2016 Proposed Bylaw Changes

12/10/15 – Conformed by RM to Nov.16, 2015, Attending Officers’ Call, including, of particular note:
• Article I, Section C.3.: Replacement of “Board” with “Caucus” where noted.
• Article II, Section D.2.: Changing “Senior” to “Low Income” level dues; retaining $99 dues level,
clarifying January 1 dues payment cut-off date
• Article III, Section B: Clarifying separate roles for Secretary and Treasurer
• Article III, Section C.3.: Secretary as repository to secure signed Confidentiality Agreements
• Article III, Section E.2.: Combining of Sections and clarification of procedure for removal of Officers,
including exclusion for purposes of voting on determination of petition for removal
• Article IV, Sect. A: General and Board Meeting requirements updated Sub-Sect’s 1 and 2 noted
• Article IV., Section F: Functional authority for list and passwords management
11/20/15 – Clean up by BH (with Ruth Carter edits)
10/31/15 –Additions per BH:
Additions
• Clearly defined requirements for Executive Board meetings, conference calls, and the documentation
thereof (Article IV, Section A.2)
• Forming Ad-Hoc and Standing Committees (Article IV, Section E)
• Clearly defined permissions and location for caucus documentation and account passwords
(Article IV, Section F)
• Language formalizing the confidentiality agreement (Article III, Section C.3)
10/30/15 – Updated Adjustments per group input, including:
Adjustments
• Revised values/mission statement (Article I, Section C), with separate Principles Statement
• Simplifying the dues structure to avoid issues with any future CDP changes (Article I, Section D)
• Clearer definitions of officer responsibilities & limitations (Article III, Section B)
• Clearer governing framework for Regions (Article III, Section A.1.b)
• Clearer explanation of who governs the membership list, procedures for updating it, and location(s)
for storing and sharing versions of the file; file formats and services (e.g., mailing list,
newsletter, formal communications, etc.); (Article IV, Section F)
9/21/15 – Isolated Statement of Principles to be worked on as a separate document by Board per 9/14/15
Board Call.
9/19/15 – Conforming and verifying 2012 passed and certified version to proposed 11/15/14 version changes
(“PC_Bylaws_141115_Rev02_Proposed.pdf” which were never adopted). 11/15/14 proposed modifications
can be found and are noted in:
• Article II: Organization, Section D: Finance, Sub-Section 2 Dues;
• Article III: Officers, Section A: Officers, Section B: Duties of Officers, Section C: Election of Officers,
Section D: Terms of Office, Section E: Executive Board; and
• Article IV: Procedures, Section A: Meetings, Section C: Amendments and Revisions, Section D:
Official Notice to Members, Section E: Committees, Section F: Logins and Passwords.
8/13/15 – Insertion of all known proposed changes.
8/11/15 – Minor grammatical corrections, including capitalization and punctuation.
8/10/15 – Annotated 7/31 Recommendations and Additions as noted below.
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8/9/15 – Cleaned up outline numbering style, removed superfluous numbering and added outline numbering
designations where required
8/8/15 – First redline, cleaned up formatting, deleted adoption date and removed 2012 officer names.
7/31/15 – Summary of Potential Subjects for ByLaw Changes from Blake Hooper:
Adjustments
1. Clearer definitions of officer responsibilities and limitations (Art.III, Sect.B)
2. Clearer governing framework for regions (III.B.2; current III.a.1.b)
3. Clearer explanation of who governs the membership list, the procedures for updating it, and its
stored location. (III.B.3)
4. Simplifying the dues structure to avoid issues with any future CDP changes. (II.D.2)
Additions
1. Forming Ad-hoc and standing Committees (IV.E – New)
2. Clearly defined permissions and location for caucus documentation and account passwords
(III.B.3)
3. Clearly defined requirements for Executive Board meetings, conference calls, and the documentation
thereof (III.B.3)
4. Language formalizing a Confidentiality Agreement (III.C.3)
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Bylaws
Redline Changes to Current Approved and Posted Bylaws
Based on 2012 Bylaws, Adopted July 27, 2012
(DOC VERSION 4/30/13)
Contents
Article I Name, Purpose, and Statement of Principles __
Section A Name __
Section B Purpose __
Section C Statement of Principles __
Article II Organization __
Section A Relationship to Democratic State Central Committee __
Section B Rules __
Section C Membership __
Section D Finance __
Article III Officers __
Section A Officers __
Section B Duties of Officers __
Section C Election of Officers __
Section D Term of Office and Vacancies __
Section E Executive Board __
Article IV Procedures __
Section A Meetings __
Section B Quorum To Do Business __
Section C Amendments and Revisions to Bylaws __
Section D Official Notice to Members __
Section E Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees __
Section F Lists, Login Passwords and File Maintenance __
Article V Endorsements and Resolutions __
Section A Endorsements __
Section B Resolutions __
Article VI Interpretation __
Section A Interpretation of Bylaws __
Article VII Anti-Discrimination Provisions __
Article VIII Previous Bylaws __
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Article I: Name, Purpose, and Statement of Principles
Section A: Name
The name of the group shall be the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, hereafter
called the Caucus.
