Senate District 60 Constitution
(Amended 2-7-2013) (download pdf)
The Republican Party of Minnesota Senate District 60 welcomes the participation of all citizens of Minnesota Senate District 60 who are concerned with the implementation of honest, efficient, and responsive government. The party believes in the equality of all, as stated in the Declaration of Independence. Therefore, it is the party committed to equal representation and opportunity for all and preservation of the rights of each individual. It is the purpose of this constitution to ensure that the party provides for full participation with equal opportunity for all citizens of Minnesota Senate District 60.
The name of this organization shall be the Republican Party of Senate District 60 of the State of Minnesota, the basic political organization unit, hereinafter referred to as "the BPOU" or “the Senate District”.
Purpose & Jurisdiction
Section 1: The purpose and objectives of the Senate District shall be the maintenance and advancement of good government according to the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Minnesota through the promotion within Senate District 60 of the purposes and objectives of the National Republican Party and the Republican Party of Minnesota. The purpose of this Constitution and its Bylaws is to establish the authority of the Senate District to conduct and transact business throughout the defined Senate District area. This Constitution’s authority shall take precedence over the Senate District’s Bylaws.
Section 2: The purposes and duties of the Senate District shall include those imposed by law and custom upon official party committees. In addition the BPOU/Senate District shall:
A) Organize or cause to be organized each precinct in Senate District 60;
B) Encourage the formation of affiliate Republican groups, and cooperate with and coordinate their activities;
C) Assist in conducting campaigns for the adoption of laws, and for the election of qualified Republican candidates for public office; and
D) Administer the affairs of the Party within the BPOU/Senate District.
Senate District Membership
The membership of this BPOU/Senate District shall be composed of all citizens eligible to vote in Senate District 60 who wish to be affiliated with the Republican Party and who support the purposes and objectives of the Republican Party.
Management & Structure
Section 1: The management of the Senate District shall rest with the Senate District 60 Executive Committee, subject to the direction of the State Central Committee, the State Executive Committee, the Fifth Congressional District Committee, the Senate District Convention, the State Party Constitution, Senate District 60 Constitution and applicable state statutes of law.
Section 2: The Senate District 60 Executive Committee shall be composed of the Senate District Chair, Senate District Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, one (1) House District Chair for each of the House Districts, and State Central Delegate(s) or Alternate(s). The duties and responsibilities of each of the Executive Officers are defined in the Senate District’s Bylaws.
Senate District Elections & Appointments
Section 1: The Senate District’s Executive Committee shall be elected to a one year term by the Delegates to the yearly Senate District Convention.
A) The Senate District shall elect the Senate District Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and State Central Delegate(s) or Alternate(s) at large.
B) A caucus of their respective House Districts shall elect the House District Chairs and the House District Deputy Chairs.
C) The Chairs for the Standing Committees, Congressional District Representatives and Alternates and Minneapolis Republican City Committee Representatives shall be nominated by the Senate District’s Chair and approved by the Senate District’s Executive Committee.
Section 2: Officers of each precinct may consist of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary, elected to a two-year term at the even-numbered year General Caucus, in compliance with State Statute. In the event a precinct fails to elect any officer(s) at this caucus, the Senate District’s Executive Committee may appoint individuals to fill the vacancy in that precinct.
Section 3: A nominating committee may be appointed by the Senate District’s Executive Committee in advance of the Senate District Conventions, for the purpose of nominating candidates for various Senate District positions. This does not prohibit nominations from the floor.
Senate District Meetings
Section 1: Requirements:
A) Senate District’s Full Committee/Regular Meetings: The Executive Committee may establish a calendar of regular meetings provided that written notice(s) are sent to the members of the Senate District. The Senate District shall meet at a minimum of four (4) times per year not including the Senate District’s annual and Mid-year Conventions.
B) Senate District’s Executive Committee Meetings: The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the Senate District’s Chair or Deputy Chair, at the request of any five (5) members of the Executive Committee, or at the request of 25% of the District’s Precinct Caucus Delegates. Three (3) days verbal or written notice shall be provided to members of the Executive Committee.
1.) A quorum of the Senate District’s Executive Committee shall be established with 51% of elected Executive Committee members.
2.) A quorum at the Senate District’s Full Committee/Regular Monthly Meeting(s) shall be established with 10% of the District’s Precinct Caucus Delegates for the purpose of transacting Senate District’s business.
