Jim Duensing is the former Nevada LP chairman. He has an LP candidate for U.S. Congress in 2004, 2006 and 2008. He was also the presidential nominee of the small libertarian political party, the Boston Tea Party, from April 4, 2012 until the party disbanded on July, 22, 2012. The 2013 Nevada LP convention will be held on April 27, 2013.
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Full Title: Ending the Central Planners for Liberty Failed Social Experiment, Guaranteeing Local Control of the Party to the Membership, and Preventing a small Cadre of Elected Representatives, who forget that the world doesn’t revolve around the All Time Chair’s Kitchen Table, from, intentionally or unintentionally, destroying a very active party again.
Short Title: Local Control of the Party Bylaw
Add Article VIII. Affiliates
A. LOCAL CONTROL OF THE PARTY
It is a right of the people to form affiliate organizations at the county level; and precinct operations at the precinct level. The state party exists to assist and foster local precinct and county level organization. As such, affiliates cannot be abolished by the state party. And control of the affiliates shall always be maintained by the LPN members who actually comprise the party, not their elected representatives.
B. RULES FOR COUNTY AFFILIATES
All county affiliates shall be governed by this section of the bylaws. No county affiliate shall need or pass bylaws separate from these.
C. COMPOSITION OF COUNTY AFFILIATES
Each county affiliate shall be composed of 5 officers and as many voting members as qualify pursuant to these bylaws.
D. COUNTY AFFILIATE OFFICERS
All county affiliates shall have the following officers, with the following duties:
1. Chair: The County Chair shall be the chief executive officer and direct the affairs of the Affiliate Executive Committee, and shall preside at meetings of this committee. The Chair shall be an ex-officio non-voting member of all standing committees and shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, appoint committees and positions deemed necessary to assist in the performance of the chair’s duties. Further, the Chair shall fill vacancies in the Executive Committee, by and with the consent of the Executive Committee, and shall perform all other duties as prescribed by this Constitution and the bylaws of the LPN.
2. Vice Chair: The Vice Chair shall assist the Chair in the performance of the Chair’s duties. The Vice Chair shall be first in line of succession to the Chair should the office become vacant, until a successor is elected by the rules prescribed in this section. At meetings of the Affiliate Executive Committee the Vice Chair shall preside in the absence of the Chair. The Vice Chair may chair at least one standing committee.
3. Recording Secretary: The Recording Secretary shall perform the normal duties of a committee secretary, assisting the Chair in the execution of the Chair’s duties, including recording, keeping, and reporting the minutes of the Executive Committee, safeguarding the non-financial records of the LPN, and such other duties as shall be required by the Chair. The Recording Secretary shall be next in line of succession after the Vice Chair, and may chair at least one standing committee
4. Corresponding Secretary: The Corresponding Secretary shall be responsible for reporting the affiliate elections to the state convention. The Corresponding Secretary shall be next in line of succession after the Recording Secretary.
5. Treasurer: The Affiliate Treasurer shall be custodian of all moneys and financial records of the affiliate, and shall account for, receive, and disburse funds in accordance with the by-laws. The Treasurer shall follow the Corresponding Secretary in line of succession, and may chair at least one standing committee.
E. COUNTY AFFILIATE MONTHLY MEETINGS
Each affiliate shall hold monthly meetings at a time and place of its choosing to conduct the business of the affiliate. The time and place of said meetings shall be noticed at least 30 days in advance on the websites of the state party and the affiliate, if the affiliate maintains a separate website.
F. COUNTY AFFILIATE VOTING MEMBERS
All members of the Libertarian Party of Nevada shall be voting members of their county’s affiliate at the beginning of the third consecutive affiliate business meeting they attend as a member of the Libertarian Party of Nevada such that at the beginning of and during their third consecutive meeting they shall have a vote.
G. MAINTAINING VOTING MEMBER STATUS
Voting members can only lose their status by missing two consecutive business meetings.
H. PRECINCT CAPTAINS ELECTION AND APPOINTMENT
Precinct Captains shall be selected at the affiliate’s annual convention and serve until the next convention. A majority vote of an affiliate can appoint a precinct captain to fill a vacancy.
