LPBCF Governing Docs

 

Constitution of the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida

Section 1

The name of this organization shall be the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida., hereinafter referred to as the LPBCF. It is an affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Florida, hereinafter referred to as the LPF.

Section 2

The object and purpose of the LPBCF is to engage in political action in Bradford County Florida, and to serve as an affiliate organization of the LPF in local, state and national politics, and to serve as a nucleus for LPF members in Bradford County, Fl, in all matters of Libertarian political action.

Section 3

The purpose of the LPBCF is to organize and mobilize the citizens of Bradford County, Florida, to spread and advance the ideals of personal and economic liberty by:

(A) Recruiting, and providing volunteer efforts, in support of candidates for local, state, and national office.

(B) Promoting, assisting, and coordinating political activity with other county affiliate parties within the State of Florida.

(C) Entering into political actions, including the registration of new members, building of candidate and voter data sets, crafting voter outreach models, creating and assigning volunteer tasks, promoting and aiding libertarian campaigns, promoting libertarian issues in local and county government, and other efforts deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee

(D) Networking and alliance building with other parties, organizations, issue advocacy groups, or individuals for mutual aid, in furtherance of liberty.

Section 4

The LPBCF Constitution is superior to the Bylaws and Standing Rules. The LPBCF Bylaws are superior to the Standing Rules.

 

ARTICLE II Membership

Section 1

LPBCF membership is open to any lawful citizen of the United States who is an LPF registered voter, accepts the LPBCF Constitution, bylaws, and Standing Rules, and is a resident of Bradford County, Florida, except as provided for in Article II, Section 4 of the LPBCF Bylaws.

Section 2

No change in the Bylaws or Standing Rules shall deny the autonomy of an individual member to believe in their own vision of liberty, providing they do not espouse the principles of political or cultural Marxism in the name of the LPBCF.

Marxism is antithetical to Liberty, and promotion of Socialism, Cultural Marxism, Communism, Anarcho-Communism, or related theories rooted in the philosophies of Marx and Engles are grounds for suspension.


In private, and on non-party owned or operated electronic communication methods,  members and officers have the right to speak, think, write, or sing as they please, wear whatever clothing they want to, and engage in any form of free speech protected under the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

Section 3

Mutual Combat

(A) We respect the principle of mutual combat, although a criminal conviction for assault and battery or other violence on a fellow member can be used as grounds for suspension from the party, by a three-fourths vote of the Executive Committee.

(B) Members wishing to engage in mutual combat must be of the same birth gender, must both consent, and must conduct the settling of the dispute outside of the meeting or event. The LPBCF is not responsible for any injuries sustained, members are responsible for themselves if they chose to engage in mutual combat.

(C) This section serves to repudiate a modern perversion of the NAP into a toxic pacifism, and is designed to maintain civility in political meetings found lacking when people feel free to lie about, and insult each other. Should a challenge be made both parties do not accept, the Executive Committee will hold an immediate majority vote, and chose which party must leave the meeting or event. This action will only be confined to that meeting or event, and is solely designed to prevent disruption. Both members may return in good standing at future meetings or events.

(D) Members are responsible for themselves outside of LPBCF meetings or events. We do not believe in cowardice and the potential for abuse of NAP violation claims is so destructive, a criminal conviction for a violent act on another member will be required to bring a motion to remove a member in cases of hand to hand combat between members not involving weapons.

(E) Be polite and respectful at LPBCF meetings and events. The LPBCF Executive Committee is not your bodyguard and will not foster an environment where people are free to insult and disrespect each other by promoting the cowardice that infects many parties, ultimately causing worse violence.

Section 4

Certain rights and privileges of membership, including delegate status, committee appointments and observation of committee meetings, holding party office, exercise of voting rights in the conduct of any Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida business, and the right to attend or speak before any Business Meeting, shall be unavailable to members and officers of any other political party registered in the state of Florida, except by express consent of the LPBCF Executive Committee.

