JCD Bylaws – 9 November 2017

BYLAWS

JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS

and

CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Adopted December 8, 2012

Amended February 23, 2016

Amended August 14 & November 9, 2017

ARTICLE I Name, Formation, & Affiliation

A        The name of this organization is the Jefferson County Democrats and Central Committee, hereinafter called, “The Jefferson County Democrats” (JCD).

B        Formation of the JCD is governed by Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 29A.80, Political Parties, included herein as Appendix A.

C        The JCD is affiliated with the Washington State Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee through its elected delegates: the JCD Chair and Vice-Chair, the State Committeewoman and State Committeeman.

ARTICLE II Purposes

A         Elect to national, state, county and other offices Democratic candidates who embody, support and promote the platform of the Jefferson County Democrats, and to support them while in office as they act to improve the well-being of the citizens of Jefferson County.

B        Adopt and promote the platform of the Jefferson County Democratic Party to serve as the standard for elected Democratic officials and as goals for the citizens of Jefferson County. (typo)

C        Endorse and/or support organizations and activities that reflect the Platform of the Jefferson County Democrats and that improve the welfare of Jefferson County, its people, and its natural environment.         

D         Administer the party organization in accordance with the National and State Party Charters and in a manner that will facilitate achievement of party goals at all levels of government.

E        Encourage and support voter registration, fair campaign practices, and high ethical standards for all publicly elected officials and Democratic Party representatives.

F         Raise and disburse monies for continuing operation of the JCD and for the purposes set forth in this Article.

G         Establish standards and rules of procedure to afford all members of the JCD full, timely and equal opportunities to participate in decisions concerning the selection of candidates, the formulation of policy and the conduct of other Democratic Party affairs without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, economic status or ethnic origin.

ARTICLE III Policies

A         The policies of this organization shall be developed by the Executive Board consistent with Article II, Purposes, and brought to the membership for approval.

B         Use of Democratic Party Name and Authority. The name of this organization or the names of its officers in their official capacities shall be used only:

1.         In support of the principles and policies contained in the adopted County,

State and National Democratic Party platforms.

2.        In support of only those candidates endorsed by the JCD.

3.         In support of policies and/or positions duly approved by the JCD and

consistent with Article II.

C         The JCD is the sole executor of the policies and guidelines that it formulates for the good and the welfare of the Democratic Party in Jefferson County.

D         JCD is the sole and legal custodian in Jefferson County of the Democratic logo and political designations “Democrat,” “Democratic Party,” “JCD,” and Democratic Central Committee.

ARTICLE IV Membership in the JCD

         Membership in the JCD shall consist of:

1.         Those persons who are certified by the County Auditor in accordance with

State Code as duly elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) in Jefferson County hereinafter called “Elected PCOs.”

2.         Duly qualified, resident appointed PCOs who are appointed by the Chair in

precincts that have no elected PCO, hereinafter called “Appointed PCOs.”

3.         Non-resident appointed PCOs who are appointed by the Chair and

approved by the JCD Executive Board for the purposes of carrying out PCO responsibilities in precincts that have no PCO and to serve only until a resident PCO is elected or appointed, also called “Acting PCOs.”

4.         Elected Democratic officials representing Jefferson County.

5.         General Members Any registered voter in Jefferson County who declares to be a Democrat, has paid up membership dues and agrees to have their name published as a Democrat. supporting the purpose of the JCD as outlined in Article II and who have paid membership dues within the last twelve months (clarify that members be resident Democrats)

ARTICLE V Meetings

A         Meetings of the JCD shall be scheduled at the discretion of the Executive Board. Notice of meetings, including the date, time, location and any major agenda items shall be provided on the JCD website and through the electronic newsletter at least seven days in advance. If a shorter notice period is necessary, the meeting shall include only one business item. Meetings shall be open to the public.

B         Ten percent (10%) of the membership of the previous month, or 50 members, whichever is greater, members shall constitute a quorum. except that, An action requiring PCO status to vote shall require fifty percent (50%)  twenty-five percent (25%), but no less than 6, of the elected/appointed PCOs. (Corrections previously voted on and approved Dec 4 2017 and not incorporated into the bylaws)

C         Robert’s Rules of Order (newly revised), most recent edition shall be used to conduct all meetings.

