Constitution of the St. Louis County Libertarian Central Committee
This Constitution was ratified at the regular meeting of the Central
Committee held at Maryland Heights, Missouri on Wednesday, September 15, 1993.
Modified: June 21, 1995 (Article 6, section 1; and Article 4, section 1)
Modified: March 24, 1999 (Article 6, section 2)
Modified: August 20, 2002 (Article 6, section 1; and Article 8, section 2)
ARTICLE I - NAME OF ORGANIZATION
This organization shall be known as the St. Louis County Libertarian
Central Committee, a subdivision of the Missouri Libertarian Party,
hereinafter referred to as the Central Committee.
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
The Central Committee shall consist of two (2) members from each
in St. Louis County to be elected in accordance with the statutes of the
State of Missouri.
ARTICLE III - POWERS AND DUTIES
Section 1. The Central Committee shall be the legal representative of
the Missouri Libertarian Party in St. Louis County. It shall be the duty of
the Central Committee to represent the interests of the Libertarian voters
in St. Louis County.
Section 2. The committeeman and committeewoman comprise the township
committee and these two officials have the responsibility of building a
strong party organization within their township. They are to represent the
views of party members in their township to the Central Committee. They
perform such other duties in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of
the Missouri Libertarian Party.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
(a) The officers of the Central Committee shall consist of a
Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, who are members of the central committee;
and a Secretary and a Treasurer, who may or may not be members of the
Committee. If either the Secretary or the Treasurer is not a member of the
Central Committee, then he or she shall have non-voting, ex-officio status.
(b) There shall be elected a Sergeant-at-arms.
(a) A parliamentarian shall be appointed by the Chairperson
and serve at his or her pleasure.
(b) The Chairperson may appoint additional officers, agents, or
employees and define their duties and powers, subject to the advice and
consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the Central Committee.
ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The Chairperson of the Central Committee shall preside at
meetings of the Central Committee and with such limitations as hereafter may
be prescribed, act for the Central Committee when it is not in session and
have the general direction and control of the campaigns and affairs of the
party in the County subject to the directions of the Central Committee. The
Chairperson shall distribute election credentials to duly elected
committeemen and committeewomen.
Section 2. The Vice-Chairperson of the Central Committee shall preside
over the Central Committee in the absence of the Chairperson and act as the
Chairperson in his or her absence.
Section 3. The Secretary shall maintain or assist in maintaining a
record of the meetings of the Central Committee. He or she shall attest to
the signature of the Chairperson to all calls and any other official
documents being necessary by the Central Committee. During the absence of
Secretary, the Chairperson shall appoint one of the members to act as
Secretary. All records of the Secretary are official records of the Central
(a) Except as hereinafter provided, the Treasurer shall receive
all money for the Central Committee, deposit same in a bank in the name of
the Central Committee. No payments shall be made by the Treasurer, except on
order of the Central Committee, provided however, the Treasurer shall be
authorized and directed to pay fixed and recurring operating expenses, as
defined by the Central Committee. In addition, the Treasurer shall be
authorized to make such further payments as the Chairperson shall direct in
writing, but not to exceed the sum of two hundred dollars ($200.00).
(b) The Treasurer shall keep a record of all receipts and
expenditures, report the balance on hand at each meeting of the Central
Committee, and file any statutory financial reports with the proper
(c) The Treasurer shall countersign all checks with the
Chairperson. The Central Committee may call upon the Treasurer at various
times during the calendar year for all the amounts of receipts and
disbursements and such other information as they may wish to view. The
treasurer may be required by the Central Committee to give bond in such sums
as may be required by the Central Committee.
(d) Nothing herein contained shall prohibit the Central
Committee from establishing special committees for special purposes such as
campaign committees, finance committees, dinner or other fund-raising
committees. The Treasurer of the Central Committee shall act as Treasurer
any such special committees.
Section 5. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be the peace officer of the
Central Committee, preserve order and perform the duties that pertain to
office and obey all orders of the Chairperson as directed by the Central
Section 6. The parliamentarian shall upon request give advice to the
Chair regarding matters of parliamentary procedure.
ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
Section 1. In compliance with governing Missouri state statutes, the Central
Committee shall meet in August of every even numbered year to perfect its
organization. This meeting shall be held in the County. At
least seven (7) days before a meeting is held, the incumbent Chairperson is
to notify the committee members-elect and the state Chairperson as to the
hour and place of the meeting. Notice is also required to be released to a
Section 2. Meetings of the Central Committee shall be held at a time
place to be determined by the members. The Chairperson shall notify the
Central Committee members in writing as to the date, hour and place of each
meeting at least seven (7) days before the meeting is to be held.
Section 3. Special meetings of the Central Committee shall be upon call
of the Chairperson whenever he or she thinks it to be in the interest of the
party or when requested to do so in writing by twenty-five percent (25%) of
the members of the Central Committee. The Chairperson shall call a special
meeting within seven (7) days from the date he or she receives the petition
Section 4. All meetings of the Central Committee, its Executive
Committee, and all other official party committees, commissions and bodies
created by the Central Committee shall be open to the public and votes shall
not be taken by secret ballot, except when a motion for a closed meeting or
for a secret ballot is adopted by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present
ARTICLE VII - QUORUM AND PROXIES
Section 1. A majority of the entire Central Committee, including
proxies, shall constitute a quorum.
Section 2. Proxies shall be allowed, but need not be notarized except
for voting upon election, retention or removal of officers. No person may
hold more than two (2) proxies at a time.
ARTICLE VIII - ELECTION, TERM AND QUALIFICATION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Nominations shall be individually; not by slate. Each
shall be nominated and voted on separately. If no candidate receives a
majority of those present and voting, a run-off election shall be held
between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.
Section 2. Officers shall hold office for two years, according to Missouri statutes
governing county committees, or until a new Central Committee has
been elected and their successors have been elected and qualified. However,
in the event of death, resignation, impeachment or disqualification, a new
election shall be held for those vacated offices at the next second
scheduled meeting of the Central Committee or at a special meeting called
for that purpose.
Section 3. No person shall be eligible to hold the office of
or vice-Chairperson while an incumbent partisan public office holder.
ARTICLE IX - IMPEACHMENT
Impeachment charges may be brought against an officer of the Central
Committee by any member at any regular or special meeting of the Central
Committee. The charges must show cause for removal from office. The officer
so charged shall be given the opportunity to reply to the charges and if not
present at the meeting at which charges are made, voting on the question
shall be deferred until the next regularly scheduled meeting. A majority
of the entire Central Committee shall be necessary to remove any officer of
the Central Committee.
ARTICLE X - CENTRAL COMMITTEE VACANCIES
Whenever any vacancy shall occur on the Central Committee, a majority of
the remaining Central Committee members shall have the power to fill such
vacancy by electing any qualified voter of the Missouri Libertarian Party
resides in the township to be represented. The recommendation of the
remaining Central Committee member from the township shall be given first
consideration. Such vacancy must be filled by the second next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Central Committee.
ARTICLE XI - COMMITTEES
The Chairperson shall appoint the following standing committees, and
other standing committees or special committees as he or she desires, with
the advice and consent of the Central Committee: Audit, Finance, Publicity
and County Council Liaison. Each such committee shall have as its
a member of the Central Committee, but may include persons who are not a
member of the Central Committee. The Central Committee shall establish the
rules, scope and purpose of each committee. No member of the Finance
Committee shall be a member of the Audit Committee.
ARTICLE XII - RULES OF ORDER
Meetings of the Central Committee shall be conducted according to
Robert's Rules of Order as most recently revised.
ARTICLE XIII - AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the
entire Central Committee, provided that any such proposed amendments shall
presented at a regular meeting and action taken at the succeeding regular
meeting. All members of the Central Committee shall be given notice in
writing as to the wording of the proposed amendments at least seven (7) days
prior to the meeting at which action is to be taken.
ARTICLE XIV - SPECIAL ELECTIONS
When voting to select a candidate for public office to run in a special
election, the Central Committee members voting shall each have one vote,
rather than using a weighted voting method.
ARTICLE XV - ADOPTION
This Constitution shall take effect upon approval of the majority of the