ARTICLE III Officers, Executive Committee & Standing Committees

Section 1

The Officers of the LPBCF shall be a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Due to the sparsely populated nature of Bradford County, the offices may be combined, providing they do not violate the laws of the State of Florida, or the Constitution and Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

Section 2

(A) The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Officers required by Florida law.

(B) Any Incorporated City in Bradford county reaching 10 active members may petition to add a Representative to the EC to represent their interests at the Annual Business Meeting. The City Representatives must reside and be registered to vote at an address within the Incorporated city they represent.  They shall serve terms of (1) year, and at each subsequent Annual Business Meeting (10) delegates or more attend that reside within the city limits of the candidate may elect a City Representative for the following year.

(C) The powers and duties of the Executive Committee shall be prescribed in the Bylaws and Standing Rules, to provide the control and management of all the affairs, properties, and funds of the LPBCF consistent with this Constitution.

(D) Deficit spending shall be prohibited.

Section 3

Standing Committees


(A) Committees may be created by the LPBCF at the discretion of the EC.

(B) Committees and Committee Chairs shall be appointed by the Chair of the LPBCF with the approval of the Executive Committee by two-thirds vote, unless otherwise provided in the Constitution. Committee members may be appointed by the Chair and confirmed with a majority vote of the EC. Removal of persons on a committee shall need the approval of the Executive Committee by a 2/3 vote. Actions of all Committees shall be reported to the Executive Committee.

(C) There will be a vote at the Annual Business Meeting by the delegates of the LPBCF to retain members of any Committee the EC wishes to continue operating through the year following the Annual Business Meeting.

(D) If a committee member is not retained, nominations may be made from the floor by LPBCF delegates. The nominee with the most votes will fill the position of the member the delegates failed to ratify.

(E) If a member is not ratified, creating a vacancy, and no nominee is presented, the LPBCF Chair may appoint a member to be approved by a two-thirds vote after the close of the Annual Business Meeting.

 

ARTICLE V Conventions & Meetings

Section 1

The conduct of the business and meetings of the Executive Committee shall be prescribed in the Bylaws and Standing Rules.

ARTICLE VI Statement of Principles, Platform 

The Statement of Principles of the Libertarian Party is hereby ratified. The LPBCF may develop a Statement of Principles consistent with the Libertarian Party’s as a preamble to the Platform developed by the Convention, and as prescribed by this Constitution, By-Laws, and Standing Rules.

ARTICLE VII Adoption & Amendments

Section 1

This Constitution was adopted by unanimous vote in March, 2017.

Section 2

Amendments to the Constitution are discouraged and involve deliberate checks and balances, and may be made in the following manner:

(A) Amendments must be submitted to the Executive Committee sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting for approval by a two-thirds vote of the EC to become part of the Annual Business Meeting Agenda. Alterations to the Constitution should not be taken lightly, or done without extensive deliberation.

(B) Amendments approved by the Executive Committee and seconded from the floor must be approved by two-thirds vote of the delegates present.


Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida Bylaws

Ratified March, 2017

Article I

Section 1

(A) The autonomy of the LPBCF shall not be abridged by the LPF Executive Committee, or other officer, committee or agent of the LPF – except as provided in the Constitution and Bylaws.

(B) The LPBCF may exercise its rights under LPF Bylaws – Article I, Section 3 by banning any member of the LPF Executive Committee, or other officer, committee, committee member, or agent of the LPF from events or any other political activity within Bradford County hosted by the LPBCF, for interfering with the autonomy of the LPBCF or any other LPF affiliate.

  1. The individual cannot be a current member of the LPBCF EC, or former member in the previous 24 months.
  2. A two-thirds vote of the LPF EC shall be required to ban an individual under this section, and notice shall be given to the LPF via the official email address “ec@lpf.org”.
  3. If the request is ignored, the LPBCF will exercise its rights to call a meeting of the LPF EC under LPF Standing Rules, Article 5, Section 1, to seek censure or suspension of the offending LPF officer, citing Article 1, Section 3, and/or other cause.