D         The following agenda may be used to schedule business at all JCD meetings:

1. Call to order by the Chair

2. Establishment of additional agenda items

3. Approval of previous meeting’s minutes

4. Chair’s Report

5. Treasurer’s Report

6. Committee Reports

7. Old Business

8. New Business

9. General Discussion

10. Adjournment

E        Special meetings of the JCD may be called by the Chair or by an officer and two JCD members. The Chair shall call a special meeting of the JCD upon receipt of a petition signed by no fewer than 10 30 members of the JCD. The parties calling for a meeting shall specify the purpose of the meeting or the agenda item or items to be considered. Such meetings may not be called for the purpose of considering endorsements. Seven days advance notice of such meetings, including the date, time, location and any major agenda items shall be provided on the JCD website and through the electronic newsletter. (Corrections previously voted on and approved Dec 4 2017 and not incorporated into the bylaws)

F        Differences of opinion shall be respected in the deliberations and decisions of the JCD.

G         Resolutions, defined as a statement of an official position, preference or recommendation intended to be transmitted to other parties and/or published, may be submitted in accordance with the Rules for Consideration and Adoption of Resolutions by the Jefferson County Democrats, adopted January 2012, and as they may be revised. Such Rules shall be posted on the JCD web-site.

1.        A resolution may be passed at a meeting of the JCD by a simple majority of members present, provided it has been introduced and read at a previous meeting of the JCD.

2.         A resolution may also be passed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of members present at the JCD meeting at which it was introduced and given notice. (having notice is good)

H        Resolutions may also be submitted in accordance with the adopted rules of local Caucus and Convention for submission to the State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) for consideration at its convention.

I        No proxy or absentee votes shall be recognized.

ARTICLE VI Powers and Duties of the JCD

A        The JCD shall conduct all necessary business of the Democratic Party in Jefferson County, raise and disburse funds in the name of the Democratic Party and promote the elections of Democrats to public office.

B        All members of the JCD are entitled to vote on all matters except as specifically provided otherwise in these bylaws or by statute.

ARTICLE VII JCD Officers

A        The officers shall include the Chair, Vice-Chair, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, State Committeeman and State Committeewoman.

B        Any JCD member residing in Jefferson County shall be eligible to hold any JCD office. The Chair and Vice-Chair must be of opposite sex as required by law as set forth in RCW 29A.80.030 (see Appendix A).

C        Officers shall be elected at the Biennial Reorganization meeting following an even-year general election for two-year terms, as described below in Article XIV. A majority of the officers so elected shall have been members in good standing for at least one year.

D        Vacancies in the offices of Recording Secretary or Treasurer shall be filled by election at the next meeting of the membership following creation of the vacancy. Vacancies in the offices of Chair, Vice Chair and State Committee members shall be filled by election at a special meeting of elected PCOs and PCOs appointed after the biennial reorganization meeting.

E  Resignation or Removal of an officer:

  1. Any officer may resign from office by submitting a written resignation, which shall become effective upon receipt by the JCD Chair and Recording Secretary. acceptance by the Executive Board.  (Corrections previously voted on Dec 4, 2017 and not incorporated into the bylwas)
  2. The Chair may declare an officer position vacant if its incumbent has been absent from three (3) Executive Board or JCD meetings within a twelvemonth period without notifying the Chair or the Recording Secretary prior to the meeting.
  3. Any officer may be removed from office for failure to discharge the duties of the office. Officers elected by the PCOs Central Committee can only be removed by the PCOs Central Committee. Officers elected by members can be removed by members. (state party bylaws say "precinct committee officers....shall vote for county chair, etc." Not Central Committee)
  4. The charges for removal must be in writing. Charges for removal of Chair, Vice-Chair, and state Central Committee representatives Central Committee officers must be signed by at least six elected or appointed PCOs. Charges for removal of other officers must be signed by at least 25 current JCD members. Signed charges must be presented to the Recording Secretary for distribution to the Executive Board and inclusion in the agenda for the next Central Committee or JCD membership meeting. , as appropriate.  (We are one organization made up of PCOs & general members who elected our officers and other members of our executive board.)
  5. The officer so charged, the Central Committee, and the membership of the JCD must receive notice of the charges as least two weeks prior to the meeting at which the charges are to be addressed.
  6. The officer charged must have the opportunity to address the membership of the Central Committee or the JCD, whichever is voting, during the meeting that addresses the charges and prior to any removal vote being taken.
  7. The officer is immediately removed from office if two-thirds of the PCOs Central Committee present and voting or two-thirds of the JCD members present and voting cast ballots in favor of removal. If an officer is removed, the election of the replacement officer may take place at the same meeting that causes removal, or at the next meeting of the central Committee or JCD membership, as appropriate.

