactions, to provide annual financial reports, to maintain, update, and report regularly on the Governing Body membership, and determine and state quorum requirements for meetings.
126.96.36.199: The duties of the State Representative shall be to attend meetings of the LP State Committee, and to represent the GRLP and vote at said meetings with the best interests of the GRLP as prime consideration. The State Representative can be removed for cause by a majority vote at a regular meeting of the GRLP if the Representative fails to attend two consecutive meetings of the State Committee or fails to provide a written or oral report of the State Committee activities at two consecutive regular meetings of the GRLP.
4.3 Nominations and elections may be held at a Governing Body regular meeting to replace an officer unwilling or unable to complete his or her tenure. The voting procedure used to elect officers at the annual convention shall be followed.
4.4 Prior to any election, the secretary shall notify the Governing Body membership of any officer who may be subject to censure and the grounds therefore.
5.1.1: An Annual Convention shall be held by May 1st.
5.1.2: All members of the GRLP Governing Bodyshall be notified of the annual convention at least 30 days in advance.
5.1.3: The Chair, or an individual designated by the Chair to be the presiding member, shall call the annual convention to order and immediately ask the Secretary, and in the absence of the Secretary shall ask the Treasurer, for a report on the attendance at the time the convention was called to order.
5.1.4: A quorum shall consist of a number of GRLP members equal to 50% of those members (General members and Governing Body members) who were in attendance at the time of the call to order.
5.1.5: No Decisions requiring a vote shall be made at the annual convention without a quorum present.
5.2Governing Body Meetings
5.2.1: The Executive Committee shall hold regularly scheduled meetings of the Governing Body as described in section 3.3
5.2.2: Special meetings of the Governing Bodymay be called by any officer by notifying all GRLP Governing Body members at least 14 days in advance.
5.2.2: A quorum at a Governing Body meeting is defined in section 3.3, above.
5.2.2: No decisions requiring a vote shall be made without a quorum present.
5.2.3: Upon the request of a member of the Governing Body, the Treasurer shall provide a list of GRLP Governing Body members to the GRLP Governing Body member making the request.
5.3 Meetings may be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order if requested and approved by a majority vote. There shall be no proxy voting at any meeting of the GRLP
5.4 Any attendee at any GRLP meeting engaging in unruly or disruptive conduct will be asked to discontinue their conduct or leave.
6.1 No expenditures of the funds of the GRLP shall be made without the acquiescence of the Chair and the Treasurer.
7 CANDIDATE SELECTION PROCESS:
7.1 The Candidate Review Committee
7.1.1: The GRLP Chair will appoint a GRLP Governing Body member to the the Chair of the Candidate Review Committee (CRC ). The committee Chair shall not be the GRLP Chair. The CRC Chair shall choose at least two other GRLP Governing Body members to serve on the committee. The GRLP Chair may serve on the CRC at the GRLP Chair’s own discretion.
7.1.2: No CRC member shall be an individual being considered for endorsement.
7.1.3: Once a CRC chair has been appointed, any person seeking endorsement of the GRLP must be approved by an absolute majority of the CRC and except as provided for in Section 7.1.8, must be a member in good standing of the GRLP.
7.1.4: The CRC will meet at the call of its chair and will establish its own evaluation procedures, which may include personal interviews.
7.1.5: The primary criterion for endorsement will be the candidate’s prior public statements of affiliation with the GRLP, or agreement with the principles of the LP, or lacking prior public statements, personal assurances to the CRC that the candidate agrees with and will publicly support the principles of the GRLP.
7.1.6: The committee will only consider persons nominated by the procedures described in 7.2 of these By-Laws.
7.1.7: Candidates may appeal committee decisions to the GRLP Governing Body at any meeting of the GRLPGB, which body may overturn the ruling of the CRC with at least a 60% plurality vote of the GRLP Governing Body present.
