MISSOURI GREEN PARTY
BY-LAWS (as amended May 18, 2016)
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this political party shall be the Missouri Green Party (MOGP).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSES
The purposes of the Missouri Green Party are to educate the general public concerning environmental issues confronting the United States and to promote understanding of the following Ten Key values:
- Ecological Wisdom
- Grassroots Democracy
- Social Justice
- Community Based Economics
- Respect for Diversity
- Personal and Global Responsibility
- Future Focus on Sustainability
These objectives may include educational and administrative functions as well as other such activities, including, but not limited to electoral political action, as may be necessary and proper to accomplish these purposes.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
1. Individual membership shall be open to all persons who reside in the State of Missouri and who agree with the general principles of the MOGP as outlined in Article II.
2. Membership allows participation in MOGP meetings.
ARTICLE IV – FEES, DUES AND REVENUE SHARING
Individual members shall be required to pay dues of $20 to the party each calendar year, except those who pay dues to an affiliated local Green organization which sends $5 of those dues to the party each calendar year. The Missouri Green Party will participate in the integrated dues structure of the Greens/Green Party USA. The Missouri Green Party seeks membership in the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) and, if accepted, will support the GPUS Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees.
ARTICLE V – DECISION PROCESSES
The MOGP will strive to reach consensus of members in attendance for all of its decisions. If this fails, any decision will be taken to a vote requiring a majority of members in attendance at a MOGP meeting to decide.
ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERSHIP
1. MOGP meetings constitute its fundamental decision-making body. There shall be not less than one MOGP meeting in every calendar year. Members in attendance are responsible for decisions such as approval of budget, setting dues, advising on selections of committeewomen and committeemen, electing officers, approving minutes and putting forth candidates, unless a higher percentage of the vote is required by another portion of these bylaws.
2. Election of party officers shall be made at the Annual Convention, which shall be the first MOGP meeting in each calendar year. Vacancies may be filled at other MOGP meetings or temporarily filled by other CC members between MOGP meetings.
3. Minutes shall be recorded and posted publicly as the meeting is in progress. At the end of the meeting, the recorder shall be responsible for transcribing this information and giving the minutes to the secretary to disseminate to the membership.
4. During such time as the party is an “established political party” within the meaning of Section 115.317 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, its candidates shall be nominated pursuant to the procedures set forth in Sections 115.339-.405, inclusive, of said statutes. At all other times, candidates for office shall be nominated at a MOGP meeting or at a convention specially called for the purpose, following the rules for a MOGP meeting. Any party member may nominate a candidate in person or in writing or by electronic mail received by the secretary. Candidates shall be chosen by a majority vote of members voting or, if there are more than two nominees for an office, by instant runoff voting.
ARTICLE VII – COORDINATING COMMITTEE
1. The Coordinating Committee consists of Local Chapter Representatives (voting members of the Coordinating Committee who participate in a committee chaired by an officer) and the chairperson, treasurer, secretary and outreach coordinator of the Missouri Green Party.
2. Each local chapter shall select one chapter representative to the coordinating committee. The chapter representative shall notify his or her local chapter of the Coordinating Committee’s meetings.
3. A local chapter is a group of five or more members in good standing of the MO Green Party who reside within the same congressional district. If multiple chapters in a congressional district exist, each will be represented on the Coordinating committee according to their proportion of members.
4. A Missouri Green Party chapter representative is a member of the party chosen by the chapter to communicate and represent the chapter’s concerns, assistance and decisions as a member the of Missouri Green Party Coordinating Committee, and to conduct the business of the Coordinating Committee.
5. Missouri Green Party members can belong to only one chapter at a time. Nothing in this section is intended to be in violation of any statutes calling for party governance by a state committee selected by state senate districts. Upon the Green Party achieving ballot status, the Coordinating Committee shall have the power to adopt any changes in these bylaws necessary to comply with state law.