ARTICLE VIII JCD Officers – Duties

A        The Chair shall prepare a written agenda for each Executive Board and JCD meeting and conduct all meetings of the JCD. As its chief executive, the Chair shall carry out the mandates of the JCD as formulated by the Executive Board or the membership at any regular or special meeting. Specifically, the Chair

1.         shall make appointments to fill vacant Precinct Committee Officer positions in consultation with the County Commissioner District Representatives.

2.         shall appoint a permanent parliamentarian to serve at JCD meetings and

conventions.

3.         shall appoint Chairs of standing committees and is empowered to create ad hoc committees as deemed necessary to the business of the JCD, e.g., GOTV, Platform, Resolutions, Bylaws, etc. Ad hoc committees shall report their activities and seek any necessary approvals through the standing committee in charge of their activities. (Bylaws committee is like any other committee)

4.         shall appoint a JCD member as Elections Liaison to the County Auditor’s

Office subject to the approval of the Executive Board (see Article XIV).

5.         may appoint a coordinator to direct a Legislative Issues network, to serve at the discretion of the Chair.

6.         shall attend the quarterly meetings of the WSDCC and, with the assistance of the State Democratic Party Committeeman and Committeewoman, keep the JCD members informed of all pertinent Democratic Party activities.

7.         shall convene caucuses and conventions in accordance with the rules of the WSDCC, relevant excerpts of which are included herein as Appendix B.

B        The Vice-Chair shall assist the Chair in carrying out the duties of the Chair. If the Chair is unable to carry out assigned duties, for whatever reason, the Vice-Chair shall assume those duties. The Vice-Chair shall attend the quarterly meetings of the WSDCC.

C        The Recording Secretary shall keep a permanent and accurate record of all official business transacted by the JCD and Executive Board, recording verbatim all motions, and including the Treasurer’s report and a copy of the monthly C-4 report to the Public Disclosure Commission. The Recording Secretary shall provide a copy of the previous month’s minutes of JCD and Executive Board meetings to the Executive Board at least 48 hours prior to the next regularly scheduled Executive Board meeting. The Recording Secretary shall have available copies of the minutes from the previous JCD meeting at each meeting of the JCD. The Recording Secretary shall keep a copy of the current bylaws. In the event that both the Chair and the Vice-Chair are absent from a meeting of the JCD or the Executive Board, the Recording Secretary shall become the temporary Chair and appoint another member to take minutes.

D        The Treasurer shall administer all funds of the JCD and be responsible for their receipt, accounting and reporting as required by law, with specific reference to the timely and accurate submission of reports to the Public Disclosure Commission of the State of Washington. The Treasurer shall prepare a monthly report of the previous month’s income, disbursements and balance for the Executive Board meeting and the meeting of the membership. The report to the Executive board shall include a copy of the month’s C-4 report to the Public Disclosure Commission. With the Finance Committee, the Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget for review and approval by the JCD Executive Board at its January meeting. This budget shall be presented to the JCD membership for approval at its January meeting. The Chair or the Executive Board may direct the Treasurer to disburse specific funds subject to the bylaws of the JCD, availability of funds and the regulations that govern the use of campaign funds. The Chair may appoint a Deputy Treasurer, subject to approval by the Executive Board.

E        The State Committee-people woman and State Committeeman shall attend all meetings of the WSDCC, serve on State committees as directed by the WSDCC, and represent and vote on behalf of the JCD as a member of the State Democratic Central Committee. To inform the JCD and the Executive Board of actions by the Washington State Democratic Party, they shall provide a brief written summary report for inclusion in JCD Executive Board and membership meeting minutes.

ARTICLE IX Executive Board

A        The Executive Board of the JCD shall include the elected officers of the JCD; the Chairs of all standing committees; and the County Commissioner District Representatives.

B        The term of office for all Executive Board positions shall be two years, ending at the beginning of the Biennial Reorganization meeting.

