Proposed Constitution

MMS (Michael, Michael, Seth) proposal

CONSTITUTION

Article I:  Basic Foundations

 A. Name, Boundaries, & Affiliations

     1)  The legal name of this organization is the Portland Metro Pacific Green  
         Party, hereafter also be referred to as the ``Portland Greens``, ``Portland
         Green Party``, or ``Portland Metro Chapter``.

     2)  The legal area of this organization is the union of Clackamas,
         Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in the State of Oregon.

     3)  The Portland Green Party operates as an autonomous organ of the
         Pacific Green Party of Oregon.

 B.  Purpose

     1)  The Portland Green Party is established to work for sustainability and
         conservation, peace, social justice, and grassroots democracy through the
         electoral system.

 C.  Membership:  3 levels

     1)  Member:  as defined in ORS 248.002 (4), an individual who is registered
         as being affiliated with the Pacific Green Party of Oregon and is legally    
         resident in the colunties of Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington
         Counties.

     2)  Voting Member:  an individual who has attended at least two official
         meetings of either the Portland Metro Chapter or of the Pacific Green
         Party of Oregon.

     3)  Board Member:  voting members who have been elected to a responsible
         position on the Portland Metro Chapter Board.

Article II:  General Meetings  

 A.  General Meetings will be the final authority on policy of the Portland Metro
    Chapter (with the exception of powers enumerated in Article III B.2) and will
    normally be presided over by a quorum, that is a majority, of the Board Members.  
    Powers to be exercised at General Meetings shall include (but not be limited
    to) the following:

    1.  electing Board Members and removing Board Members, as provided for in this      
       document.

    2.  acting upon proposals made by the Portland Chapter Board.

    3.  initiating proposals for Portland Chapter Board consideration.

    4.  requesting financial or other reports from the Board Members or their    
       employees, to be produced within one months` time.

    5.  endorsing political initiatives or candidates, including public statements of the
       position of the Portland Metro Chapter.

    6.  approving of and giving authority to committees, caucuses, or spokespersons
       associated with the Portland Metro Chapter.

    7.  approving of changes proposed to this Constitution or its Bylaws at two
       consecutive General Membership Meetings either by consensus or by a 2/3
       majority of voting members in attendance at each meeting.  
         
 B.  General Meetings are to be comprised of Members, Voting Members,
    and Board Members, and will be scheduled by the Board at least once a
     calendar quarter, preferably at least once in a calendar month.
         
1. Board Members are expected to attend General Meetings except for
      reasonable excuse.

2. In the event of six weeks` interval between General Meetings, three
      voting members may call a General Meeting without a quorum of officers
      provided there has been ten days` notice.

Article III:  Board

A.  Board membership will be comprised of a Treasurer, and at least four members at large, all of whom serve in a voluntary capacity.

1. The Board will designate who shall arrange meetings, consult with others when  
 preparing an agenda for Board Meetings or for General Membership
 Meetings, and propose the agenda for each meeting s/he attends.

2. The Board will designate who shall keep minutes for Board Meetings as well as
 for General Membership Meetings, and post minutes in a timely fashion (ideally
 within one week of the meeting s/he attends).

3.  The Treasurer is the legal filing officer with the State of Oregon. S/he will
  ensure that the books are kept as required by law and that all statements are
  filed appropriately under state and federal campaign finance, business,
  employment, tax, and any other requirements.

     a.  At-large Board Members shall appoint the Treasurer, subject to the approval at the next General Membership Meeting.

     b.  At-large Board Members shall have authority to remove the Treasurer without General Membership Meeting approval.

     c. The Board may not instruct the Treasurer to abrogate legal, fiduciary, and filing requirements.

B.  Powers to be exercised by the Board shall include:

1. interpreting organizational documents.

2. approving internal policies to ensure compliance with election, employment, or
 any other laws.

3. proposing standing or other committees, as well as members and chairs for
 these committees.

4. proposing officers, exercising authority to assign duties to, review, or reverse
 any decisions made by these officers, including any hiring, firing, or other  
 management decisions made by an officer.  Officers shall serve at the pleasure
 of the Board and may be removed by the Board.  

5.  appointing replacement Board members in the case of a vacancy, subject to
  ratification at the next General Meeting.  Any Board member absent without
  leave for two consecutive Board meetings may be removed upon 2/3rds    
  approval of the remaining members of the Board.  

6.  appointing an Advisory Committee to serve at the pleasure of the Board,
  providing non-binding advice to the Board.

7.  appointing Portland Green Party spokespersons.

