WE, THE MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR PARTY, IN
ARTICLE I: GENERAL PRINCIPLES
SECTION 1: [NAME] The name of this organization is the Saint Paul DFL.
SECTION 2: [POLICIES]
Subsection A: [General Rules & Policies] General rules and policies stated in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Calls of the Fourth Congressional District (4CD) DFL, the Minnesota DFL, and the National Democratic Party shall govern the Saint Paul DFL, if clearly applicable. These policies include, but are not limited to, affirmative action, qualifications for voting, election of and voting for delegates, convention and meeting registration fees, endorsements, and preparation/issuance/distribution of DFL sample ballots.
[AFFIRMATIVE ACTION] THE GOAL OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS TO BRING
[AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OFFICER] THE
Subsection B: [Conventions and Delegate Selection] The general rules and policies governing conventions and delegates as stated in the Constitutions, Bylaws, and Calls of the 4CD DFL and of the Minnesota DFL shall govern the St. Paul DFL.
[Ongoing Resolution Process] The platform of the St. Paul DFL shall be a
declaration of the basic principles for which the party stands and statements
of specific positions on important public policy issues as the affect the City
BYLAW C: [PUBLIC
POLICY COMMITTEE] THE ST. PAUL DFL
CENTRAL COMMITTEE SHALL APPOINT MEMBERS TO A PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY
PERSON NOT ATTENDING A PRECINCT CAUCUS OR A WARD CONVENTION
ARTICLE II: SUBORDINATION
SECTION 1: [SUPERIOR DOCUMENTS] This Constitution and any Bylaws adopted pursuant to it are subordinate to the 4CD DFL and the Minnesota DFL Constitution and Bylaws. Matters not specifically governed by this Constitution or its Bylaws, but provided for in the superior documents, shall be given effect based on the superior documents if the provisions in question clearly apply to the St. Paul DFL. If there is a conflict between specific provisions of this document and general provisions of superior documents, the provisions of this document shall apply unless that superior document clearly prohibits such application.
SECTION 2: [SUBORDINATE BODIES] St. Paul Ward Conventions and organizations and operations of sub-municipal central committees, commissions, and clubs, if any, shall be subject to this Constitution and its Bylaws.
ARTICLE III: PARTY ORGANIZATIONS
SECTION 1: [SAINT PAUL DFL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE] The Saint Paul Executive Committee shall consist of: a Chair; an Associate Chair; a Secretary; a Treasurer; an Affirmative Action Officer; a Fundraising Coordinator; two Ward Coordinators from each ward; and twelve directors.
The directors shall be elected in the following manner: two shall be elected by the St. Paul City Convention from amongst those DFL elected and endorsed public officials residing in St. Paul, two shall be selected by the 4CD DFL Central Committee; and eight shall be elected at the St. Paul DFL Business Conference pursuant to Article IV, Section 8.
THE ST. PAUL DFL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
BYLAW B: [EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS] THE ST. PAUL DFL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SHALL MEET AT LEAST QUARTERLY. A QUORUM SHALL CONSIST OF 30% OF THE MEMBERS.
The Chair and Associate Chair shall be of opposite gender. No more than one-half of the at-large members shall be of the same gender.
THE CHAIR SHALL BE EMPOWERED TO CONVENE
[SAINT PAUL DFL CENTRAL COMMITTEE] The St. Paul DFL Central Committee shall
include the St. Paul DFL Executive Committee and those members of the 4CD DFL
Central Committee residing in the City of
Between conventions, the St. Paul DFL Central
Committee may declare and fill vacancies among party officers according to
A quorum shall consist of 30% of the elected delegates.
BYLAW A: [Meetings] Committee Meetings may be called by either the Chair or Associate Chair; by one-eighth of the Central Committee’s membership; by a majority of the Executive Committee; or by the 4CD Chair.
BYLAW B: The St. Paul DFL Central Committee shall meet at least three times a year.
SECTION 4: [WARD ORGANIZATIONS]
Subsection A: [Ward Central Committee Composition] The Central Committee of each ward will be composed of those members of the City Central Committee who reside in the ward; the officers of the precincts from within the ward; and any other positions named by that ward’s constitution.
Subsection B: [Ward Executive Committee Composition] The Ward Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers elected to ward-wide positions at the ward convention; the members of the City Executive Committee who reside within the ward; and any other positions named in the ward’s constitution as members of that Ward’s Executive Committee.
Subsection C: [Ward Coordinators] The chief administrative officers within each ward shall be the two Ward Coordinators. They shall have a two-year term and be of opposite gender. Ward constitutions may create other offices within the ward party structure.
SECTION 5: [VACANCIES & DISMISSALS] In the case of a vacancy in any city-wide positions, the vacancy shall be filled by the St. Paul DFL Central Committee.
When a vacancy occurs in the post of Ward Coordinator and when the Ward Central Committee has not filled that vacancy within 60 Days, then the City DFL Chair shall be authorized to convene a meeting of the Ward Central Committee. Should the Ward Central Committee not choose a successor, the City Chair shall be authorized to appoint an interim coordinator until such time as one is chosen by the Ward Central Committee.