Section B: Purpose
1. The purpose of the Caucus is to act as a driving force in helping to enact a more progressive
agenda within the Democratic Party for the benefit of all people. We shall work proactively to realize
the inclusion of progressive principles in all organizational bodies of the California Democratic
Party, especially those that address public policy issues. We shall promote policy and legislation
consistent with our principles and support those Democratic Party office holders and
officials proposing and carrying out such policies. As part of our effort to revitalize a Democratic
Party built on firm progressive principles, we will work to strengthen conditions that make it possible
for progressive candidates seeking public office to succeed.
2. Serving as a focal point for progressive Democrats whose interests are priorities for the
Caucus, we will participate in efforts both inside and outside the Party to educate and inspire California
progressives to join us for the benefit of our collective membership and the Party. In turn,
we shall organize and agitate around the issues we collectively agree to pursue as a body by working
with other caucuses, clubs, and Democrats both at and in between regularly scheduled meetings
of the State Democratic Party. Caucus activities can take many forms and are not limited to
forums, programs, projects, direct action, electoral work, lobbying, media outreach, etc. The
Caucus will also participate in various outreach programs of the Party including identifying progressive
voters and registering them as Democrats.
Section C: Statement of Principles
1. The Caucus believes in the promotion of principle before politics and policy before unquestioning
fealty to any individual or organization. We seek to build a movement within the Democratic Party
so that we may one day see a government controlled by citizens, not oligarchic interests. By belonging
to the Caucus, we affirm our dedication to work for a world where the rights of all
people are recognized as equal and inalienable, and where social justice paves the way for true
peace.
2. Towards that end, we believe:
a. in the Constitution of the United States of America and the right of the People to selfgovernment,
b. in the restoration of an equal balance of powers between the branches of our Federal government,
c. that as the most basic measure of democracy, citizens of voting age have the right to vote
and have their vote counted and tangibly proved as cast,
d. in the complete separation of Church and State,
e. that everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law
and are therefore entitled to equal rights and treatment and that no one should be denied
these rights because of economic status, class, race, color, creed, age, ethnic identity,
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ethnicity, national origin, language, culture, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation,
religion, or disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of
1990.
3. The Caucus shall publish a Statement of Principles, made a part hereof by this reference. The Progressive
Caucus Statement of Principles shall be posted to the Caucus web site and updated from
time to time to reflect evolving issues and topics reflecting the Caucus’ fundamental progressive
underpinnings and goals as the Caucus may deem appropriate.
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Article II: Organization
Section A: Relationship to Democratic State Central Committee
1. The Caucus is a “Special Group Caucus” within the California Democratic Party State Central
Committee (DSCC).
2. Failure to comply with Section IX, subsections 1-5 of the DSCC Bylaws may subject the
Caucus to decertification by DSCC.
Section B: Rules
1. These Bylaws shall govern the organization, operation, and functions of the Caucus.
2. The Caucus shall operate within the Bylaws of the DSCC. In case of conflict, the Bylaws of
the DSCC shall prevail.
3. As the Caucus has a membership where members only represent themselves, the of use secret
ballots is allowed in General Membership proceedings.
Section C: Membership
1. Membership and full voting rights shall be open to all registered Democrats who meet these
membership requirements:
a. The individual is a registered California Democrat,
b. Indicates, at the time of their joining, support of the Purpose and Statement of Principles
of the Caucus as stated in Article I above,
c. Pays the dues in effect at the time the individual joins the Caucus, and
d. Agrees to the terms of these Bylaws.
2. Types of Members – [Need to define Membership Categories and Benefits; reconcile with Section
D.2. “Dues” below.]
2.3. Removal of Members
a. A member may be removed from membership for:
i. Non-payment of dues,
ii. Member affiliates with or registers as a member of another party, or
iii. By a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Board Members, hereafter called the Board,
in attendance at any Board meeting as set forth in paragraph b. below if, during his/her
term of membership, said Member:
A. Violates these Bylaws,
B. Publicly avows preference for another party,
C. Causes harm to the reputation and/or financial standing of the Caucus,
D. Publicly gives support to or avows a preference for a candidate nominated by another
party, or
E. In any way causes harm or disruption to the Caucus by acting in a manner con-
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trary to the stated goals and principles of the Caucus.
b. In the event the removal is for reasons stated in Art II, Sec C, a, iii above, a Member may
be removed by the following procedure:
i. Written charges brought by no fewer than ten (10) Members of the Caucus, or by a
minimum of three (3) Members of the Board shall be submitted to the Chair who will
notify the accused Member, and all members of the Board, of the charges. The Board
shall then determine whether the charges and the evidence supporting the charges are
sufficient to justify proceeding against the Member.
ii. If the Board finds, after a review, study and evaluation of evidence, that the evidence is
insufficient to warrant or justify proceedings, the charges shall be dismissed by the
Board.