8.  providing for elections to County Central Committees (CCCs) within the
  Portland Green Party boundaries, if asked to do so by a General Membership
  Meeting.  Once CCCs are created and functioning, the Board may:

     a.  appoint to fill vacancies to a County Central Committee within its borders between elections

     b.  change the boundaries of the Portland Green Party in cooperation with the
Pacific Green Party State Coordinating Committee, upon the successful application of another regional chapter in a contiguous area of (or overlapping) the original tri-county area outside of Multnomah County without having to approve the change as a normal Constitutional change.

     c.  Serve as the Multnomah County Central Committee if the Portland Green Party boundaries are reduced to Multnomah County.      

9.  proposing rules to implement this Constitution or Bylaws.

C.  Board Transparency.

1.  The Board shall operate in a manner open to all Voting Members except when discussing or handling personnel matters, legal issues, proprietary policy or strategy documents, or necessarily private identification credentials.

2.  The Board shall normally operate via an electronic form except where unresolved concerns are raised, then an in-person meeting should be called
To enhance the consensus decision-making process.

3.   The Board shall allow all Voting Members access to its electronic discussions by subscription.

4.   Decisions of any in-person Board Meetings or General Meetings shall be reported electronically to subscribing Voting Members within seven days of any decision.

Article IV:  Executive Director

A.  An Executive Director may be hired by the Board with the advice and consent of Voting Members at a General Meeting

B.  Once hired, an Executive Director may be only fired by the Board.

C.  The authority of the Executive Director shall be clearly stipulated in a job description approved at the General Meeting at which consent is given to the hiring, and this authority may be modified only with the consent of a future General Meeting.    

Article V:  Processes for Decision-Making, Elections and Removal

A. Decision-Making Processes:

1. The Portland Green Party is established as a participatory democracy
  following the consensus model described by C.T. Butler`s On Conflict and
  Consensus (http://consensus.net/ocaccontents.html).

2.  If the consensus process fails after two sincere attempts, the majority approval of those present at an approved General Meeting, Board Meeting, or meeting designated as official by a General Meeting and the Board, shall carry the decision.

B. Candidate Endorsement Process:

1.  Non-partisan candidates seeking Portland Green Party endorsement should notify an officer designated to function as the Election Administrator as soon as possible.

2.  The Election Administrator must notify each filed or declared opponent and provide all an opportunity to also seek an endorsement.

3.  Candidate endorsements must be open to all registered members.

4.  Candidate endorsements must provide for secrecy and may (at Board or General Meeting request) include mail or electronic balloting as determined by rules established by the Board.

5.  At least two candidate endorsement member votes shall be scheduled per two year election cycle, a first for the primary election, and a second for the general election.

6.   Candidate endorsement votes shall use preference voting and none-of-the-above whenever possible.

C. Board Elections:

1.  Board elections will take place annually, at a date proposed by the Board and agreed to at a General Meeting.

2.   Board members elected at a General Meeting shall normally serve for two years.  Board members appointed to their positions to fill a vacancy may run for election following the expiration of their appointment.  In order to assure continuity, no more than 50% of Board members will be elected to a two year term at any election, and the General Meeting may choose to assign some positions to a one year term.

3.   The first elections to the Board shall occur within one month after this Constitution is ratified, at a date set by voting members at the ratifying meeting. During these elections, the General Meeting may choose to assign some positions to a one year term.  

4.   A person is ineligible for being elected, appointed, or hired if s/he has been convicted of a criminal offense involving fraud, forgery, or identification theft within a previous period of five years.

5.   The Board shall be elected using a system proposed by the Board that ensures proportional representation such as single-transferable voting.
 
6.   Unless the Board proposes otherwise, OpenSTV shall be used to tally secret- ballot STV Board elections (with coin toss tiebreaks).
   
7.   If there are not more candidates than seats available on the Board, the Board may be elected by consensus, forgoing a secret ballot vote.

D.  Removal Authority

1.   Any non-elected officer, committee chair, advisory committee member, or approved spokesperson associated with the Portland Green Party shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.

2.   Any member of the Board may be removed at a General Meeting either by consensus of the Voting Members or, if consensus is not achieved, by 2/3 vote of the Voting Members attending.

Article VI:  Constitution Change

A.  Changes to this Constitution must be:

1.   proposed by either unanimous consent of the Board or via a petition signed by at least 10 Voting Members,

2.   introduced at a General Membership Meeting, and

3.   ratified by the next General Meeting, either by consensus or, if consensus is not achieved, by a 2/3 vote of Voting members attending.