C        Meetings of the Executive Board shall be at the discretion of the Chair, except that the Chair shall call a meeting of the Executive Board upon request of nine (9) Executive Board members or any thirty (30) an officer and two (2) Executive Board members or any five (5) JCD members, with notice given to all Board members at least 48 hours prior to meeting. (Corrections previously voted on and approved Dec 4 2017 and not incorporated into the bylaws)

D        Duties and responsibilities of the Executive Board:

1.         Formulate policy for presentation to the JCD;

2.         Provide direction to the JCD in its activities and functions;

3.         Act as a liaison to other community organizations whose goals are

compatible with those of the JCD;

4.         Advise the Chair on the formation of such ad hoc committees and task forces as are necessary or desirable to conduct the business of the JCD;

5.         Advise and assist the officers of the JCD in their assigned duties;

6.         Recommend to the JCD to endorse, not endorse, or approve candidates for public office, to endorse or not endorse ballot measures, and to endorse and/or support organizations and activities that reflect the platform of the JCD;

7.         Provide direct oversight of fiscal matters on behalf of the JCD;

8.         Establish the JCD membership dues.

9.         Approve the annual budget for submission to the JCD membership for

approval at the January meeting

10.         Under the leadership of its elected Chair and according to state party rules, carry out political responsibility for the caucuses and conventions convened in even-numbered years for the purposes of platform development, the development of resolutions and other such activities as the selection of delegates to the congressional district caucus and the State Convention.

ARTICLE X County Commissioner District Representatives

A        Two County Commissioner District Representatives, of different genders a male and a female, from each Commissioner District shall be elected to the Executive Board at the Reorganization meeting as described below in Article XIV. The Chair may declare such a positions vacant if the incumbent has been absent from three (3) JCD or Executive Board meetings within a twelve-month period without notifying the Chair and or the Recording Secretary prior to the meeting. Vacancies shall be filled by the Chair and approved by the members from that district to serve until the next Biennial Reorganization. (approved by or we could have an election by District members. They are originally elected by members)

B        District Representatives shall recruit and shall assist in the activities of PCOs in their Commissioner Districts.

ARTICLE XI Standing Committees

A        The Standing Committees of the JCD are Operations, Finance, Political Action, Membership, Elections, and Communications/Public Relations.

B        The Chairs of the Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Chair, approved by the Executive Board, and serve at the discretion of the Chair.

C        The Chair of each Standing Committee shall be a member of the Executive Board, either prior to being appointed as Committee Chair or by virtue of that appointment.

ARTICLE XII Precinct Committee Officers – Official Status

A        Appointed PCOs hold all the rights and responsibilities of elected PCOs except that only Elected PCOs may vote at the biennial reorganization meeting to elect the Chair, Vice Chair, State Committeeman, State Committeewoman.

B        Vacancies which occur in the office by reason of death, resignation, permanent change of residence, change of voter registration, or recall shall be filled by appointment by of the Chair. (RCW 29A.80.31) (typo)

C        Acting PCOs are PCOs who don’t live in the precinct that they are appointed to and do not have PCO voting rights.

ARTICLE XIII Precinct Committee Officers – Responsibilities

A        Elected PCOs shall elect the Chair, Vice Chair, State Committeewoman, and State Committeeman at the Biennial Reorganization meeting. Whenever vacancies in those offices occur, elected and appointed PCOs shall elect new officers.

B        PCOs, both elected and appointed, shall may nominate candidates for election to partisan county offices and legislative offices prior to elections, in accordance with WSDCC rules, relevant excerpts of which are included herein as Appendix B, and shall select nominees when vacancies in those offices occur. (more closely follows state party rules and RCW)

C        Only elected and appointed PCOs shall vote on adoption or amendment of the bylaws.

D        PCOs shall obtain a list of registered voters in their respective precincts through JCD records and make an effort to identify and contact by whatever means practical (e.g., visit, phone, mail and/or electronic communication), those voters likely to support Democratic candidates, programs and propositions.

E        PCOs shall use all available resources to keep themselves informed of current political issues in Jefferson County and at the state and national levels of government, including the current Democratic Party platforms of all levels of the Party.

F        PCOs shall participate actively in voter registration efforts and in raising funds for support of the Democratic Party and its candidates.

G        PCOs shall attend JCD membership meetings.

H        PCOs shall conduct their Biennial Precinct caucuses in accordance with the rules and regulations of the WSDCC.

I        PCOs shall canvas individual precincts to get-out-the-Democratic-vote (GOTV).