6. The duties of the Coordinating Committee are as follows:
A. Provide continuity between statewide meetings.
B. Propose budgets to be adopted or modified at the Annual Convention and approve emergency expenditures.
C. Disseminate information to members of their respective local chapters and constituencies.
D. Make emergency decisions subject to review at the next MOGP meeting.
E. Establish a regular meeting schedule.
F. Review applications for new local chapters and recommend approval or rejection to the next MOGP meeting.
ARTICLE VIII – OFFICERS
1. CHAIRPERSON. The Chairperson will have the following duties:
A. Nominate a facilitator for MOGP meetings.
B. Between MOGP meetings, maintain communication with other Coordinating Committee members by phone, e-mail, or in person.
C. Chair an ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, which will (a) prepare draft agendas for MOGP meetings, (b) propose needed Task Groups, and (c) help Task Groups coordinate their work.
D. Have concurrent authority with the Treasurer to make deposits to and sign on party checking accounts, and to sign and file the party’s campaign finance disclosure report.
2. TREASURER. The Treasurer shall perform the following duties:
A. Receive and deposit all receipts belonging to the party, expend party funds and report such receipts and disbursements to the Coordinating Committee and MOGP meetings at least quarterly.
B. Interpret, prepare and file campaign finance reports and be responsible for keeping the party within legal limits.
C. Maintain books and records according to reasonably acceptable accounting practices.
D. Maintain a list of dues-paid members, bring the list to MOGP meetings, and send members renewal notices.
E. Chair a FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE which develops ideas for raising money for the MOGP and assists the treasurer in her/his duties.
3. SECRETARY. The Secretary shall perform the following duties:
A. Notify all officers, Local Chapter Representatives, and members who are not in chapters concerning MOGP meetings at least one month in advance and send them the agenda proposed by the Organizing Committee at least a week in advance of the meeting.
B. Maintain minutes of MOGP meetings and distribute them to all officers, Local Chapter Representatives, and members who are not in chapters of MOGP.
C. Maintain minutes of Coordinating Committee meetings and conference calls and distribute them to all officers, Local Chapter Representatives, and members who are not in chapters of MOGP.
D. Maintain the records of the Missouri Green Party, functioning as the party archivist.
E. Chair a CORRESPONDING COMMITTEE which assists in archiving records and performing other duties.
4. OUTREACH COORDINATOR. The Outreach Coordinator shall perform the following duties:
A. Organize local area meetings to discuss formation of chapters.
B. Devise a budget for the Outreach Coordinator’s annual expenses and present it to the Coordinating Committee for inclusion the annual budget of the party.
C. Coordinate party-building and coalition activities.
D. Chair an OUTREACH COMMITTEE which shall report to the Coordinating Committee and MOGP meetings concerning environmental and social justice groups which are potential allies of the MOGP, make recommendations for joint undertakings with these groups, suggest groups which could be invited to make presentations at MOGP meetings and seek opportunities for MOGP representatives to address other groups.
ARTICLE IX – TASK GROUPS
Task groups will form as needed to perform specific functions within the party. Task groups will be authorized at MOGP meetings to carry out tasks agreed to at the meeting. Task groups may be authorized by the Coordinating Committee on an interim basis until the next MOGP meeting, at which time they will be validated. All task groups expire at the conclusion of the Annual Convention unless re-validated at such meeting.
ARTICLE X – AMENDMENT
These bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 majority at a MOGP meeting.
ARTICLE XI – EXPULSION OF PARTY MEMBERS
Expulsion of members is extremely discouraged.
Expulsion may only occur as follows: if a member is found guilty of gross misconduct at one meeting by ¾ vote; and if the finding is confirmed by a ¾ vote of the subsequent meeting the member shall be expelled.
The member subject to expulsion shall be given an opportunity to be heard before the entire MOGP meeting prior to any vote of expulsion.
ARTICLE XII – DELEGATES TO NATIONAL CONVENTIONS
Delegates to the National Convention shall be chosen by consensus and if no consensus can be reached then by a majority vote of the MOGP meeting.
The foregoing bylaws were adopted at the meeting held on May 7, 2000 and amended on June 11, 2000 and April 1, 2001 at the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 763 Union Hall, 2111 Burlington Ave, Columbia, Mo. and January 6, 2002 at Room 110, Memorial Union, Univ of MO at Columbia and March 16, 2016 and May 18, 2016 at the Community Arts and Movement Project, 3026 Cherokee, St. Louis.