 

ARTICLE II Membership

Section 1

The privileges and duties of membership and delegate authority shall be prescribed in the Standing Rules.

Section 2

Membership classifications, privileges, duties and donation structures shall be provided in the Standing Rules.

Section 3

Suspension of members shall be reserved to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have the power to suspend membership status from the organization by a three-fourths vote. Such notification of suspension is subject to a written appeal within thirty (30) days of the notification of suspension. An appeal may be rejected by unanimous vote of the LPBCF EC. Failure to appeal within (30) days shall be interpreted as acceptance of the suspension by the member. Suspension will last (1) year from date of the vote, or loss of appeal vote if applicable. 

Section 4

Any member of the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida, or member of the Executive Committee, may be exempt from the requirement to be a registered voter as a condition of membership under LPBCF Constitution Article II, Section 1, in the case of conviction for a crime without a victim, or a violent crime committed in self defense from tyranny, or matter of honor, or in defense of women, children, the elderly, or infirm. Exemption will be determined by a majority vote of the LPBCF EC.

 

ARTICLE III Executive Committee

Section 1

The Officers of the Executive Committee shall be elected at the Annual Business Meeting by the majority vote of delegates for a period of two (2) years. City Representatives will be elected for a period of one (1) year at the Annual Business Meeting by delegates from the city they seek to represent.

Section 2

Executive Committee

Election of Executive Committee Officers. The Chair and Secretary shall be elected in odd numbered years. The Vice Chair and Treasurer, shall be elected in even numbered years. City Representatives shall be elected at the Annual Business Meeting and shall serve for a period of one (1) year. These Executive Committee members shall take office upon the close of the Annual Business Meeting and serve thereafter until the final adjournment of the Annual Business Meeting at which their terms expire.

(A) Offices may be combined to fill vacancies as long as the laws of the State of Florida allow it.

(B) The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies of the Executive Committee, City Representatives, Committee Chairs, and Committee members by appointment of the LPBCF Chair with confirmation of the appointment as indicated by a majority of the votes cast by the Executive Committee.

(C) All nominations to fill vacancies shall be submitted to the LPBCF chair.

(D) The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies of elected positions of LPBCF Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer by a majority of the votes cast by the Executive Committee via roll call vote.

(E) In the event of crisis necessitating immediate appointment in order to satisfy requirements of Florida law or compliance with LPF Constitution, Bylaw, or Standing Rules, to avoid disaffiliation, The LPBCF Chair or successor may unilaterally appoint officers required to avoid disaffiliation.

      (1) Each nominee for a vacated position listed in this section shall be offered the        floor for introductions for no more than (2) two minutes.

      (2) Any candidate may choose to yield half of the maximum allotted time to                   another candidate.

       (3) By proxy introductions of candidates shall be limited to (1) one minute.

(F) The LPBCF Executive Committee should be notified by a resigning member of the Executive Committee within seven (7) days of their resignation. If the member does not submit a resignation, their unexcused absence from three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled, or six (6) consecutive special Executive Committee meetings, shall be considered a resignation effective immediately.

(G) Any member elected or appointed to serve on the Executive Committee or other LPBCF committee shall be a Libertarian Party of Florida registered voter.

(H) In the event of crisis necessitating immediate appointment in order to satisfy requirements of Florida law or compliance with LPF Constitution, Bylaw, or Standing Rules, to avoid disaffiliation, The LPBCF Chair or successor may unilaterally appoint officers required to avoid disaffiliation. Such appointments will serve until the next Annual Business Meeting.

(I) In the case of injury or illness, or arrest for a crime that harmed no person or property, or meets the criteria of LPBCF Bylaws, Article II, Section 4, that results in an officer of the LPBCF being unable to fulfill their duties, the Executive Committee may appoint, by majority vote, a temporary officer who will vacate the position when the elected officer is healthy again and can resume duties, makes bond, or is released.