iii. If the Board finds, after a review, study and evaluation of evidence, that the evidence is
sufficient to warrant or justify proceedings against the accused Member, the Board
shall hold a hearing, after due and timely Notice, to conduct a fact-finding hearing of
the charges and the written response of the accused.
iv. Witnesses for both the accuser and the accused may give testimony at the hearing.
v. The hearing may be in person or by telephone conference or some combination thereof,
as determined by the Board.
vi. After submission of all the evidence and the proper deliberations thereon, the Board
will make ultimate resolution of the dispute.
vii. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of those Board members present and voting shall be required
to remove the Member charged.
viii. If either party to the dispute is dissatisfied with the resolution of the dispute by the
Board, he/she may appeal the decision of the Board to the full Caucus. Such appeal
must be made in writing to the Board and lodged within fifteen (15) days of the decision
being appealed. The appeal will be heard at the next Caucus meeting more than
thirty (30) days after the Notice of Appeal.
ix. If the decision of the Board is appealed to the full Caucus, a two-thirds (2/3) vote of
those Caucus Members present and voting shall be required to overrule the decision of
the Board. Any Caucus vote less than the required two-thirds (2/3) will be deemed an
affirmation of the decision of the Board. No further appeal can or may be made from
the decision of the Caucus in such matters.
Section D: Finance
1. Raising and disbursement of funds
The Caucus neither raises nor disburses funds other than nominal dues and standard or
routine costs of meetings and events, which shall be promptly accounted for and
processed according to rules promulgated by the DSCC Finance Committee.
2. Dues
a. Dues shall be as follows, or more or less as later set by the Board, at its discretion.
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i. Regular Member: fifteen Twenty-Five Dollars ([$15$25)
ii. Shirley Chisholm Member: “Unbought and Unbossed”, twenty five dollars [$25] Student/Low-Income
Member: Fifteen Dollars ($15)
iii. Paul Wellstone Member: “The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party”, fifty dollars
[$50]
iv.iii. FDRSustaining Member: “…a New Deal for the American people”, help for the 99%!,
Ninety-Nine Dollars ($99)ninety nine dollars [$99]
b. Any individual claiming financial hardship may shall be excused from any dues requirement
for membership at the discretion of the Chair and/or the Board.
c. Dues shall are be renewable each year on the date of the Caucus Membership Meeting
held at the Annual State Convention. Multiple years may be paid in advance, absent prohibition
by the CDP and at the discretion of the Board.
d. Dues paid after January first [1st] eac after January 1 or each year or on or after the Annual
State Conventionh year will be considered payment throughexpire at the Convention
Meeting of the following year.
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Article III: Officers
Section A: Officers
1. The Officers of the Caucus shall be:
a. One (1) Chair
b. Three (3) Vice-Chairs
i. One (1) Northern Vice Chair
Northern Region shall consist of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa,
Sacramento, Calaveras, and Alpine counties and all counties North of these countiesAlameda,
Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El
Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada,
Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra,
Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.
ii. One (1) Central Vice Chair
Central Region shall consist of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Merced, Stanislaus, San
Joaquin, Tuolumne, and Mono counties on the north boundary and Santa Barbara,
Kern, Tulare, Fresno, and Mono counties on the south boundary and all counties in
betweenFresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San
Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Tulare,
and Tuolumne Counties.
iii. One (1) Southern Vice Chair
Southern Region shall consist of Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Inyo
counties and all counties south of these countiesImperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Orange,
Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura Counties.
c. One (1) Secretary
d. One (1) Treasurer
e. One (1) Parliamentarian
f. One (1) Communications and Media Officer
g. Two (2) Officers at Large
2. The Chair must be a member of the DSCC and shall be the DSCC Executive Board Representative of
the Caucus.
Section B: Duties of Officers
1. Chair: The Chair shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer and official voice of the Caucus, and
shall carry out the purpose of the Caucus. The Chair’s responsibilities shall also include, but will
not necessarily be limited too the following items:
a. The Chair shall preside over regular meetings of the Caucus Membership and E-Board.
b. The Chair shall endeavor to communicate monthly to the membership via newsletter.
c. The Chair shall uphold responsibilities prescribed to Caucus Chairs in the DSCC bylaws.
2. Vice Chairs: The Vice-Chairs shall assist the Chair in carrying out the Chair’s duties and serve as Sen-
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ior Representatives in their respective regions. These responsibilities shall also include but will not
necessarily limited to the following items:
a. Upon the Chair’s absence, one of the Vice Chairs shall serve as Chair, and will be selected
by the Chair on an ad-hoc basis.
b. Vice Chairs shall be responsible for overseeing the organizing their respective regions
as set forth in these Bylaws. Organizing activities shall include, but not be limited to
communication, outreach, education and advocacy for issues, projects and campaigns
promoted by the Caucus.
c. Vice Chairs shall appoint Leaders in their Regions based on Counties or Assembly Districts
to act as Point Persons for communicating events to the Caucus, and to assist in
duties as deemed necessary.
d. Vice Chairs shall report the progress of their regions to the Board at least once a
month and to the Membership at all Membership meetings.
3. Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for certifying all required communications of the Caucus.
