Article A. Locals - The basic unit of the Green Party of Utah (referred to elsewhere as the "GPU") in which all Members shall participate shall be the Local. The Local shall consist of geographically and functionally proximate groups of Members who meet regularly for education and action. Collectively, they form a decentralized organizational structure, with certain responsibilities and powers of self-determination.
Section 1. Requirements to form a Local -To form a GPU Local the organizers must submit to the Council the following documentation:
a. Organizing Petition: Each organizing Local shall submit a petition signed by at least four individuals. The petition shall include the statement below:
"We, the undersigned, do unanimously accept the Green Key Values and seek recognition as a Local, with the primary purpose of advancing the Green Key Values. We agree to observe and be bound by the bylaws of the GPU and the bylaws of this Local."
b. Bylaws: Each organizing Local shall submit a current copy of their bylaws to the Council.
c. Points of contact: Each organizing Local shall provide the names and contact information for one primary and two secondary Local contacts to the Council.
d. Dues: For each signer, a dues of $10 shall be submitted which will entitle each signer to a membership card.
Section 2: Local Certification
a. The Council will consider the application and may request more info or submit concerns back to the Local until it is satisfied that the Local conforms to the Green Key Values and GPU bylaws.
Section 3: Local operations requirements
a. Each local must submit, within 7 days, any of the following to the Council:
i) Major bylaws changes;
ii) Points of contact changes;
iii) Meeting minutes
Section 3: Local Funds
a. Locals who raise and/or spend money shall ensure that all funds are raised and spent in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and GPU bylaws.
Section 4: Dissolution of locals
a. The Council may dissolve any Local upon recommendation of the Local Liaison.
b. The Local Liaison may recommend dissolution of any Local that:
i) Consistently fails to comply with these or its own bylaws;
ii) Raises, spends, or accounts for funds improperly or questionably;
iii) Acts in a manner that brings discredit to the GPU;
iv) Publicly consistently acts in opposition to positions of the GPU;
v) Notifies the Local Liaison of intent to dissolve.
c. Members of the local in question shall be offered the opportunity to speak in opposition to the dissolution before the Council before the final decision is made.
d. Upon deciding to dissolve a Local, the Council shall mail written notices to all members of the Local.
Article B. The Green Party of Utah Coordinating Council (referred to as "Council" elsewhere in these bylaws) - The Council is the nexus which unites Locals from across the state to provide the resources for issues which require the collective attention of the GPU. Additionally, the Council shall be the sole authoritative body to oversee the operation of the Utah Green Association, establish and oversee various committees, amend the GPU bylaws and platform, appropriate GPU funds, handle administrative tasks, issue statements in the name of the GPU including affiliations and endorsements, and perform other functions as required.
Section 1. The Council is composed of a maximum of two representatives from each Local in Utah, elected by the members of their respective locals in any manner they choose at a regular meeting of that Local for terms as long as the Local approves. Locals will also define their own recall or removal process. Council representatives must have email access and agree to read and respond to Council emails at least once within any ten-day period. The Council may also be referred to as the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of Utah for compliance with state law.
Section 2. The Council shall meet at it discretion and may seek consensus through email or telephone.
Section 3. The Council shall establish a procedure for setting Council meeting agendas.
Article C. State Coordinators - The Green Party of Utah shall maintain five Coordinators to carry out the functions of the Council
Section 1. Spokespersons - The Spokespersons shall consist of one female and one male representative.
a. Shall sit on Council
b. Shall sit on the Website Sub-Committee for oversight purposes
c. Shall be the primary representatives of the Green Party of Utah
d. Shall regularly monitor progress of committee activities to promote organizational efficiency and integration
e. Shall, in cooperation with the Secretary, collect committee reports for publication
f. Perform all other duties required of the office
Section 2. Secretary
a. Shall sit on the Council as Minutetaker and may not participate in consensus seeking
b. Shall sit on the State Rules Committee
c. Shall be the primary contact for the GPU locals in matters of record keeping such as local formation application, bylaws, contact information, and meeting minutes
d. Shall maintain archives of all documents submitted to the Council by Locals, committee reports, Council minutes, membership databases, etc.
e. Shall perform all other duties required of the office
Section 3. Treasurer
a. Shall sit on the Council
b. Shall sit on the fundraising committee
c. Shall be the primary contact for the Locals in matters of finances
d. Shall be a resource for GPU members who are in the process of forming a Local bank account
e. Shall manage the accounts of the GPU with fidelity
f. Shall appraise the Council at every regular Council meeting of the financial status of the GPU
g. Shall perform all other duties required of the office
Section 4. Local Liaison
a. Shall sit on the Council.
b. Shall sit on the State Membership Committee
c. Shall be the primary contact for the Locals in all matters except record keeping and finances.
d. Shall be a resource for individuals who are in the process of organizing a Local.
e. Shall contact Locals about statewide, regional, or national, events, organizations, or causes that may be of interest to the Locals
Article D. Standing Committees - All committees shall act in accordance with the Green Key Values and the GPU platform. All committee members are to understand that their contact information (mailing or email addresses) will be made available to the members of the Green Party of Utah.