 Section 3

Duties

(A)  The Chair shall be the CEO of the LPBCF, presiding over all meetings of the party, convention, and Executive Committee. The Chairperson is the official spokesperson for the LPBCF, subject to the dictates of the constituted authorities of the Executive Committee and Convention.

(B)  The Vice-Chair shall serve as presiding officer in the absence of the Chair; shall be responsible for the committee work of the LPBCF; shall represent the committees at executive sessions; and shall serve as ex officio member of all committees; have general executive authority over activities, subject to the approval of the Chair.

(C)  The Secretary shall serve as recorder for all meetings of the party, conventions, and Executive Committee. The Secretary shall be the custodian of the minutes of all meetings, correspondence, committee reports, and the Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules, and shall make provision for legal service to the LPBCF. The Secretary of the LPBCF shall be responsible for maintaining party membership records.

(D)  The Treasurer shall be custodian of all funds, receiving and disposing of the funds at the discretion of the Executive Committee and subject to the Standing Rules. The Treasurer may appoint a Deputy Treasurer. If appointed, the Treasurer shall keep the deputy treasurer appraised in all aspects of the position to act in his or her absence or incapacity and may delegate responsibilities thereto. In so much as there is personal liability to the governing bodies, any time the deputy Treasurer acts on behalf of the Treasurer they shall be considered ‘acting treasurer’ and subject to the bookkeeping standards of the organization and state and federal Bureaus that govern the party. The Treasurer must also provide records to party members and the public, in a reasonable amount of time, upon request.

(E)  The City Representatives shall be responsible for informing the Executive Committee about political issues and events in their defined city of residence, communicating and coordinating between the members in their city they represent and the LPBCF, and reporting monthly to the LPBCF Executive Committee. All City Representatives shall include in their written monthly reports to the LPF Executive committee an update on the membership numbers of their city, and provide a status report of all efforts made in the prior month to achieve our political goals.

(F)   The LPBCF Executive Committee shall endeavor to create and maintain a current contact list of experts in fields related to election issues or interest in Libertarian candidates for use as data and advisory sources.

Section 4

Meetings of the Executive Committee

(A)  The powers and duties of the Executive Committee are prescribed by the Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules, and by the direction of the party at the Annual Business Meeting.

(B)  The Executive Committee shall meet as prescribed in the Standing Rules.

(C) A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be two (2) members of the three (3) member Committee, or three (3) members of the four (4) member Committee. A majority of members will be considered quorum once the first City Representative is appointed in addition to the four (4) person set of EC officers.  Notice of all Executive Committee Meetings including location and call-in or webinar information will be sent to members seven (7) days in advance. Notice requirements do not apply to special meetings or email votes.

(D)  The Secretary shall make readily available, on request of any LPF voter residing in Bradford County, all records of the EC including Constitution, Bylaws, Standing Rules, meeting minutes, agendas and financial reports.

(E)  Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the Chair or 2/3 of the EC at any time, provided the purpose of the meeting, time, date and contact information is published on the Facebook page and sent in good faith via email at least 24 hours in advance. Only items listed in the notice for a special meeting shall be acted upon at the special meeting. Members are responsible to keep their email address current and updated on the LPBCF email list for this purpose.

ARTICLE IV Meetings & Conventions, Objects of Action

Section 1

Annual Convention Dates

(A)  The Executive Committee shall set the date(s) of the Convention and Annual Business Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida. 

(B)  The officers of the Party at the time of the commencement of the Annual Business Meeting shall be the officers of the Annual Business Meeting, and shall preside. Officers elected during the Annual Business Meeting shall take office immediately following the close of the Annual Business Meeting in which they were elected. 

Section 2

Agenda

(A)  The Executive Committee shall set the agenda and business of the LPF Annual Business Meetings and conventions.

(B)  The order of business must include the adoption of agenda. EC members or delegates at the Annual Business Meeting meeting may motion to amend the agenda, and if seconded, amendments will be approved by a two-thirds vote.