ARTICLE XIV Biennial Reorganization Meeting

A        The Biennial Reorganization Meeting of the JCD shall be held no later than December 20, following even-numbered year elections, to elect officers to serve for the subsequent two years, to adopt bylaws governing the JCD for the subsequent two years, and to transact such other business which may come before the meeting.

B        Any JCD member may nominate candidates for any officer positions either by contacting the Operations Committee or from the floor.

C        Prior to the meeting, the outgoing Chair shall appoint a Recording Secretary for this meeting.

D        The meeting shall be chaired by the outgoing Chair until a new Chair is elected, which election shall be the first order of business.

E        The Chair, Vice-Chair, State Committee-people man and State Committeewoman shall be elected by ballot vote of the PCOs elected at the immediately preceding even-year elections, in compliance with RCW 29A80.020.and 030 (see Appendix A). A quorum of twenty-five percent (25%), but not fewer than six, of the newly elected        PCOs is required for this election. (state bylaws call for a closed

F        The Recording Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected by ballot vote of all paid-up JCD members present and voting.

G        Commissioner District Representatives shall be elected by District Caucuses, to be held during the Biennial Reorganization Meeting. Each District caucus shall consist of all paid-up JCD members who reside in that district and who are present and voting.

H        At this Biennial Reorganization Meeting, revised bylaws governing the JCD may be adopted by majority vote of all attending elected PCOs.

ARTICLE XV Elections Liaison to the County Auditor

The Elections Liaison to the County Auditor shall ensure that the Democratic

Party’s interests, in all matters pertaining to elections, are protected. The duties

shall include arranging for JCD representation at all logic and accuracy tests and observation of ballot inspection and at all ballot-counting and canvassing board activities subsequent to an election.

ARTICLE XVI Financial Operating Policies

A        The JCD shall comply with all state campaign finance laws and reporting procedures.

B        Disbursement of JCD funds shall only be made in accordance with the budget in compliance with Section E of this article. Disbursements may be made by check, debit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT), but not by cash. Disbursements may be made by the Treasurer or by elected officers of the JCD with prior concurrence of the Treasurer. If disbursement is by check and over $250, two authorized signatures are required.

C        Officers, board members and ad hoc committee members may apply for reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses necessary to conduct board-approved activities as approved by the committee’s chair. Such requests must be accompanied by receipts documenting the expense and must be submitted within one month or will be considered in-kind donations made by the member.

D        The Finance Committee, comprised of the Treasurer and other JCD members appointed by the Chair, shall review monthly financial statements and shall advise the Executive Board with regard to budget compliance and the financial position of the JCD.

E        As the need arises, the Finance Committee may recommend and the Executive Board may approve reallocation of income and expenditures within the budget in order to maintain budget compliance. Unanticipated expenditures which exceed the overall budget by $1,000 or more shall be approved by the Executive Board and by a majority vote of the members present and voting at a meeting of the JCD prior to disbursement. Unanticipated expenditures that are accompanied by an equal amount of unbudgeted revenue may be recommended by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board without the requirement of approval by the membership.

F        The Chair shall appoint a committee to perform a review of JCD accounts. Said review shall be held each February and the results reported to the JCD each March. The committee may appoint an independent reviewer if considered necessary.

ARTICLE XVII Endorsement of Candidates and Ballot Measures

A        The membership of the Jefferson County Democrats may endorse candidates for partisan and non-partisan office and ballot measure positions in primary, general, and special elections.

B        Any endorsement made by the membership of the Jefferson County Democrats shall be considered and approved through the following process:

1.         At its discretion, the Executive Board may place before the members, at a meeting convened in accordance with Article V, consideration of the endorsement of a named candidate or candidates and/or endorsement of a ballot measure position or positions.

2.         Alternately, the Chair shall, upon receipt of a petition signed by no fewer than six PCOs of the JCD, place before the members, at a meeting convened in accordance with Article V, consideration of the endorsement of a named candidate or candidates and/or endorsement of a ballot measure position or positions.

3.         Members shall be notified at least two weeks in advance of any meeting at which an endorsement will be considered through the means specified in Article V, A.

4.         Before any meeting at which an endorsement will be considered, the Membership Committee shall confirm the voting credentials of participating members. Eligible voters for endorsements are: a) members in good standing, as described in Article IV, as of the last day of the month prior to such a meeting; and b) general members whose membership has lapsed during the twelve months prior to the meeting and who have renewed their membership before the meeting begins.