These responsibilities shall include the following items:
a. Maintaining the Minutes of the meetings of the Caucus and the Executive Board
b. Certifying the Member list from the Treasurer, and maintaining the most current list of
Caucus Members, including those requesting hardship waivers.
c. Official Caucus correspondence including by email and U.S. Postal mail.
d. Serving as the Caucus Historian responsible for archiving documents and act as a repository
for records and actions of the Caucus, including but not limited to Minutes
and Agendas of meetings, Rules of Order, Standing Resolutions and signed Confidentiality
Agreements per Article III, Section C.3. This archive shall be stored in
a central location as referenced In Article IV, Section F.
e. The Secretary will maintain a current list of all Caucus related Logins, Passwords, URLs,
and all other account information required to access and maintain the functions that require
them, pursuant to Article IV, Section F, and share these with the Chair and Communications
Officer.
4. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall take custody of and account for all funds raised by the Caucus
consistent with the procedures of the DSCC . These responsibilities shall include the following
items:
a. Submiting listing of dues-paying members, caucus budgets and financial reports as required
by the Bylaws of the Caucus and the DSCC.
b. Directing the Member registration process at Conventions and E-Board Meetings, including
coordinating sign-in lists and required staffing; the Treasurer will be assisted in
these duties by other Officers as required.
5. Parliamentarian: Except as specifically stated herein in Article VI, Section A, 1, the Parliamentarian
is the authority for issues of procedure, especially with respect to Roberts Rules of Order
and disputes over motions, priority, etc. The Parliamentarian shall be a Member of and serve as
Chair of the Progressive Caucus Bylaws Committee.
6. Communications and Media Officer: Shall maintain the Caucus website, moderate and maintain
the Caucus Listservs and send out Press Releases as required. The Communications and Media
Officer shall maintain a list of contact information for media contacts and elected officials. The
Communications and Media Officer shall also be responsible for Caucus communication of Official
Caucus business with social media channels.
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The duties of the Officers are as follows:
1. Chair: The Chair shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer and official voice of the Caucus, and
shall carry out the purpose of the Caucus. The Chair shall preside over regular meetings of the
Caucus membership and its E-oard. The Chair shall endeavor to communicate monthly to the
membership via newsletter.
2.Vice Chairs: The Vice-Chairs shall assist the Chair in carrying out the Chair s duties and shall serve as
Chair in the Chair s absence. The Chair shall designate one of the Vice Chairs to serve in the
absence of the Chair. Vice Chairs shall oversee the counties of their respective regions as set
forth in these Bylaws. Vice Chairs shall serve as Senior Representative in their respective regions
and be responsible for overseeing the organizing of their regions. Organizing activities shall include,
but not be limited to communication, outreach, education and advocacy for issues, projects
and campaigns promoted by the Caucus. Vice Chairs shall appoint Leaders in their Regions
based on Counties or Assembly Districts to act as Point Persons for communicating events to the
Caucus, and to assist in duties as deemed necessary. Vice Chairs shall report the progress of
their regions to the Board at least once a month and to the Membership at all Membership
meetings.
3.Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining the minutes of the meetings of the
Caucus and the Executive Board and shall maintain current lists of Caucus Members. The Secretary
shall also serve as the Caucus Historian being responsible for archiving documents and actions
of the Caucus including minutes and agendas of meetings, rules of order and standing resolutions.
The Secretary shall be responsible for Caucus correspondence including official Caucus
communications by email and U.S. Postal mail. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be responsible
for Member registration at conventions and E-oard meetings.
4.Treasurer: The Treasurer shall take custody of and account for all funds raised by the Caucus consistent
with the procedures of the DSCC and shall submit budgets and financial reports as required
by the Bylaws of the Caucus and the DSCC. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be responsible for
Member registration at conventions and E-oard meetings.
5.Parliamentarian: Except as specifically stated herein in Article VI, Section A, 1, the Parliamentarian
is the authority for issues of procedure, especially with respect to Roberts Rules of Order and
disputes over motions, priority, etc. Bylaws
6.Communications Media Officer: Shall maintain the Caucus website, moderate and maintain the
Caucus Listservs and send out Press Releases as required. The Communications Media Officer
shall maintain a list of contact information for media contacts and elected officials.
7. Officers at Large: The Officers at Large shall have such duties as the Board shall decide.
Section C: Election of Officers
1. All Officers shall be elected by secret ballot at the Membership Meeting of the Caucus held
at the State Convention in odd numbered years.
2. Those who wish to run for office must be Members in good standing of the Caucus defined as
meeting the criteria outlined in Article II, Section C, of these Bylaws for a minimum of thirty (30)
days prior to the date of the election and must file Notice of their intent to run for office
in writing by email to the Board at info@ProgressiveCaucusCDP.org or by U.S. Postal Mail to
the Secretary of the Board at the an mailing address specified in the Appendixnoted on the Caucus
web site in either case not later than thirty (30) days prior to the election. Late nominations,
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including nominations from the floor, shall be accepted only if no timely Notices of intent to run
for a particular office have been filed, or all those who have timely filed have either withdrawn
their nominations or have failed to appear in person.