7.1.8: If a potential candidate who resides outside the area covered by the GRLP seeks the nomination to run for an office in a political unit that inter sects with the area covered by the GRLP:
188.8.131.52: That person must be endorsed by all county LP chapters of the LPNY which intersect with that political unit, and
184.108.40.206: That person must be a member in good standing of the county LP Party, if any, where he or she resides, or if none, then of the LPNY Party.
7.2.1: Any GRLP member in good standing can nominate a candidate including themselves.
7.2.2: Persons who seek the nomination of the GRLP for political office can be nominated from the floor at anyregular or special meeting of the GRLP Governing Body, or at any time be nominated by the GRLP Chair.
7.2.3: All nominations require a seconding nomination by a GRLP Governing Body member.
7.2.4: Candidates shall be vetted by the Candidate Review Committee (CRC). If approved by the CRC prior to the annual convention, the body of the General Membership shall vote to determine whether to approve the nomination of the candidate. Any candidate who seeks the GRLP endorsement after the annual convention must first win approval of a majority of the CRC, and then must be approved by a majority vote at a meeting of the GRLP Governing Body.
7.2.5: Notification that a candidate for political office will be interviewed/reviewed by the CRC is to be made known to the GRLP Governing Body membership as widely as possible, so that they can have an opportunity to have input to the committee concerning the potential candidate. However, the manner of notification shall be at the discretion of the CRC Chair and shall be in such a manner as to not unduly delay the process.
7.2.6: Any time prior to ballot access, any candidate may have their endorsement revoked only by a ¾ vote at a GRLP Governing Body meeting and only if that candidate is arrested or publicly engages in behavior that is contrary to GRLP principles.
7.2.7: The endorsement of a candidate for political office (if done after the Annual Convention) shall be finally approved at a meeting of the GRLP Governing Body convened with a proper quorum.
7.2.8: When selecting a candidate, all nominated candidates will be considered during any vote, and the nominated candidate with the majority of votes shall be the endorsed candidate. Voting with multiple candidates will be run as customary, with NOTA as a choice, and dropping the candidate with the least votes each round. If and when NOTA receives the majority of votes, none of the candidates will be endorsed.
7.2.9: When an election district spans 2 or more LP County Chapter areas, and two or more candidates have been endorsed by separate LP County Chapter(s), the GRLP will cooperate with the other LP County Chapter(s) in order to hold a candidate selection convention. The purpose of this convention will be to select a single Libertarian candidate. The rules of the joint convention will be agreed upon by the GRLP Chair and a representative(s) designated by the other Chapter(s).
8.1: In the event GRLPGB members from any county or counties other than Monroe are eligible under LPNY bylaws and choose to secede from the GRLP, the GRLP and these bylaws shall remain with Monroe County and all remaining counties.
8.2: Upon secession of any county or counties from the GRLP, section 2.1.1 of these bylaws shall automatically be amended to exclude such county or counties.
8.3: Common funds shall be divided in proportion to members in good standing continuously for at least two years prior to secession.
9.1: These Bylaws shall take effect immediately if accepted by majority vote of GRLP members present on December 5, 2013, and all current members shall become GRLPGB members until the time that their annual dues are to be paid.
9.2: Except as provided in 8.2, amendments to the bylaws shall be made by majority vote at a GRLPGB meeting and if the proposed amendments were communicated to the entire GRLPGB in writing 14 days prior to the meeting.
9.3: The text of the proposed amendments may be altered at the meeting only by verbal consent of all GRLPGB members present.
The Original GRLP bylaws adopted at our Founding Convention on March 31, 2007 by LPNY members present.
Amendments (have been included in the above bylaws where appropriate):
June 12, 2007: to establish the office of secretary
May 12, 2008: to allow endorsement of candidates residing outside of the GRLP region, but whose political unit intersects with the GRLP region.
December 31, 2008: to establish our dues in silver coin.
September 8, 2009: to allow members to pay dues in silver coin.
January 12, 2010: to authorize the creation of a manual relating to the censure of members.
January 3, 2013: Changes to quorum requirement and CSC process.
December 5, 2013: Major changes, a complete re-write of our bylaws.
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