(C) 30 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting, the Agenda must be ratified by majority vote of the Executive Committee, and be made available to any member upon request.

(1) Effort will be made by the Executive Committee to present an Annual Business Meeting agenda that is well thought out, and make efforts toward an agenda that can satisfy the delegation. Floor motions and amendments are a last resort and not a matter of routine business. They lead to the tabling of good motions and the passing of motions without time to study the issue and consider the ramifications. Thus, the EC shall attempt, if possible, to debate and study the issues prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The Annual Business Meeting should be a unifying and energizing experience that sets the tone for progress and cooperation in the coming year.

(2) Delegate motions to be considered for the Annual Business Meeting will be submitted to the LPBCF EC no later than (60) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. 

Section 3

Delegates

(A)  Delegates shall be members as prescribed in ARTICLE II of the Constitution, and must be a verifiably registered Libertarian Party of Florida voter in the state of Florida 90 days prior to the start of the Annual Business Meeting.

(B)  Credentials: The Secretary of the LPBCF, or his/her authorized representatives, shall be responsible for verifying the membership and voter registration requirements of each delegate.

Section 4

The LPBCF EC may choose by majority vote at the beginning of any regularly scheduled or special meeting, to conduct all or portions of the meeting under the parliamentary authority of Robert’s Rules of Order, as most recently revised, for all matters not covered by the Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules.

Section 5

Finance and Accounting 

(A)  The fiscal year of the LPBCF shall begin on January 1 of each year.

(B)  The Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer.

(C)  The Executive Committee shall cause an efficient system of accounting and budgeting to be installed and maintained, including audit and legal necessities.

(D)  The party checking account must be established to require two signatures per check on all checks in excess of $1500. The Treasurer shall be responsible for signing checks in the normal course of business. There must be, at least, two (2) authorized signatures on the checking account. The signers shall be the Treasurer and Chair of the LPBCF. When a check is issued to a signer, the other authorized signer(s) must sign and/or co-sign this check.

(E)  The Executive Committee shall have the power to delegate the handling of funds.

(F)  It is essential for any growing organization to have good accounting practices. The following items shall be established as requirements for expenditure of Party funds. 

(1) Each Executive Committee member or Committee Chair, requesting reimbursement for expenses, shall submit an expense report each month to the Chair for approval prior to being reimbursed by the Treasurer. Such a report shall list dates, items purchased, reasons, and shall be accompanied by receipts. Reimbursement is not required for purchases not approved by the Executive Committee.

(2) No purchase shall be made or authorized by the LPBCF unless there are sufficient funds to recompense.

(3) No one shall have the authority to contract for goods or services on behalf of the LPBCF without prior approval of the Executive Committee.

(4) It shall be the intent of the LPBCF to conduct its business affairs in a fair and honorable fashion.

ARTICLE V Adoption & Amendments

Section 1

Adoption of the LPBCF Bylaws will be consistent with the adoption of the Constitution.

Section 2

Amendments to the LPBCF Bylaws may be made in the following manner:

(A)  When a proposed amendment is submitted a minimum of (60) days before the Annual Business Meeting, accepted by the Executive Committee for inclusion in the Annual Business Meeting agenda by majority vote, and approved by a majority of the delegates present at the Annual Business Meeting; or 

(B)  When a proposed amendment is presented from the floor at the Annual Business Meeting by a delegate and is approved by a two-thirds vote of the delegates present.


 

 

Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida Standing Rules

ARTICLE I Membership

 

Section 1

The LPBCF shall encourage efforts to provide party registration under state and federal voting laws.

Section 2

(A) Lawful United States citizens who are registered LPF voters, who live in Bradford County, and meet the requirements of the LPBCF Bylaws Article IV, Section 3 (A) and (B), have the privilege as a delegate voting at the Annual Business Meeting.

(B) Lawful United States citizens who are registered LPF voters, and who live in Bradford County, have the right of appointment to committees, the right to attend committee meetings as observers or witnesses, the right to nomination and election to party office.