3. Candidates for office must complete an Officer Candidate Application and agree to the requirements
of the position and of the terms of all Officers as are set forth under Article III in
these Bylaws. Candidates must also sign a Confidentiality Agreement, to be provided along
with each Candidate Application. The Candidate Application and Confidentiality Agreement
must be provided to a candidate within 10 days of receiving that Candidate’s intent
to run.
4. Candidates for office may only file for one position.
5. Those who wish to vote in the Officer elections must be Members in good standing, defined as
meeting the criteria outlined in Article II, Section C, of these Bylaws, at the time specified for
voting.
6. The Board shall endeavor to send a reminder to the membership of the approaching filing deadline
not later than forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the election.
Section D: Term of Office and Vacancies
1. The term of office shall be for two years or until a successor is elected.
2. A vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the Caucus Chair and ratified by a majority vote of
all Officers present and voting until a vote by the membership can be held to fill the vacancy
at the next scheduled Caucus Meeting providing the requirement for sufficient Notice has been
met as set forth in these Bylaws.
Section E: Executive Board
1. Attendance:
a. Attendance at all scheduled Board meetings and Caucus Membership meetings whether in
person or via other conferencing technologies is required of all Officers except by prior approval
of the Chair and/or Board.
b. If a Board member has a genuine conflict and has notified the Chair at least 48 hours in advance,
an absence may be excused upon review and approval of the Chair and the Board.
c. In the case of an emergency where the Officer is unable to notify the Chair of an absence in
advance, all efforts should be made to notify as soon as possible.
2. Removal of Officers:
a. An Officer may be removed from office with cause for any of the following causes reasons
by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board, excluding the Officer who is subject to the removal
vote or, if appealed, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership in attendance at any
scheduled Caucus Membership meeting if, during his/her term of office, said Officer:
i. Violates, or fails to perform the duties of the office or fulfill responsibilities under these
Bylaws or the Bylaws of the DSCC,
ii. Causes harm to the reputation and/or financial standing of the Caucus,
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iii. Publicly avows preference for another political party,
iv. Publicly gives support to or avows a preference for a candidate nominated by another
party,
v. Engages in conduct that would cause embarrassment or damage to the reputation of
the Caucus,
vi. In any way causes harm or disruption to the Caucus, or by acting in a manner contrary
to the stated goals of the Caucus, or
vi.vii. Threatens or otherwise causes physical harm or harassment to another officer or
other Caucus Member.or
viii.ails to perform the duties of the office.
b. Procedure for Removal by Vote: In the event the removal is for reasons stated in section a.
above, an officer may be removed by the following procedure.
i. Written charges brought by no fewer than ten (10) Members of the Caucus, or by a
minimum of three (3) members of the Board shall be submitted to the Chair who will
notify the accused Officer, and all members of the Board of the charges. The Board,
excluding the Officer who is subject to a removal vote, shall then determine whether
the charges and the evidence supporting the charges are sufficient to justify proceeding
against the Officer.
1. If the Board finds, after a review, study and evaluation of evidence, that the evidence
is insufficient to warrant or justify proceedings, the charges shall be dismissed
by the Board.
2. If the Board finds, after a review, study and evaluation of evidence, that the evidence
is sufficient to warrant or justify proceedings against the accused Officer,
the Board shall hold a hearing, after due and timely Notice, to conduct a factfinding
hearing of the charges and the written response of the accused.
a. Witnesses for both the accuser and the accused may give testimony at hearing.
b. The hearing may be in person or via other conferencing technologies.
c. After submission of all the evidence and the proper deliberations thereon, the
Board will make ultimate resolution of the dispute.
d. A two-thirds (2/3) vote, of those Board members present and voting shall be
required to remove from office the Officer charged.
ii. If either party to the dispute is dissatisfied with the resolution of the dispute by the
Board, he/she may appeal the decision of the Board to the full Caucus. Such appeal
must be in writing and lodged within fifteen (15) days of the decision being appealed.
The appeal will be heard at the next Caucus meeting more than thirty (30) days after
the Notice of Appeal.
iii. If the decision of the Board is appealed to the full Caucus, a two-thirds (2/3) vote of
those Caucus Members present and voting shall be required to overrule the decision
of the Board. Any Caucus vote less than the required two-thirds (2/3) will be deemed
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an affirmation of the decision of the Board. No further appeal can or may be made
from the decision of the Caucus in such matters.
c. An officer removed for cause is ineligible for reelection or reappointment to the Board for
a minimum of the remainder of the current term. After this minimum requirement has
been met, the Board may restore eligibility.
d. An Officer will be automatically removed from office if, during his/her term of office, said
Officer:
iv. Ceases to be a registered Democrat,
v. Fails to pay Caucus membershipon-payment of Dues:
In the event of non-payment of Caucus dues, the Secretary shall notify the Officer of a
lapse by email and U.S. Postal Mail and the lapsed Officer shall be allowed thirty (30)
days after Notice to remedy non-payment of dues or file for economic hardship. If the
Board receives no response to the Notice, the Secretary shall certify that a Notice had
been sent and not responded to, and that therefore, the fact of non-payment of Caucus
dues is certified. Non-payment of Caucus membership dues shall constitute
automatic removal from office and require no further action, save for the cases
of economic hardship.
xii.vi. Has excessive unexcused absences
A. For purposes of determining absence, Board meetings must be Noticed a minimum
of ten (10) days in advance unless Notice is waived by the Officers.