I. 21ST CENTURY MEETINGS
Every precinct captain shall have the right to organize a meeting-place within his or her precinct for the purpose of attending the monthly meeting through video conferencing technology, provided that any Libertarian within that precinct be allowed to attend that precinct meeting. The county affiliate shall be responsible for providing video conferencing capability at its monthly business meeting for such purposes. The location of the precinct level meeting places shall be published at least 7 days before the meeting in the same section of the websites responsible for noticing the monthly meetings.
J. AFFILIATE SELECTION OF LOCAL CANDIDATES
Affiliates shall select candidates which fall completely within the boundaries of the local affiliate at a County Convention in January. It shall be the responsibility of the Corresponding Secretary of each affiliate to report those candidate nominations to the State Convention. The State Convention shall have no power to alter any nominations made at the affiliate convention. However, in the case of NOTA or a vacancy at the affiliate convention, the position can be filled by a majority vote of the state convention.
K. AFFILIATE ORGANIZING CONVENTIONS
Once five members of the Libertarian Party have signed a letter indicating their willingness to serve as officers in a county affiliate, it shall be the responsibility of the State Executive Committee to hold an organizing convention.
L. SCHEDULING OF AFFILIATE ORGANIZING CONVENTION
The organizing convention required by Article VIII Section K shall be scheduled in the county to be organized no sooner than 30 days nor later than 60 days after the State Executive Committee is presented with a letter as described in the aforementioned section.
M. NOTICE OF AFFILIATE ORGANIZING CONVENTION
Timely notice of the affiliate organizing convention shall be mailed to all members of the Libertarian Party in the county at issue giving them notice of the meeting, time and place. Notice shall also be published prominently on the state party’s website at least 30 days before the affiliate convention.
N. ELECTIONS AT THE ORGANIZING CONVENTION
At the organizing convention, the members of the Libertarian Party in the county being organized shall elect officers and precinct captains. At the conclusion of the organizing convention, the affiliate is officially formed. The organizing convention shall be chaired by the State Chair or a designee approved by the Executive Committee, should the State Chair be unable to attend an organizing convention. All members in attendance at the organizing convention shall become voting members of the new affiliate by virtue of attending the organizing convention.
O. RECALL OF ANY AFFILIATE OFFICER
A Two-Thirds vote by an affiliate’s Executive Committee shall be sufficient to recall an officer. Any member can call for the recall of any officer at any meeting, but no more than one such vote per officer shall be permitted per meeting. Upon a successful recall, the position shall be immediately filled by a vote of the affiliate.
P. FORMING OF COUNTY AFFILIATES AT THE 2013 STATE CONVENTION
Once this bylaws amendment is adopted by the 2013 State Convention, those counties with sufficient members present and willing to serve as affiliate officers shall caucus and elect officers. The newly elected Corresponding Secretary shall be responsible for reporting the election results to the 2013 State Convention. The local affiliates shall immediately be considered organized once such reporting to the State Convention has been completed. The officers of the new affiliates shall decide in the next 15 days upon a time and location for their affiliate’s first business meeting, which shall be held no later than 45 days from the convention and no sooner than 30 days after notice has been given to the Secretary of the LPN. Any member attending the first monthly business meeting of the new affiliates shall be considered a voting member of their respective affiliate by virtue of having attended the initial meeting. Precinct captains shall be elected at the first meeting.
Bylaws Proposal #2 re: membership from Jim Duensing
Full Title: Abolishing Poll Taxes and Barriers to Participation in a Political Party dedicated to Individual Liberty and Freedom oriented Solutions to encourage – not discourage – participation of the most possible Libertarians so our organization has the human resources to compete with the Establishment Parties.
Short Title: Simplifying Membership and Abolishing Barriers to Participation
Amend Article III MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. All adult residents of Nevada shall be considered members of the LPN provided
A. Are and have been registered as Libertarian in Nevada for a period of not less than 30 days, and continue to be registered as Libertarian, and
B. have donated at least Fifty Dollars ($50.00) to the LPN in the past 365 days, of which sum, Twenty-Five ($25.00) will be remitted to the Libertarian Party of the United States of America, and have certified in writing that they oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.
Section 1. All adult residents of Nevada shall be considered members of the LPN provided they are registered as Libertarian in Nevada.