GREEN PARTY OF SAINT PAUL AND THE MINNESOTA FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BYLAWS
Adopted December 13, 2003. Amended May 15, 2004; April 2, 2005; April 1, 2006; May 6, 2006; July 1, 2012; February 16, 2017; September 6, 2017.
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of the organization shall be The Green Party of Saint Paul and the Minnesota Fourth Congressional District.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The Green Party of Saint Paul and the Minnesota Fourth Congressional District (hereinafter “Green Party of St. Paul”) is organized to field political candidates, and to organize people to create good public policy. Our candidates and local party actions will conform to the four coequal principles of the international Green Party: Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Social and Economic Justice, and Nonviolence.
ARTICLE III – VOTING STANDARDS
Section 1. At General Membership Meetings, the right to participate in the decision making process shall be extended to all members as described in Article IV. A quorum, as described in Article VII Section 2(d), must be present in order to take action.
Section 2. Unless otherwise specified by these bylaws, official decisions shall be made by achieving consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, an official decision can be approved by a 2/3 majority of members attending the meeting where the decision is being made.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in the Green Party of St. Paul is free. There are no membership dues. The requirements for membership are that a person:
a. is a resident of the City of St. Paul or the Fourth U.S. Congressional District of Minnesota, and
b. shares the Green Party’s values, and
c. attends at least three meetings of the Green Party of St. Paul, one of which may be a state Green Party caucus or general membership meeting (voting may occur at the third meeting that qualifies).
d. is not disqualified for membership in the Green Party of Minnesota.
a. A member may be expelled at a General Membership Meeting.
b. All members, including the member proposed for expulsion, must be notified at least 7 days before the meeting where the issue of member expulsion shall be raised.
c. There must be a quorum present at a meeting to expel. A quorum is described in Article VII, Section 2.d.
d. Membership shall be so forfeited by any member who acts in a manner in opposition to explicit principles and values of the Green Party.
e. Shall there be any question regarding membership qualifications of an individual, the Coordinating Committee will meet and make a recommendation about the individual's membership.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
All officers will be elected at a General Membership Meeting by a pre-approved voting method. If a vacancy is created mid-term, a special election shall be held to elect a new officer to serve out the remainder of the term.
The Green Party of St. Paul shall elect two co-chairs. Each co-chair shall serve a term of two years. No co-chair shall serve more than two consecutive terms. The election of one of the two co-chairs shall take place in January of each even-numbered year, or as soon thereafter as possible, and the election of the other co-chair shall take place in January of each oddnumbered year, or as soon thereafter as possible.The duties of the co-chairs shall include conducting each General Membership meeting, and arranging a substitute to lead the meeting as necessary.
An election for Spokesperson shall be held in January of each odd-numbered year, or as soon thereafter as possible. Spokespersons will serve a term of two years. The Spokesperson shall be the official contact with the news media.
The Secretary will serve a term of two years. An election for Secretary shall be held in January of each even numbered year, or as soon thereafter as possible. The Secretary shall take minutes at all General Membership meetings or arrange for another person to take minutes.
The Treasurer will serve a term of two years. An election for Treasurer shall be held in January of each even-numbered year, or as soon thereafter as possible. The Treasurer shall maintain the Green Party of St. Paul bank accounts, file all required financial and campaign reports with government entities, and report on the status of the treasury at each General Membership Meeting.
ARTICLE VI – COORDINATING COMMITTEE
Section 1. The Coordinating Committee shall exercise a general oversight function. The Coordinating Committee shall oversee the implementation of programs, campaigns, and projects which advance the goals of the Green Party.
Section 2. The Coordinating Committee shall have a minimum of five (5) members and a maximum of nine (9) members. The Co-chairs described in Article V(B) will belong to the Coordinating Committee, as will the Spokesperson described in Article V(C). The Coordinating Committee may include the Secretary and Treasurer if those officers choose to serve as Coordinating Committee members.
Section 3. In addition, At-Large Members shall be elected at a General Membership Meeting. Election for At-Large Members of the Coordinating Committee shall be held in January of each even-numbered year, or as soon thereafter as possible.
Section 4. The term of office for At-Large Members shall be for two years.
Section 5. Eligibility to serve on the Coordinating Committee shall be open to any member of the Green Party of St. Paul. Coordinating Committee members shall not be members of any other political party.
Section 6. The Coordinating Committee shall meet as often as necessary.