Three (3) consecutive unexcused absences from scheduled and Noticed
Board meetings, whether in person or via other conferencing technologies,
and/or from scheduled and Noticed Caucus Membership Meetings, or any combination
thereof, shall be considered voluntary resignation and constitute automatic
removal from office with no further action required.
B. Eight (8) absences from any scheduled and Noticed meetings of the Board or the
Caucus Membership in any twelve (12) month period whether consecutive or
not and whether excused or not shall also constitute voluntary resignation
and require no further action. This rule may be waived on an individual
case-by-case basis by unanimous vote of the remaining members of the Board.
The Caucus Secretary shall certify non-attendance. The Board shall make all reasonable
efforts to accommodate all officers when scheduling meetings.
e. Procedure for Removal of Officer due to Absence:
i. The Secretary must give advance Notice to the Officer that their next absence will
result in removal.
ii. Chair announces pending removal into the Mminutes at a scheduled meeting of the
Board.
iii. Removal becomes effective upon Notice in the Minutes by the Chair.
iv. Board may waive an automatic removal in the case of absence by unanimous vote
of remaining Board Members present and voting at a scheduled meeting.
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v. Appeal to the membership.
1. Any Officer may appeal the decision of the Board to the full Caucus. Such
appeal must be made in writing to the Board and lodged within fifteen (15)
days of the decision being appealed. The appeal will be heard at the next
Caucus meeting more than thirty (30) days after the Notice of Appeal.
2. If the decision of the Board is appealed to the full Caucus, a two-thirds (2/3)
vote of those Caucus Members present and voting shall be required to overrule
the decision of the Board. Any Caucus vote less than the required twothirds
(2/3) will be deemed an affirmation of the decision of the Board. No
further appeal can or may be made from the decision of the Caucus in such
matters.
3. Pending outcome of an appeal to the membership, an Officer who has been
removed shall remain removed.
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Article IV: Procedures
Section A: Meetings
1. General Membership Meetings
a. All public meetings of the Caucus shall be open to all members of the Democratic Party
and members of the Press or invited guests regardless of economic status, class, race, color,
creed, age, ethnic identity, ethnicity, national origin, language, culture, gender, gender
identification, sexual orientation, religion, or disabilities as defined by the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, and shall be governed by the most recent edition of Robert’s
Rules of Order, Newly Revised, unless other procedures are specified in these Bylaws.
b. Caucus meetings shall be held every year at the Convention of the State Democratic Party
and during the weekend of the regularly scheduled meetings of the State Party Executive
Board and at such other times as the Board may call upon thirty (30) days Notice as set
forth in Article IV, Section D of these Bylaws.
c. A tentative agenda, together with the Minutes of the previous meeting, will be sent to
Members and posted to the website and official group discussion list at least ten (10) days
prior to any general membership meeting. Email delivery of the Agenda shall be considered
sufficient except in the case of Members without email whoich shall receive the
Agenda by U.S. Postal Service mail sent no later than ten [10] days before the general
membership meeting.
d.The Board will, at a minimum, meet on a quarterly basis to discuss the activities and business
of the Caucus. Meetings may be conducted .
e.Minutes of the Caucus Membership Meetings will be distributed via email to the embers
within thirty 30 days following each meeting of the Caucus. Minutes will be sent by
USPostal mail to s without email
2. Executive Board Meetings
a. The executive board will meet, at minimum, once every two months.
b. All executive board meetings require a quorum of officers to be present before official
business may be conducted.
c. Meetings may be conducted in person, by telephone or other conferencing technology.
d. A tentative agenda must be submitted to the officers no less than five (5) days prior to the
executive board meeting. The agenda must be ratified at the start of each board meeting.
e. All executive board meetings shall be governed by the most recent edition of Robert’s
Rules of Order, Newly Revised, unless other procedures are specified in these Bylaws.
f. Minutes of the executive board meetings shall be distributed, via email, to the officers by
the Secretary no more than five (5) days following each meeting of the executive board.
Section B: Quorum to Do Business
1. General Member Meetings: Ten percent (10%) of the voting Members or sixty (60) Members,
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whichever is less, at all scheduled meetings under Article IV, Section 1 shall be considered a
quorum to do business. While the Caucus may meet without a quorum, it may not do official
business or take a vote.
1.2. Executive Board Meetings: 60% of the Board Members in good standing must be present
at a properly Noticed Meeting to constitute a quorum to conduct business. While the Board may
meet without a quorum, it may not do official business or take a vote.
