By Law proposal E – Proposal to establish standing platform and by-law committees

TO CREATE STANDING BYLAWS AND PLATFORM COMMITTEES

Paragraph III: State Executive Committee and Officers

Subsection 1H.Proposing Amendments to Party Documents 

The State Executive Committee may propose amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, Statement of Principles, or Platform, as specified in Paragraph V below.

Section 2. The State Chair

Subsection 2A. Chief Executive Officer

The State Chair shall preside over all Executive Committee meetings, and conventions, and committees at his or her pleasure.

The State Chair will see that the Treasurer establishes and maintains an efficient system of accounts.

The State Chair shall appoint all committees, both ad hoc and standing, and their chairs with the advice and consent of the State Executive Committee.

The State Chair shall appoint a party member to fill any vacancy in an elected party office with the advice and consent of the State Executive Committee.

All state-wide non-elected party officers serve at the pleasure of the State Chair and upon the election of a new State Chair, they shall resign their office subject to reappointment by the newly-elected State Chair.

The State Chair shall fill any vacancies to the National Convention with the consent of the State Executive Committee.

When the position of State Secretary and/or the State Treasurer is vacant the State Chair shall have the authority and duty to make any required or necessary communications with the office of the Kansas Secretary of State and the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission on behalf of the Party.

 

Paragraph V. Amendments to Party Documents

Subsection 1A.  Procedure for the State Executive Committee to Propose Amendments

The State Executive Committee shall create two standing committees as set forth in Paragraph VII. Committees. may propose amendments to the Constitution, By-Laws, Statement of Principles, or Platform by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the whole State Executive Committee and those proposed amendments shall be sent to the next annual Convention for approval or disapproval.

All such proposed changes to the Constitution, By-Laws, Statement of Principles, or Platform must be posted on the LPKS website for a comment period not to be less than twenty-eight (28) days before a final vote of the Executive Committee. 

The final version of the proposed changes must be posted on the LPKS website for no less than twenty-eight (28) days before the State Convention.

Subsection 1B.  Procedure for approval of Proposed Changes  

At the convention, there shall be an opportunity for individuals to speak in favor of or in opposition to the proposed changes.  The State  Party Chair shall have the ability to limit the length of these discussions with both those in favor and those in opposition having equal time.

 

Paragraph VII. Committees

Section 1.  Formation Of

The State Chair may, with the advice and consent of the State Executive Committee,  may appoint standing or temporary ad hoc committees of the party.  These committees may include, but are not limited to, Constitution and By-Laws; Finance; Judiciary; Educational and Publicity; and Candidate Recruitment.

Section 2. Terms of Office

Appointed ad hoc committees members serve at the pleasure of the State Chair Executive Committee.  Standing committee members serve until the end of the upcoming convention.

Section 3.  Standing Committees

Subsection 3A. Bylaws Committee 

Not less than one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the convention held in odd numbered years, the Chair shall publish on the LPKS website a call for nominations to the Bylaws Committee. Not less than ninety days prior to that convention, the Executive Committee shall appoint a Bylaws Committee to recommend changes in these Bylaws and Convention Rules. The Bylaws Committee will consist of five members, but no more than two shall be members of the State Executive Committee.  The committee members shall choose one of its members as the committee chair.  The bylaw committee shall adopt its report on proposed bylaw and convention rule changes and the Secretary shall cause it to be published on the Party’s website for no less than twenty-eight (28) days before the State Convention.

Subsection 3B. Platform Committee 

A platform committee chair shall be appointed by the Executive Committee at least one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the convention held in even numbered years. The Platform Committee shall consist of a chair and one party member from each Congressional District. The district member shall be selected at least ninety (90) days prior to the convention in such a manner as each district shall provide. The Platform Committee shall adopt its initial report on proposed platform changes and the Secretary shall cause it to be published on the LPKS website for no less than twenty-eight (28) days before the State Convention.  The Platform Committee shall adopt its final report, which may include corrections or changes to proposals in the initial report, but shall not introduce new proposals, and the Secretary shall cause the final report to be published on the Party’s website seven (7) days prior to the convention.

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