BY-LAWS OF THE
PISCATAQUIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE
Sec. 1.0 Name
The name of this committee shall be “The Piscataquis County Republican Committee” hereinafter called “County Committee”.
Sec. 2.0 Membership
Sec. 2.1 Qualifications for Membership
All members of the County Committee shall be enrolled Republicans.
Sec. 2.2 Ex-Officio Members
All elected County Republican office holders, the Republican State Senator
and the Republican State Representatives representing Piscataquis County shall
be full members of the County Committee Ex-Officio. Town Chairs and sitting
county executive officers are defacto members.
Sec. 2.3 Appointment and Apportionment
Other members shall be appointed by each Republican Town Committee
in the County according to the following formula: One (1) member for every
Three Hundred (300) enrolled Republicans or portion thereof in the respective
towns as of the date used by the Maine Republican Party when setting the
number of Delegates to the Republican State Convention.
Sec. 2.4 Membership At Large
The County Committee may, if it deems advisable, appoint members at large
not to exceed four (4).
Sec. 2.5 Honorary Members
The County Committee may, if it deems advisable, appoint non-voting
Sec. 2.6 Attendance
Any member not attending three consecutive meetings without just cause shall
be dropped from Membership.
Sec. 2.7 Vacancies
Vacancies occurring on the County Committee shall be filled by action of the
Town Committee where the vacancy occurs within one month, or by the
County Committee if the Town Committee fails to so act.
Sec. 3.0 Officers and Elections
Sec. 3.1 Officers
The officers of the County Committee shall be a Chairperson, Vice-
Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Finance Chairperson, and State Committee Man and
Committee Woman each having the powers and duties customarily associated with each
office and as may further be delineated by the County Committee.
Sec. 3.2 Elections
The officers shall be elected biennially by the members of the County
Committee from among its current membership at its first meeting
following the County Convention.
Sec. 3.3 First Meeting
The first meeting of the County Committee aforesaid shall be called to order by
the outgoing Chairperson, Vice Chairperson or other officer. Notice of the time
and place of the meeting shall be by said Chairperson or the other
aforesaid officers either by public announcement at the County Convention or
otherwise by such means as shall give reasonable notice to the members of the
County Committee, any expense thereof to be borne by the County Committee.
Sec. 4.0 Duties of the County Committee
The County Committee shall be responsible for the election of Republicans to
public office and for the general welfare of the Republican Party in Piscataquis
County; shall take whatever lawful steps reasonably necessary to strengthen the
Party, especially to encourage all citizens to register and enroll in the
Republican Party and to vote in countywide elections; to provide such publicity
and to arrange rallies and other meetings as may seem wise; to communicate
proper information to the public; to cooperate with State and Town Committees;
and to do such other things as may be necessary in furtherance of the foregoing.
The County Committee shall not support any individual candidate before the
primary, although members may support candidates in their individual capacity
but shall not use their committee membership as a platform for doing so.
Sec. 5.0 Executive Committee
There is hereby constituted an Executive Committee consisting of the Officers
of the County Committee.
Sec. 5.1 Duties of the Executive Committee
It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to authorize expenditure of all
funds for political purposes and the Treasurer shall not disburse funds
except as may be so authorized as attested by the Chairperson, or in absence
thereof or inability to act, by the Vice Chairperson of the County Committee.
The Executive Committee shall have authority to act in furtherance of the duties
set forth in Article IV between meetings of the County Committee, but shall be
bound by any instructions given it by the County Committee at any duly
convened meeting at which a quorum is present.
Sec. 5.2 Meetings; Notice; Quorum
Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be called by the Chairperson, or
if absent or unable to act, by the Vice-Chairperson. All members of
the Executive Committee shall have actual personal notice of any meeting or a
written notice of the meeting shall be delivered via U.S, Mail or Email at least
forty eight hours before such meeting unless such notice is waived. The notice
may be signed by the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson or Secretary. A
majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Sec. 6.0 Voting and Proxies
Each member of the County Committee shall be entitled to one vote on the issues at
any regular or special meeting if present in person or may appoint a proxy in
writing so long as such proxy is from the municipality as the member making the
appointment. A proxy may not represent more than one member of the County
Sec. 7.0 Meetings
Sec. 7.1 Calling
A meeting of the County Committee may be held at any time upon the call of the
Chairperson, or if absent or unable to act, by the Vice-Chairperson.
Upon written petition of at least ten (10) members of the Committee filed with any
member of the Executive Committee, such member of the Executive Committee
shall instruct the Secretary to call a meeting and if the Secretary fails to do so, any
other member of the Executive Committee may call such meeting.
Sec. 7.2 Notice
Except for the first meeting of the County Committee as provided in Article III
notice of any subsequent meeting shall be given in writing by mail or email to
members at least three (3) days before such meeting is to be held. The notice shall
state the time and place of the meeting and so far as possible the purpose of the meeting.
Sec. 7.3 Open to the Public
All meetings of the County Committee shall be open to the public except Executive
Sessions; however, only members of the County Committee shall be entitled to vote.
Sec. 7.4 Roll Call
At each meeting of the County Committee a roll call of members by town shall be
taken by the Secretary.
Sec. 8.0 Quorum
Seven (7) members of the County Committee shall constitute a Quorum.
Sec. 9.0 Procedure
Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall be govern all proceedings of the County
Committee, except when inconsistent with these By-laws.
Sec. 10.0 Amendment of By-laws
These By-laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the County Committee
by a two-thirds (2/3rds) vote of those present, provided that any amendment has
been submitted in writing at the previous meeting.
Approved and Adopted at a duly called meeting on November_____, 2013.