3.) A quorum at the Senate District’s Convention(s) shall be determined by the Convention’s Official Rules.
Section 2: "Robert's Rules of Order, Revised" shall govern the proceedings of all meetings and conventions.
Senate District Conventions
Section 1: Senate District Conventions shall be held each year during the period and for the purpose designated by the Official Call issued by the State Executive Committee, the State Central Committee, or the Fifth Congressional District. The time and place of these conventions to be determined by the Senate District’s Executive Committee. Special Senate District Conventions shall be held at the call of the aforementioned groups, or at the discretion of the majority of the Senate District’s Executive Committee, provided that a minimum of ten (10) days written notice to be sent to each delegate and alternate.
Section 2: If events warrant a Special Election to public office, an emergency Endorsing Convention may be held at the call of the Senate District’s Chair and Deputy Chair, or at the discretion of the majority of the Senate District’s Executive Committee. A notice of not less than five (5) days shall be given to delegates and alternates. They shall be held for the sole purpose of endorsing a candidate for office.
Section 3: Delegates and Alternates to the State and Congressional Republican District Conventions shall be elected at large at the Senate District’s Convention(s) in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota and the State Republican Constitution, and shall continue as such until their successors are elected. At any time subsequent to the convening of Senate District, Congressional District or State Conventions, the Senate District’s Chair and Deputy Chair shall fill vacancies in any delegation from among the duly elected alternatives of the Senate District. If the Senate District’s Chair and Deputy Chair cannot agree, are both absent, or are not elected as Convention Delegates/Alternates, the vacancies shall be filled by a majority vote of the seated delegates of the Senate District.
(A) 2 of the allotted state delegate positions and 2 of the allotted congressional delegate positions will be automatically awarded to the Senate District Chair and Deputy Chair.
Section 4: A motion to endorse will be in order at any of the Senate District’s Convention(s) in the years when these elections occur. This motion must carry by a majority vote.
A) The Senate District’s Convention(s) may endorse a candidate for office of State Senator. Endorsement shall be by sixty (60) percent of the voting strength of the convention. The last credentials report prior to each ballot shall govern the voting strength.
B) A Sub-Caucus of the Senate District’s Convention(s) or a separate convention of the delegates from State House Districts 60A or 60B may each endorse a candidate for State Representative. However, if the endorsement is by a separate convention, the agenda of said convention shall be limited to the endorsement of these candidates only. Endorsement shall be by sixty (60) percent of the voting strength of the sub-caucus or convention. The last credentials report prior to each ballot shall govern the voting strength.
C) A Senate District’s Convention may provide for a non-binding advisory endorsement to candidates for District, State or Federal office. Endorsement shall be by sixty (60) percent of the voting strength of the convention. The last credentials report prior to each ballot shall govern the voting strength.
Vacancies and Removals
Section 1: Vacancies in precinct offices may be filled by appointment of the Executive Committee or, if so directed, by a caucus of Republicans in the affected precinct. Should vacancies occur in the Executive Committee, replacements may be nominated by the Senate District’s Chair and approved by the Senate District’s Executive Committee.
Section 2; An officer of the Executive Committee may be removed from office by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any meeting of the seated committee members provided that the officer in question be furnished with a ten (10) day notice, in writing, of the charges that may warrant removal. Further, the officer in question shall be entitled to respond to these charges in person or in writing prior to the vote to remove.
Section 3: If a member of the Executive Committee is absent without cause from more than two (2) consecutive meetings, this person shall be subject to the removal provisions outlined in Section two (2) of this Article.
Section 4: It is the duty of all Executive Committee members to support Republican endorsed candidates. Should any member of this body actively and publicly campaign against a Republican endorsed candidate, that member may be removed from the Executive Committee in accordance with the provisions of Article VIII, Section 2.
Section 5: Any elected member of the Executive Committee who announces their candidacy for City, State or Federal elected public office shall be placed on an immediate leave of absence. The aforementioned candidate shall remain on a leave of absence until he or she is no longer a candidate for public office.
Constitutional and Bylaws Amendments
Section 1: This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at any of the Senate District’s Conventions, provided the proposed amendment(s) are first referred to an appointed Constitution Committee, and the Official Convention Call will indicate the constitutional amendments being considered.
Section 2: The Senate District’s Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Senate District’s Full Committee, provided either notice of such amendment shall have been given at the preceding meeting of the Full Committee or a written notice of the proposed amendment is included in the Senate District’s meeting notice.