(C) LPF members who live in other counties, may attend committee meetings as observers or witnesses, with the understanding they are subject to the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the LPBC while inside the boundaries of Bradford County in all matters related to the LPF or LPBCF, and its events, meetings, or activities.

(D) The LPBCF EC reserves the right to eject any person, LPF member, or LPF registered voter from an event, meeting, or activity of the LPBCF, by majority vote of the LPBCF EC.

ARTICLE II Donations

Section 1

Donations should be made to the LPBCF in keeping with the laws governing donations to political parties and candidates. Such funds shall be expended at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

Section 2

The Executive Committee shall have authority to raise and expend funds for purposes relating to party business, in accordance with the party Bylaws, Article IV.

Section 3

The Executive Committee may delegate authority to the Chair to expend funds relating to specific party business by majority vote.

Section 4

(A) The chair of the LPBCF-EC is authorized to spend, at the chair’s sole discretion, up to $250.00 per month without prior approval for any LPBCF business need. The chair shall be required to account and report with proper documentation including at a minimum of receipts all expenditures to the entire LPBCF EC, for all expenses at the first business meeting after such expenditures.

(B) The chair may submit proper documentation for reimbursement to the treasurer for such expenses if the chair makes payments from personal funds. Such reimbursements shall also be reported as any other expense.

(C) In no event shall the chair spend more than $500.00 before a report is made to the LPBCF-EC.

 

ARTICLE III Executive Committee Meetings

Section 1

The Executive Committee shall meet at such time and place as directed by the Chairperson, or at the written request of two-thirds or more of the Executive Committee. Email is considered a written request for the purposes of this section. Conference call and other telephonic or electronic meetings are allowed. Minimum notice of (7) days shall be given, other than special meetings.

Section 2

The Executive Committee may without meeting, conduct business by communication, voting on questions put to them by or with the approval of the chairperson. Such vote shall be kept by the Secretary until the next meeting and then such vote shall be incorporated in the minutes. A majority vote of the committee shall prevail unless it relates to matters requiring other percentages in the LPBCF Constitution, Bylaws, or Standing Rules. If a majority of affirmative votes is not recorded within fifteen (15) days from the LPBCF Chair’s call to order, the question will have failed to pass.

Section 3

Proxy voting shall be allowed, but the Secretary must be informed by written notice. Email is considered a written request for the purposes of this section.

Section 4

Non-attendance of executive committee members shall be handled as described in this section.

  1. A member shall be deemed to be in non-attendance during telephonic meetings if, at a regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting, the member fails to respond during roll call, or having missed roll call, fails to announce his or her presence before the meeting is adjourned.
  2. A members non-attendance may be excused, and thus not counted for purposes of part 1 of this section by declaration of the Chair.
  3. When a member reaches the proscribed terms to be construed as resigned, that resignation shall be accepted only upon successful motion to accept that resignation made by any member of the Executive Committee. Any such resigned member shall be removed from the Executive Committee without prejudice to future appointment or election to the Executive Committee.
  4. The Secretary shall maintain and make available attendance records of all Executive Committee members.
  5. Members are required to announce if they are leaving early during telephonic meetings. Failure to do so will be considered an absence.

Section 5

Upon suspension of an officer of the party or a member of the executive committee, the officer or member may appeal the suspension in writing within 30 days. If no appeal is made by the suspended officer or member, they shall be removed from office upon expiration of the 30-day appeal period. If an appeal is made, the Executive Committee shall review the appeal and vote upon removal at the next regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting. A unanimous vote for will be required to remove the suspended officer or member. Should the vote fail, the suspension will be lifted.

Section 6

Motions and items of discussion and business conducted at meetings of the LPBCF will be introduced by members of the Executive Committee, and will be decided by a majority vote, if not specifically addressed in other portions of the Constitution, Bylaws, or Standing Rules. The Executive Committee has sole discretion over meeting agendas, motions, and items of business in between Annual Business Meetings.