Section C: Amendments and Revisions to Bylaws
1. These Bylaws may be amended or revised by two-thirds (2/3) up or down vote of the Members in
good standing who are present and voting at a scheduled Caucus meeting, provided that:
a. The amendment or revision meets the requirements of and does not conflict with the
Bylaws of the DSCC when, in the case of a conflict, the Bylaws of the DSCC shall prevail;
b. A quorum is present; and
c. Notice of intent to amend or revise these Bylaws was been given to the Membership as
set forth in Article IV, Section D of these Bylaws at least thirty (30) days prior, or if the
Board certifies an emergency and states the grounds for such certification then at least
ten (10) days prior to the meeting where the amendment will be presented to the general
membership for approval and that a copy of the proposed changes / amendments is
provided with that Notice and at the meeting in which the vote is to take place. An
emergency amendment or revision of the Bylaws shall require a supermajority vote of
seventy-five percent (75%) of Members in good standing present and voting at the
meeting.
2. In the case of a conflict the Bylaws of the DSCC shall prevail.
3.2. (#2)Any Member in good standing may submit a proposal or multiple proposals for Bylaws
amendments or revisions. Such proposal(s) or requests for Bylaws amendments or revisions may
shall be submitted in writing by any ember in good standing to the Board Bylaws Committee by
way of the Parliamentarian via the Chair no later than sixty (60) days prior to the membership
meeting at which a vote is to be taken. On receipt of the request, the Bylaws Committee will review
and make a determination if the proposed amendment should be presented to the membership
for a vote.
Section D: Official Notice to Members
1. Email delivery shall be considered sufficient Notice for all purposes except in the case of Members
without email or Members which who have chosen not to receive Notice by email which
who shall shall receive official Notices by First-Class U.S. Postal Service mail.
2. All notices by the Caucus via email will be considered valid if:
a. The sender and receiver have both consented, in writing, to sending and receiving notice
in this manner, and consent may be implied if the receiver has given the caucus an
email address to use for otices;
b. The Notice was sent to or from the email address specified when giving consent, or most
recent email address specified on a subsequent Notice of Change of Address by sender
or receiver; and
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c. The obligation to inform and procedure for informing of any change in email address has
been specified in writing.
Section E: Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees
1. Committees with special and specific duties and responsibilities may be formed by majority vote
of the Officers present at any regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
2. There are two types of committees: Standing Committees and Special Committees:
a. Standing Committees
i. Definition of Standing Committees. Standing Committees are long-term and have a
specific set of requirements and responsibilities that may include the assignment
of an Officer’s responsibilities.
ii. Organization and Operation of Standing Committees.
1. Standing committees shall be governed by a set of standing rules or
agreements. These rules shall govern how the committee conducts its
business, and shall not exceed the authority provided by these Bylaws or
those of the DSCC. All standing rules must be approved by a majority vote
of the Executive Board.
2. If a standing committee is tasked with the responsibilities of an officer, that
officer shall be a committee member or its Chair and is ultimately responsible.
3. Standing committees shall maintain minutes of every official meeting,
whether in person or over long-distance medium. These minutes shall be
submitted to the Caucus Secretary to be stored along with other caucus
documents. Minutes shall also serve as written reports to the Executive
Board.
iii. Dissolution or Termination of Standing Committees. Standing committees shall be
dissolved for one of two reasons. The committee shall dissolve if the committee’s
membership determines the committee’s purpose has concluded. The committee
shall be terminated upon a simple majority vote of the executive board.
b. Ad-Hoc Committees. Special, or Ad-Hoc, Committees have a limited term and have responsibilities
over an issue or event that will expire.
i. Forming Ad-Hoc Committees
1. An Ad-Hoc Committee may form if 10 caucus members in good standing
come together around a specific, limited-term purpose.
2. These members must write and sign onto a formal proposal, for the proposed
Ad-Hoc Committee, to be sent to the Executive Board. The proposal
must include the purpose or mission of the Ad-Hoc Committee, a preliminary
strategy and a timeline.
3. A current officer must sign onto the formal proposal before being considered
by the Executive Board.
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4. A proposal shall be ratified upon a simple majority vote of the Executive
Board.
ii. Organization and Operation of Ad-Hoc Committees
1. The organization and operation of an Ad-Hoc Committee shall be based on
the terms laid out in the approved proposal.
2. The Sponsoring Officer shall report on Ad-Hoc Committee progress during
executive board meetings.
3. All official meetings of the Ad-Hoc Committee, whether in person or over
long distance mediumover other conferencing technologies, must have
recorded minutes. These minutes shall be submitted to the Caucus Secretary
to be stored along with other caucus documents.
iii. Dissolution and Termination of Ad-Hoc Committees. The approximate expiration
date shall be determined by the Board when the committee is formed. Ad-Hoc
Committee may be disbanded or extended at any time by a majority vote of the
officers present at any regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
3. The Committees will have a Chair whowhich may be elected by the committee members and approved
by the Board or, at the discretion of the Board, may be appointed by the Board.
2.4. Committee Members must be Members in good standing of the Caucus. Committees will
report their status and progress to the Officers on a regular basis.