Section 7. Three members of the Coordinating Committee shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Coordinating Committee.
Section 8. Members of the Coordinating Committee may be removed for cause at a General Membership Meeting.
Section 9. When Coordinating Committee members meet outside of a General Membership Meeting, they will report on their activities at the next General Membership Meeting.
Section 10. All Coordinating Committee Meetings shall be open to all members of the Green Party of St. Paul and to invited guests.
Section 11. Coordinating Committee officers of the 4th CD Green Party shall not use their title or Party funds to endorse a candidate for office other than one endorsed by the Party, and shall not publicly support a candidate running against an endorsed Green; this does not apply to a suggestion of a second choice candidate in the setting of a Rank Choice Voting (RCV) race. Any office who violates this principle shall forfeit their office in the Party.
ARTICLE VII – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Section 1. Minutes shall be taken as necessary at General Membership Meetings of the Green Party of St. Paul and will be available to membership.
Section 2. General Membership Meetings
a. General Membership Meetings will be held at least quarterly
b. All General Membership Meetings are open to the public.
c. Only Green Party of St. Paul members can vote or participate in decision making at the meetings. Membership is described in Article IV. The membership list will be maintained and regulated accordingly by the co-chairs. At all General Membership meetings, final arbitration of membership status will fall to the co-chairs.
d. A quorum must be present to make any decisions at a General Membership Meeting. A quorum will be a number of members equal to one-half (1/2) of the average attendance at the last three General Membership Meetings.
ARTICLE VIII – FISCAL POLICY
Section 1. The Green Party of St. Paul shall accept contributions from individuals.
Section 2. The Green Party of St. Paul and its endorsed candidates shall not accept contributions from for-profit or nonprofit corporations or from political action committees.
Section 3. The Green Party of St. Paul may accept contributions from the Green Party of Minnesota. The Green Party of St. Paul may also accept contributions from Green Party candidate committees, within the limit of local, state, and federal campaign finance regulations.
ARTICLE IX – CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT
a. The Green Party of St. Paul shall adopt a standard Candidate's Questionnaire to be answered by all candidates for elected office seeking endorsement by the Green Party of St. Paul.
b. No part of Article IX shall be construed to prohibit the development and use of additional questionnaires, such as one containing questions specific to the office being sought by the candidate. All candidates seeking endorsement for the same specific office shall complete the same questionnaires.
Section 2. The Candidate's responses shall be made available to all members of the Green Party of St. Paul no less than 7 days prior to the endorsing meeting.
Section 3. Endorsement of candidates will happen at a general membership meeting either called for that purpose or as an agenda item at an already scheduled General Membership Meeting. Endorsements will follow the Voting Standards outlined in Article 3.
Section 4. All candidates seeking endorsement by the Green Party of St. Paul must be present in person at the endorsing meeting, and shall be available at that time to respond to additional questions posed by members.
Section 5. The Green Party of Saint Paul will not endorse more candidates for political office than there are seats available for that political office.
ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended after an official decision at a General Membership Meeting. Proposed amendments must be made available to members 7 days prior to the meeting.
Section 2. Amendments to the bylaws shall take effect upon approval by the membership unless otherwise provided.
ARTICLE XI – SUSPENSION OF BYLAWS
Section 1. These bylaws may be suspended upon approval by a 5/6 majority vote of members present at a General Membership Meeting.
Section 2. Members wishing to suspend the bylaws shall specify the purpose of the suspension of the bylaws.
Section 3. If approved, the suspension of the bylaws must be limited in scope and duration to the stated purpose of the suspension.
ARTICLE XII – GRIEVANCE PROCESS
Section 1. A member of the Green Party of St. Paul who has a grievance with another Green Party member should first attempt to resolve their issue with the Green Party of St. Paul Coordinating Committee (CC). If the conflict involves a CC member, that member would recuse themselves.
Section 2. A Green may notify a CC member, or have another Green notify a CC member on their behalf, of a grievance. With 48 hours of the notification of a grievance, the CC member will contact the person(s) involved in the grievance and other CC members to schedule a meeting as soon as possible to resolve the grievance. CC members are responsible for gathering facts pertaining to the grievance.
Section 3. The CC will consult neutral, impartial experts if expertise on an issue is needed to gather facts.
Section 4. After the facts have been gathered on the grievance issue, the CC will meet with both parties at the scheduled time to communicate the facts they have gathered, and to formulate a solution.