ARTICLE IV Convention Rules

Section 1

A minority report may be made by two members or 10% of the committee on any plank of the platform. There shall be a limit of two minority reports on any one of the items. The highest number of votes shall determine the rank of the reports.

ARTICLE V Statement of Principles, Platform & Policy

Section 1

A supplement party platform for Bradford County may be presented to any annual convention. Submitted platforms are subject to line item adoption, whereby portions may be rejected and other portions adopted. Supplement platforms or platform items will be ratified by 2/3 of the LPBCF EC and 2/3 of the delegates present.

Section 2

The LPBCF may adopt resolutions to present to the Libertarian Party of Florida, or the Libertarian National Committee convention, by majority vote of the LPBCF EC or delegates present at the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 3

The LPBCF reserves the right to adopt its own platform.

Section 4

Members of the LPBCF retain the right to disagree with particular platform planks of the LPF or LNC, or reject candidates with whom they disagree, without fear of sanction by the LPBCF EC. The individual is the smallest minority, and we do not want to discourage participation by those who may disagree with certain items but accept the broad libertarian ideal.

ARTICLE VI Spokesmanship

Section 1

The Chairperson shall have the authority to speak for the LPBCF.

Section 2

Persons other than the Chair speaking for the LPBCF shall have the express approval of the Chairperson or reserve their comments to personal comments.

ARTICLE VII

Proprietary Use of “LPBCF” and “Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida”

Section 1

In recognition of the fact that the label “LPBCF” is frequently used to refer to the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida, the Chair reserves the right as spokesman to moderate or post content. This includes:

  1. Any website, discussion forum, email list server, or other similar entity, including, but not limited to, websites, social media groups or pages, web forums, IRC’s, Yahoo groups and Google groups, etc. (hereinafter “web entities”) that use the labels with Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida or similar nomenclature in the name, likely to appear as official LPBCF entities.
  2. Each web entity shall be owned, when practical, by two current members of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida, one of which shall include the current Chair of the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida, and;
  3. If ownership cannot be practically shared due to the nature of the web entity, the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida shall be a moderator of the web entity.
  4. If the conditions of b. and c. cannot be satisfied, the operator or owner of the web entity shall seek the written authorization of the Chair of the LPBCF,  to create or continue operating said web entity.
  5. If any member operates a web entity that frequently includes discussion that references the LPBCF or could reasonably be mistaken by a member of the general public as authorized communication by the LPBCF, such member should cause to be included within the web entity a disclaimer similar to the following in form and meaning: “The contents of this site (group, etc.) are not authorized or approved by the the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida or any of its officers.”
  6. If disputes arise due to ownership considerations of web entities, whereby the LPBCF did not create or fund the entities, and they were created by former officers,  the LPBCF will give reasonable time considerations to change domain names or page titles, and the owner will put a disclaimer plainly visible on the home page or pinned to the top of a social media page, or other appropriate notice stating:
    “The contents of this site (group, etc.) are not authorized or approved by the the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida or any of its officers.”
  7. The EC may compel the Chair to remove specific content on web entities by a three-fourths vote.

Section 2

The LPF recognizes and respects the rights of others to use the label “LPBCF” to accurately refer to the Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida. The LPBCF also asserts its right to maintain control over any use of the label “Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida”, or “LPBCF” that may cause confusion as to the source and authenticity of any content included in any web entity.

Section 3

The LPBCF, through the Chair, may designate members to serve as owners and moderators of web entities. Said members will serve in such roles at the discretion of the Chair and may be removed from such position at any time by the Chair.

Section 4

(A) The owners of any web entity created at the direction of the LPBCF and/or funded by the LPBCF shall take all reasonable action to preserve the contents and history of any web entity prior to its termination, if created by the LPBCF; or the contents and history of any web entity during the period of funding by the LPBCF,  if it was created by an individual at their own expense prior.