Section F: Lists, Login Passwords and File Maintenance
1. Logins, passwords and any and all other secured information for maintenance of a function of the
Caucus shall be maintained by the Chair and Secretary and will be given to Officers or Committee
Chairs as needed to fulfill their functions.
2. The Officer or Committee Member who maintains the function will be responsible for keeping
the Logins and Passwords secure.
3. All logins, passwords and any and all other secured information must be shared with the Caucus
Secretary and any changes to the information must be reported to the Secretary within 24 hours
of any changes.
1.4.The Caucus Secretary must share all login and/or password information with the Caucus Chair
and Communications Officers within 24 hours of any changes.
5. Caucus files shall be stored on a medium that is simultaneously accessible to all authorized caucus
members.
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Article V. Endorsements and Resolutions
Section A: Endorsements
The Caucus, as a body constituted within the California Democratic Party and subject to its Bylaws,
shall make no independent endorsement of any candidate for public office unless that candidate
has been endorsed by the CDP through its endorsement process. This shall not bind any Member
of the Caucus from making an individual public endorsement of any candidate, whether endorsed
or not endorsed by the Party. Members of the Caucus who are also members of the DSCC should
take note of Article II, Section 9 of the DSCC Bylaws before acting in reliance upon the permissions
granted herein by the Caucus so far as its authority extends.
Section B: Resolutions
1. Introduction of Resolution
a. The following shall govern the submission of resolutions:
i. All resolutions must be typed.
ii. Proposed resolution must be provided to the Chair at least twenty-one (21) days in advance
of the meeting at which it is to be considered. Submission may be made via
email or postal mail.
iii. Whereas clauses must be limited to three or less and resolved clauses to two or less. iv.
All resolutions must contain an “action clause” indicating the action requested.
b. The Board shall:
i. Consider only those resolutions submitted by a Member in good standing of the Caucus.
ii. Combine similar resolutions by re-writing.
i.ii. Reject resolutions which repeat past positions unless substantially new actions are
proposed.
ii.iii. Only consider for endorsement state and local ballot measures qualified for the ballot
by the appropriate qualifying authority.
iii.iv. Notice the membership not less than seven (7) days prior to the membership meeting
where the resolution will be presented for a vote as set forth in Article IV, Section D of
these Bylaws. Notice shall include a full copy of the resolution to be proposed.
c. Except upon two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board, the Board shall not consider any
resolutions not in conformity with the foregoing rules.
d. Except as otherwise provided below, a resolution must first be presented to the Board.
e. For a resolution to be brought up directly on the floor of a Caucus meeting it must be
signed by 25 Members in good standing.
2. Passage of Resolution
a. A resolution approved by the Board shall be brought up automatically for consideration as
part of the Board Report at the next meeting of the Caucus.
b. A resolution not approved by the Board must meet the same signature requirements as
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one coming directly to the floor. These resolutions shall be considered during presentation
of the report of the Board at the next meeting of the Caucus.
c. No resolution shall be passed except upon sixty percent (60%) affirmative vote by Members
in good standing present and voting at a scheduled Caucus meeting.
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Article VI. Interpretation of Bylaws
Section A: Interpretation of BylawsQuestions Regarding Interpretation
1. Questions of interpretation of these Bylaws arising other than in the course of the meeting or requiring
resolution during the course of the meeting may be appealed in writing to the Board who
shall render its decision. The Parliamentarian shall advise the Board in such matters.
2. Questions of interpretation of these Bylaws requiring resolution at a meeting may be appealed
orally or in writing to the Parliamentarian. Any requests for amendment or revision of these Bylaws
must be presented as set forth in Article IV, Section C, of these Bylaws.
Section B: Decisions Regarding Interpretation
Decisions of the Board concerning interpretation of these Bylaws may be appealed to the membership
whose decision shall be final. A vote of two-thirds (2/3) of Members in good standing present and voting
is required to overturn the decision of the Board.
Article VII. Anti-Discrimination Provisions
The Caucus is committed to non-discrimination on the basis of economic status, class, race, color, creed,
age, ethnic identity, ethnicity, national origin, language, culture, gender, gender identification, sexual
orientation, religion, or disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or any other
factor unrelated to membership and the mission of the Caucus. Any conduct by any official or official
body of the Caucus contrary to this non-discrimination commitment should immediately be brought to
the attention of the Board.
Article VIII. Previous Bylaws
Any and all constitutions and/or Bylaws heretofore governing this Caucus are hereby declared to
be superseded by these Bylaws.
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Certification of Caucus Officers
We, the Officers of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, hereby adopt the foregoing
Bylaws, consisting of _________ (___) pages, as the Bylaws of this caucus: ________________
________________: Chair ________________: Communications and Media Officer
________________: Vice Chair, North ________________: Parliamentarian
________________: Vice Chair, Central ________________: Officer at Large
________________: Vice Chair, South ________________: Officer at Large
________________: Secretary ________________: Treasurer
X ____________________ Date: _____________ ______________, Chair of the Progressive Caucus
X ____________________ Date: _____________ ______________, Secretary of the Progressive Caucus

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