Constitution and Bylaws


Preamble

We, the members of Progressive Dane, join together to form an independent political party in Dane County with a major focus on local issues. We pledge to work to improve the quality of life in Dane County for all people, particularly those marginalized by economic and social discrimination. We will work to improve our local government by making it open, easier to understand, and accessible for all citizens of Dane County. We are working to achieve positive policy change by electing accountable progressive officials and mobilizing citizen action. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 11/20/02; Amended 7/25/07)

Article 1. Decision Making of the General Body

Section 1. Only members in good standing of the organization may vote on matters of business before Progressive Dane. A `member in good standing' is a member who has paid her or his full dues within the last 15 months, has met or exceeded low income or student membership dues through sustainership within the last 15 months, or has kept up to date on the $0 Volunteer Membership. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 11/20/02, 7/23/03, and 6/26/13)

Section 2. All decisions of Progressive Dane will require a simple majority for adoption except for the following, where a 2/3 vote will be required: (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 5/28/03)

    1. Extraordinary expenditures (Amounts exceeding $250.00 that were not approved in the annual budget). (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 2/28/96 and 11/20/02)
    2. Endorsement of candidates by Progressive Dane in electoral campaigns. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 5/28/03)
    3. Amendment of Progressive Dane's Bylaws. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 5/28/03 and 7/23/03)

Section 3. A quorum for general meetings of Progressive Dane will be twenty (20) members. No official business shall be conducted without a quorum. The quorum requirement will not apply unless a member asks that a quorum be present for a given piece of business. (Adopted 8/25/93; Amended 5/24/00 and 11/20/02)

Section 4. The order of precedence for rules and procedures governing the operation of Progressive Dane shall be:

    1. The Bylaws.
    2. Special rules adopted by Progressive Dane for its own governance.
    3. `Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised.' (Adopted 6/25/03)

Article 2. The Coordinating Council

Section 1. The Coordinating Council of Progressive Dane will consist of no more than ten (10) members selected by the general body. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 3/27/96; Amended 10/23/13)

    1. Eight seats on the Coordinating Council shall be selected at-large by the General Body.
    2. Two seats on the Coordinating Council shall be filled by delegates from the Elections Committee and Policy Committee.
    3. The Coordinating Council shall strive for demographic balance. In the Fall election of the Coordinating Council, the top 3 vote-getting persons from marginalized communities shall be automatically seated, with the remainder of vote-getters seated according to vote totals. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 3/27/96; Amended 10/23/13)

Section 2. Terms on the Coordinating Council shall be one year. Elections of the Coordinating Council will take place annually in the October General Membership Meeting. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 11/20/02; Amended 10/23/13)

    1. Nominations of candidates for election to the Coordinating Council will take place at a General Membership Meeting no less than one (1) month prior to the elections. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 10/23/13)
    2. Election to the Coordinating Council shall be conducted by secret ballot, with members casting a ballot for no less than three candidates and no more than six candidates. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 10/23/13)
    3. The Coordinating Council shall have the power to call an election by the General Membership to fill at-large vacancies of the Coordinating Council. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    4. If less than four months remain until the next regular election of the Coordinating Council, the Coordinating Council shall appoint someone from the General Membership to fill the vacancy until the next regular election. (Adopted 10/23/13)

Section 3. Quorum on the Coordinating Council will be a majority of members currently seated on the Coordinating Council or five members; whichever is greater. (Adopted 7/14/93; Amended 10/23/13)

Section 4. The Coordinating Council shall be charged with the day-to-day operations of the Party, in addition to the following responsibilities:

    1. The Coordinating Council shall select two Co-Chairs from their rank, tasked with administering day-to-day operations, overseeing execution of the Annual Plan as directed by the General Membership, and serving as the public voice of the organization. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    2. Co-Chairs of Progressive Dane shall strive for demographic balance, with the top vote-getting person from a marginalized community automatically seated, and the other vote-getters seated according to vote totals. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    3. The Coordinating Council shall appoint a Treasurer from among the General Membership. It shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer to provide quarterly financial reports to the General Membership, monthly reports to the Coordinating Council, handle general financial operations of the Party, make budgetary recommendations to the Coordinating Council, and other tasks commonly reserved for the Treasurer. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    4. The Coordinating Council shall appoint a Secretary from among the Coordinating Council. It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary to maintain all organizational records, take minutes during General Membership Meetings and meetings of the Coordinating Council, organize the minutes of any meetings of Progressive Dane where official business has been conducted, and other tasks commonly reserved for the Secretary. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    5. The Coordinating Council shall be responsible for organizing fundraisers and official events of Progressive Dane, including the Annual Convention of Progressive Dane. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    6. In advance of the Annual Convention of Progressive Dane, the Coordinating Council shall propose an Annual Budget to the General Membership (Adopted 10/23/13)
    7. In advance of the Annual Convention of Progressive Dane, the Coordinating Council shall propose an Annual Plan to the General Membership. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    8. It shall be the responsibility of the Coordinating Council to set the agenda of meetings of the General Membership of Progressive Dane. Additionally, the Coordinating Council shall be responsible for providing timely notices of meetings of the General Membership and reporting the minutes of meetings of Progressive Dane where official business has been conducted. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    9. It shall be the responsibility of the Coordinating Council, in consultation with the General Membership, to administer the Discretionary Organizing Fund. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    10. The Coordinating Council shall be responsible for approving official endorsements of community events or campaigns, unless timely endorsements can be made at a meeting of the General Membership. Additionally, unless otherwise noted in the Annual Budget, disbursements in support of official endorsements of Progressive Dane shall be made from the Discretionary Organizing Fund. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    11. The Coordinating Council shall be responsible for authorizing extraordinary expenditures that are not otherwise authorized in the Annual Budget as approved by the General Membership. If any one line item exceeds the approved amount by 10% or more, the Coordinating Council shall submit an amended budget to the General Membership for approval. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    12. The Coordinating Council, in consultation with the General Membership, shall be charged with convening special committees or task forces of Progressive Dane. (Adopted 10/23/13)
    13. The Coordinating Council shall be responsible for hiring, firing, and oversight of any paid staff of Progressive Dane. (Adopted 10/23/13)

Article 3. General Committees and Task Forces (Adopted 8/25/93; Amended 11/20/02)

Section 1. The members of Progressive Dane can form various General Committees and Task Forces to mobilize electoral and non-electoral campaigns, conduct public outreach and education, develop programs, improve internal organization, recruit new members, etc.

    1. Committee and Task Force missions, goals and objectives shall be proposed in writing and approved by the general membership.
    2. While maintaining communication with the Coordinating Council, General Committees and Task Forces shall be allowed the authority and discretion to implement approved missions and projects.
    3. The Coordinating Council may recommend to the General Membership that a General Committee or Task Force be disbanded if it has ceased to function. (Adopted 2/26/03)

Section 2. General Committee and Task Forces, permanent or ad hoc, will present reports of their activities and address questions at least annually at the General Membership meetings.

Section 3. General Committees and Task Forces shall have a liaison on the Coordinating Council. If a General Committee or Task Force does not contain a member of the Coordinating Council, then the Coordinating Council will appoint one of its members to be a liaison to the General Committee or Task Force.

Section 4. General Committees and Task Forces will make decisions by a simple majority vote except when the elections committee is voting on endorsements of candidates or referenda where a 2/3 vote will be requires. (Amended 2/26/03 and 5/28/03)

Section 5. General Committees and Task Forces will elect a chairperson or co-chairs from among their members annually and notify the Coordinating Council of their selection. (Adopted 11/20/02)

Article 4. Amendments to the Bylaws of Progressive Dane (Adopted 2/28/96; Amended 11/20/02, 2/26/03, 5/28/03 and 7/23/03)

Section 1. Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by any member, in writing, by submitting them first to the Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council shall recommend adoption, rejections, or adoption with amendments to the General Membership within 90 days of submission. (Amended 7/23/03)

Section 2. The notice of the General Membership Meeting at which the amendment(s) will be voted on must include the text of the amendment(s) as proposed by the member, together with any changes recommended by the Coordinating Council.

Section 3. The General Membership Meeting at which amendments are considered may not coincide with elections held under Section 2.

Section 4. Adoption and ratification of amendments requires a 2/3 vote at the meeting. (Adopted 2/28/96; Amended 5/28/03 and 6/25/03)

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