(B) Willful deletion of content of any web entity created by and/or funded by the LPBCF is grounds for suspension.

(C) The LPBCF Facebook Page must be returned to the LPF no later than 120 days after disaffiliation, and ownership rights to content created during the affiliation period are retained by the Chair(s) for the period of the time they held office, and rights to use the content and republish it are retained by EC members for the period of the time they held office, respectively, in the LPBCF during the time of affiliation.

Section 5

All archives, document stores, electronic data, etc. that were created by, at the direction of, or funded by the LPBCF, remain its property. Such archive or web entity should be owned and operated as directed in 1. However, the LPBCF expressly acknowledges the right of any person to compile and publish public information, so long as the compilation or publication cannot be reasonably mistaken as action taken by or authorized by the LPBCF. In addition, content creators on party web entities retain perpetual rights to re-publish their work on other platforms, excluding the contents of party proprietary voter and member data, specific campaign strategies, or other confidential information.

ARTICLE VIII Annual Convention Agenda

Section 1

The Executive Committee shall manage all conventions.

Section 2

Any delegate may request the Executive Committee to include on the agenda for the Annual Business Meeting. Such request shall be in writing to the Secretary sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 3

The LPBCF Executive Committee will hold a majority vote to approve items submitted by members prior to sixty days and include approved items in the Annual Business Meeting agenda, to be published no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Items submitted in this manner must be moved and seconded as any other at the appropriate time in the agenda.

Section 4

The agenda must include all items required by the Bylaws and Standing Rules.

ARTICLE IX Special Meetings

Special meetings of the LPBCF may be called by 2/3 of the Executive Committee, or by the Chair.

ARTICLE X Annual Business Meeting Delegates & Procedures

Section 1

Motions to be offered in the business meetings by delegates that were not included in the agenda should be reduced to writing, signed by the maker, and filed with the Secretary no later than 1 hour prior to the call to order on the day of the Annual Business Meeting. They will be considered after all other business is conducted, time permitting. They are to be considered a last resort, and the standard practice should be to submit in time to be reviewed, debated, implications considered, and consensus reached to discourage division. This process is retained to give delegates a check and balance in the event the EC does not approve properly submitted agenda items

Section 2

The Annual Meeting Minutes (after approval by the Executive Committee) as well as any Committee reports to the Annual Meeting, including amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, shall be made accessible to the membership in a digital format no more than sixty (60) days following the Annual Business Meeting.

ARTICLE XI Political Candidates

Section 1

The Libertarian Party of Bradford County Florida may provide campaign support, and conduct campaign activities only for Libertarian Candidates. Decisions to support candidates will be made by the LPBCF Executive Committee, independent and irrespective of the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee.

Section 2

(A) The Executive Committee is not responsible for approving candidates who run for public office. Candidates may run as Libertarians regardless of any decisions made by the LPBCF, or its Executive Committee. As such, any lawful candidate registered with the Florida Division of Elections, or their counterpart in another state, shall be considered a Libertarian Candidate.

(B) Officers of the LPBCF may practice free speech as individuals, on non-party websites, print, video, radio, or other forms of media, without fear of reprisal, unless there is specific and direct call to violent action on particular individuals or properties.

Section 3
Libertarian Candidates are eligible to receive campaign support from the LPBCF in accordance with applicable Florida and Federal law, and strictly at the discretion of the Executive Committee of the LPBCF in accordance with the Bylaws and Standing Rules.

ARTICLE XII Amendments To the Standing Rules

Section 1

Adoption of the Standing Rules will be consistent with the adoption of the Constitution.

Section 2

The Standing Rules may be changed at the Annual Business Meeting in accordance with Article VIII of the Standing Rules by a two-thirds vote of the general membership.

 

ARTICLE XIII Transparency and Accountability

Section 1

The LPBCF shall endeavor to honor all reasonable requests to make its electronic communications and financial information, meeting minutes, and other records of its business activities available to all LPF registered voters in Bradford County.