ARTICLE I. PURPOSE
1. Assist in the development of State Independent-Green & Emerald Parties.
2. Create a legally structured national Independent-Green Party Federation.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP AND THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE
The term “state” as used in these bylaws shall refer to any state, commonwealth, district or territory entitled to voting representation or non-voting delegate status in the United States House of Representatives.
2. National Committee
The National Committee of the Independent-Green Party of the United States shall consist of representatives appointed by state parties.
The National Committee shall be the final decision-making body of the Independent-Green Party of the United States, second only to the National Officer Committee which merely organizes the national committee vote agenda.
The National Committee shall approve a platform structuring process that encourages & facilitates discussion & debate among Independent-Greens at all levels, mass voting in each even numbered year to consider amendments to the platform shall be facilitated by the national o cers. The presidential nominating convention of the Independent-Green Party is the delegated decision-making body responsible for nominating the national Independent-Green Party’s presidential & vice presidential candidates & approving the Independent-Green Party’s national platform in those years in which it convenes.
Meeting of the National Committee & the nominating convention may be attended by Independent-Greens who are not voting representatives or delegates. A delegate to the National Committee may cast an additional vote at a National Conference in place of an absent delegate, as long as the total number of votes cast for that state does not exceed its total allowed votes on the National Committee, or twice the number of voting delegates in attendance. The apportionment to the various state parties of delegates to the National Committee shall be determined by rules established by the National Committee & incorporated into a Rules document separate from these Bylaws. The goal of IGPUS usage of Robert's Rules of Order in governing our committees is to structure the debate & passage of proposals that win approval through majority vote.
ARTICLE III. COMMITTEES Section 3-1 Authority
3-1.1 To establish a new committee, a Mission Statement describing each committee’s general mission & duties & responsibilities must be approved by the National Committee by a majority vote.
3-1.2 In conjunction with or after the establishment of a new committee, the National Committee shall approve Committee Rules, that will guide each committee’s internal operations & decision-making. Until the adoption of such Rules a Committee may meet, but may not conduct internal committee elections nor make proposals to the National Committee.
Section 3-2 Membership
3-2.1 A Committee Member shall be entitled to participate in the decision making process of the Committee, including the discussion & vote on any question before the committee.
3-2.2 Each committee may have up to three members from each state Independent-Green Party, unless otherwise specified by the National Committee in a committee’s Committee Rules. To be considered active for the purposes of submitting proposals to the National Committee, a committee must have members from at least five states.
3-2.3 All committee members must be appointed according to written, democratically derived state party rules that provide for a fair, open & transparent appointment process.
3-2.4 The length of term of committee membership shall be for one year, once an appointment is reported to & acknowledged by the IGPUS Secretary, with a grace period of two months. To serve an additional term, a committee member must be renamed by their state party in a letter sent to the IGPUS Secretary.
3-2.5 State parties may establish term limits for their own appointments.
3-2.6 A state party may recall or remove a member, or otherwise terminate a committee appointment, if done according to democratically derived state party or caucus rules that provide for fair, open & transparent process.
Section 3-3 Committee Chairs
3-3.1 All IGPUS committees shall have a Chair & Vice-Chair who serve staggered two-year terms, unless otherwise specified by the National Committee in the Committee Rules. Committees are urged to provide for gender balance & geographic diversity among the chairs & other o cers serving the Committees.
Section 3-4 Internal Elections
3-4.1 All committees shall conduct internal elections by Instant Run-O Voting & Ranked Choice Voting.
ARTICLE IV. NATIONAL OFFICER COMMITTEE
Section 4-1 Mission & Authority
The National Officer Committee shall serve as an administrative committee on behalf of the IGPUS to carry out the duties & responsibilities described in this Article.
Section 4-2 Duties & Responsibilities
4-2.1 Oversee the primary day-to-day business and operations of the IGPUS.
4-2.2 Oversee paid personnel, including contractors.
4-2.3 Oversee clearinghouse operations & publications.
4-2.4 Administer IGPUS fundraising & expenditures, & review recommendations by the Treasurer & Finance Committee on financial matters.
4-2.5 Administer other aspects of the day-to-day business & operations of the IGPUS as necessary, subject to any limitations in the party’s governing documents and/or responsibilities that are within the jurisdiction of other committees as defined in their in their Mission Statements.
4-2.6 Administer proposals submitted for National Committee consideration.
4-2.7 Facilitate, coordinate, & assist the activities of Standing & Ad Hoc Committees of the IGPUS, including but not
necessarily limited to:
4-2.7(a) Supporting committees to enable quality, accurate & effective committee work;
4-2.7(b) Maintaining regular communications with committee chairs & when applicable, other committee designees;
4-2.7(c) Tracking & participating in day-to-day committee activities via listserves & meetings;
4-2.7(d) Eliciting & receiving written reports from committees for distribution to the National Committee;
4-2.7(e) Making task assignments to committees that are in keeping with their Mission Statements;
4-2.7(f) Facilitating communication between Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, the National O cer Committee & the National Committee;
4-2.7(g) Assuring compliance with committee Mission Statements, Rules, Policies & Procedures.
4-2.8 Publish a list of potential proposals to the National Committee on a semi-annual basis, including any required by the Bylaws, Rules and Procedures, Fiscal Policy, Presidential Convention Rules, and/or by resolution of the National Committee, together with the schedule of internal elections & other mandated decisions.
4-2.9 Gather information, report emerging problems and opportunities to the National Committee, & make recommendations & proposals to the National Committee based on those reports.
4-2.10 Carry out directives from the National Committee that do not conflict with this Article or are otherwise consistent with the party’s governing documents.
4.2.11 Choose the location & date of the IGPUS Annual National Meeting (except in years where the Annual National Meeting coincides with the IGPUS Presidential Nominating Convention) by voting upon a proposal submitted to the National O cer Committee by the Annual National Meeting Committee. (This text & the authority it authorizes sunsets after choosing the location & date of the 2023 Annual National Meeting, after which authority to choose the location & date reverts to the National Committee.)
4-2.12 Approve statements & issue endorsements consistent with the IGPUS Platform.
4-2.13 Solicit legal advice as necessary on behalf of IGPUS.
4-2.14 Propose amendments to the IGPUS governing documents & to the National O cer Committee Rules, Policies & Procedures to facilitate the Mission, Duties & Responsibilities of the National O cer Committee as defined in this Article.