Party officers may be dismissed by the St. Paul DFL Central Committee for cause only on the grounds of clear malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office – using the same procedure outlined in the State DFL Constitution.
ARTICLE IV: SPECIAL ENDORSING COMMISSIONS (CONVENTIONS)
SECTION 1: [CALL] The St. Paul DFL Central Committee shall issue the Call for all special endorsing commissions (conventions) provided for in this Constitution.
SECTION 2: [CONVENTION FACILITIES/NOTICES/SERVICES]
All St. Paul DFL Convention facilities shall be handicapped
accessible. To be considered
handicapped-accessible, the site, including convention hall, dias, meeting
rooms, and rest rooms, shall meet City of
Every convention notice shall include an announcement advising participants of the availability of special accommodations due to disability, e.g. material in large print; audio-tape; interpreters; attendants; etc. This notice shall include a phone number, the name of the contact person and a deadline by which such accommodations must be requested.
Subsection B: [Child Care] All St. Paul Conventions shall provide child care for delegates attending the function.
SECTION 3: [WARD CONVENTIONS] The business of the Ward Conventions shall include: the consideration of endorsement for city council; election of two Ward Coordinators/Alternate Coordinators; election of delegates/alternates to the City Convention; election of representatives of the City Convention Committees; and consideration of platform resolutions.
WARD CONVENTIONS SHALL BE HELD IN
SECTION 4: [WARD CONVENTION DELEGATES/ALTERNATES] Delegates and alternates elected at the most recent city precinct caucuses shall be the delegates and alternates to the Ward Conventions. The delegate/alternate formula for each precinct will be based on the formula outlined in the St. DFL Constitution.
Members of the St. Paul DFL Executive Committee
(as defined in Article
DFL elected officials that reside within the ward and who were endorsed by the DFL during the most recent election cycle for their current position shall be delegates. This provision will cover federal, state, county and local elected government positions.
PRECINCT DELEGATES ELECTED ANYWHERE WITHIN THE
BYLAW B: THE CONVENERS OF EACH WARD CONVENTION SHALL ARRANGE THE FIRST MEETING OF WARD CONVENTION COMMITTEES.
THE ST. PAUL DFL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
[COMMITTEE MEMBERS] MEMBERS OF
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PRECINCT DELEGATES FOR A PARTICULAR YEAR FOR
INDIVIDUALS ELECTED AT THE MOST RECENT WARD CONVENTIONS TO SERVE AS
DELEGATES/ALTERNATES TO THE
In addition, members of the St. Paul DFL Executive Committee (as defined
SECTION 7: [DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST] All committees chairs must disclose any conflict of interest they may have, regarding serving in a management function for any candidate or issue.
SECTION 8. [
persons eligible to vote at the Business Conference will be the current members
of the St. Paul DFL Central Committee and all City of
Business: The agenda of the Business Conference will include the following items:
1. Election of the following city party officers: Chair, Associate Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Affirmative Action Officer, Fundraising Coordinator and eight at-large members of the St. Paul Executive Committee.
2. Discussion of issues.
3. Training and outreach.
4. Party building.
The Business Conference may not adopt amendments to this Constitution and Bylaws, and may not amend the city platform. However, the Business Conference may recommend any of the above for consideration at the next city convention.
SECTION 9: [FINANCES] All money collected for the City Precinct Caucuses, Ward Conventions, or City Convention shall be accounted for. The respective organization's treasurer shall be responsible for these funds.
Funds in excess of expenses shall be used to publicize and organize future City Caucus and convention processes.
Any registration fee for a City or Ward Convention is always voluntary and must be stated.
A specific Affirmative Action and Public Policy budget shall be established by the Central Committee.
[ACCOUNTANT PRO TEMP] THE
[REVENUE SOURCES] WHENEVER A CONVENTION PASSES A RESOLUTION OR
MOTION THAT REQUIRES MATERIAL OR SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED TO DELEGATES DURING
THE CAUCUS-CONVENTION CYCLE, THAT MOTION OR RESOLUTION MUST DESIGNATE A REVENUE
SOURCE THAT WILL COVER THE
ARTICLE V: AMENDMENT PROCESS
SECTION 1: [AMENDMENTS] This Constitution may be amended by a 60% vote of any Convention of the St. Paul DFL where consideration of the Constitution is indicated as part of the CALL.
to the Constitution may be adopted and amended by a 60% vote of the
Bylaws concerning matters not expressly governed by and not in conflict with this Constitution may be adopted by a 60% vote of the St. Paul DFL Central Committee members voting on the question provided that a quorum is present; and further provided that such Bylaws were considered at a prior meeting of the St. Paul DFL Central Committee and a notice of intent to consider Bylaws were included in the meeting notice.
LIST OF DUTIES FOR DFL
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/MEMBERSHIP BUILDING: DEVELOPS, IMPLEMENTS
>>OPEN MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE.
FUND RAISING: OVERSIGHT FOR FUND RAISING EFFORTS;
>>OPEN MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE.
WORKS WITH DFL ELECTED OFFICIALS; OVERSEES LABOR RELATIONS BY
WORKING WITH LABOR ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE COMMUNICATIONS