Section 1. Rules/Bylaws
a. The role of the rules committee is to create and amend where necessary, the GPU bylaws. It is to be understood that the GPU bylaws are amendable, though always grounded to the Green Key Values and consistent with the platform.
b. If a member of the GPU should like to propose an amendment to the platform s/he shall submit the amendment in writing to the committee one week before the committee meets. Once the committee has approved her/his amendment, it will be presented to the Council.
Section 2. Membership
a. The original role of the membership committee was to codify how one becomes a member of the GPU, what rights and privileges that membership includes, and what responsibilities. All further amendments to the membership terms should, as a section of the GPU bylaws, go through the rules committee.
b. The membership committee is to accurately keep an annual record of all of the members of Green Party of Utah and their contact information for the purposes of communication mailings, distribution of the newsletter, and dues reminders.
Section 3. Platform
a. The role of the platform committee is to develop and amend where necessary, the GPU platform. It is to be understood that the platform is a continually working document that is founded on the Green Key Values.
b. If a GPU member should like to propose an amendment to the platform s/he should submit the amendment in writing to the committee one week before the committee meets. Once the committee has approved her/his amendment, it will be presented to the Council.
Section 4. Communication
Section 5. Communications Committee: Website Subcommittee
a. Shall draft an editorial policy outlining the limits of discretion for the Webmaster and Co-Webmaster to post information on the GPU website to be approved by the Communication Committee.
b. Shall be comprised of a Technical Advisor, a Webmaster and Co-Webmaster, and both GPU Spokespersons.
i.) The Technical advisor may be a non-GPU member, and shall be available to be contacted for technical issues.
ii.) The Webmaster/Co-Webmaster shall be available to be contacted by GPU members for suggested website content and calendar information, and shall regularly update the website with information within the parameters of the GPU website editorial policy.
iii.)The Spokespersons shall regularly review the GPU website, and shall have the authority, upon reaching consensus between them, to remove or modify GPU website content in order to ensure that the GPU website content is consistent with the editorial policy.
Section 6. Fundraising Committee
a. The role of the fundraising committee is to increase monies coming into the accounts of the GPU.
b. Before a fundraising campaign begins it must be clearly stated for which branch the money will be going to.
c. The Educational and the political branches of the GPU are distinct.
i) One being non-partisan without lobbying efforts.
ii) One being partisan including lobbying efforts respectively.
d. All fundraising campaigns must be conducted in accordance with the Green Key Values and the platform of the GPU.
e. If a Member of the GPU should like to submit fundraising suggestions to the fundraising committee s/he should submit the amendment in writing to the committee one week before the committee meets. . Once the committee has approved her/his suggestion it will be presented to the Council.
f. All monies obtained from fundraising efforts shall be given to the Treasurer who will make transparent all sources of funds coming into the Green Party of Utah accounts.
Section 7. Legislative Committee
a. The role of the legislative committee is to monitor the dealings of the Utah State and National legislatures and communicate all relevant findings to the GPU membership through the communications committee.
Section 8. Legal Committee
a. The role of the legal committee is to have legal expertise available for the dealings of the GPU.
i) This may include, but is not exclusive to,
ii) law regarding taxes, ballot recognized status, elections, running candidates, petitions
iii) offering advice at protests, rallies, or any other political action.
b. The legal committee is to be at the disposal of the other committees and the general membership so that they can better serve their functions within the GPU.
Article E. Statewide Conventions and Nominations - Any GPU member present at these conventions will be recognized as a voting and consensus-seeking participant. Both coordinators and candidates shall be elected by a majority of participants using instant run-off voting. There will be a "none of the above" voting option. There will be no proxy voting.
Section 2. The GPU will elect its state coordinators at a coordinating convention in even numbered years, with the exception of the founding convention.
Section 3. Each Local will be responsible for selecting its own candidates for local political office. Each Green Local shall authorize the running of GPU candidates within its jurisdiction. If no such authorization is given, then no GPU candidate will run in that jurisdiction. Candidates chosen by Locals must meet the GPU candidate criteria and the Locals will be responsible for forwarding those
nominations for ratification to Council.
Section 4. GPU Candidates must meet the following criteria:
a. The candidate shall embrace the Green Key Values and shall use these values as a basis for their political decision making.
b. The candidate shall be registered with the Green Party for at least four months prior to the nominating convention, and shall not be a registered member of any other political party.
c. In considering candidacies for President and Vice President of the United States, or Governor and Lt. Governor of Utah, candidates will run as a pair to avoid having only one candidate nominated when two are required.
Section 5. After a nominating convention, the Secretary, or the state party's designee, will be responsible for notifying the proper election
officer of the nomination as required by state law. The candidate then must send a note accepting the nomination to the proper election officer within 10 days of the notification of nomination.
Article F. Recall of Coordinators