5.         Candidates for election to offices within Jefferson County or representing Jefferson County’s Legislative or Congressional District shall be offered an opportunity to address the membership at or before a meeting at which their endorsement is to be considered. The Executive Board shall arrange for presentation of arguments for a ballot measure position being considered for endorsement, and may arrange for presentation of opposing arguments.

6.         Voting shall be by paper ballot.

7.         A two-thirds vote in favor of a candidate or a position on a ballot measure is required for an endorsement.

ARTICLE XVIII Contributions to Candidates and Ballot Measure Campaigns

A        The JCD may make financial contributions in amounts permitted by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission and the Federal Election Commission to election campaigns of candidates and ballot measures.

B        The Executive Board may decide to which candidates or ballot measures contributions shall be made from the total amount budgeted for candidate or political contributions as adopted at the January meeting of the JCD.

C        Financial contributions to election campaigns of candidates and ballot measures may be expended at the discretion of the designated campaign committee.

D        Financial contributions to election campaigns of candidates and ballot measures may, at the discretion of the Executive Board, be made conditional upon an agreement by the designated campaign committee to return a share of any surplus funds unexpended at the completion of the campaign. Agreements reached with designated committees may include provision for return of an agreed upon portion of unspent funds. The Executive Board may, and at the request of the designated committee shall, enter into a written agreement with such campaign committee governing the conditions under which the contribution is made.

ARTICLE XIX Amendment of the Bylaws; Copies of the Bylaws

A         Any JCD member, the Central Committee, or the Executive Board may propose an amendment to these bylaws by providing the precise language of the proposed amendment and the reason for the proposed change to the Recording Secretary at least four days prior to a meeting of the Executive Board to be forwarded to the Executive Board and the Central Committee. Precise language of the proposed amendment and the reason for the proposed change will be posted on the JCD website and newsletter.

B         The Central Committee can choose among four options, or a combination of these options. They can:

  1. return the submittal to the originator for additional work
  2. refer proposed changes to an ad hoc bylaws committee for recommendations
  3. obtain member input, either at a JCD membership meeting or in writing
  4. vote to adopt or reject proposed changes without obtaining any other input, but in no case can the Central Committee adopt changes in less than three weeks from the time the change is first proposed.

C        Adoption of a proposed amendment shall require an affirmative vote of two thirds of elected and appointed PCOs present and voting at a Central Committee meeting. Amendments will take effect upon adoption by the Central Committee. The attached flowchart Appendix C shows the bylaw amendment process, but in case of conflict the text of these bylaws takes precedence.

D        In the event of adoption, the amendment shall be incorporated in all current copies of the bylaws and published within 30 days of adoption.

E        Bylaws may also be adopted de novo at the Biennial Reorganization meeting, as set forth in Article XIV.

F        A copy of the current bylaws shall be available on the JCD web-site.

G        The Recording Secretary shall provide a copy of the bylaws to JCD members, if requested. The Chair shall assure that a copy of these bylaws is available at all JCD Executive Board and membership meetings.  

(This whole article wrongly removes the membership from meaningful participation. It is not accountable or transparent to registered voters who declare themselves to be Democrats and pay dues. Our biggest stakeholder)

(I'm asking that the oprginal wording be reinserted with only what is needed to bring it into compliance:)

A        Any JCD member may propose an amendment to these bylaws by providing the precise language of the proposed amendment to the Recording Secretary at least 48 hours prior to a meeting of the Executive Board for review by the Executive Board.

B        Any amendment so proposed shall be included in the agenda for the following two regular meetings or special meetings convened in accordance with Article V Section E of these bylaws. Proposed amendments will be read and may be discussed by JCD members at the first of such meetings, and shall be discussed and voted on at the second of such meetings. Amendments will take effect upon adoption.

C        Adoption of a proposed amendment shall require an affirmative vote of two thirds of elected and acting PCOs present and voting at the second meeting provided in Section B above.

D        In the event of adoption, the amendment shall be incorporated in all current copies of the bylaws and published within 30 days of adoption.

E        Bylaws may also be adopted de novo at the Biennial Reorganization meeting, as set forth in Article XIV.

F        A copy of the current bylaws shall be available on the JCD web-site.

G        The Recording Secretary shall provide a copy of the bylaws to JCD members, if requested. The Chair shall assure that a copy of these bylaws is available at all JCD Executive Board and membership meetings. (original before changes with only the change neccessary to bring into compliance)

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