L L Bylaws
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the FLORIDA
EDUCATION LEGISLATIVE LIAISONS. The organization is a non-profit
professional organization for persons representing Florida public
school districts in governmental relations activities and for
representatives of state education associations and other persons whose
responsibilities include government and legislative activities
conducted on behalf of public school districts or public school
II: PURPOSE OF THE ORGANIZATION
The purpose of the organization shall be to serve as a
statewide coordinating organization for the exchange of information and
the continuing improvement of the quality and professionalism of
persons who represent public school districts in the area of
governmental relations and legislative liaison activities.
III: CODE OF ETHICS
Membership in the organization shall carry a duty and a
responsibility for each person to adhere to the standards of
professional conduct as described herein.
Work cooperatively with each other by freely sharing
information, knowledge, and expertise in appropriate areas of interest.
Participate actively in the organization and its
and serve faithfully when chosen for elected or appointed positions.
Limit professional responsibilities as described in
of these Bylaws to those activities which best serve the purposes of
Maintain the confidentiality of such information and
which is provided by the organization or its members.
Section 1. Membership
Membership shall be limited to representatives of
school districts who have been designated by their districts as having
primary responsibility for governmental relations and legislative
liaison activities; or whose district role requires legislative liaison
activities as part of their duties.
Membership shall carry with it the right to participate
in the procedures and programs of the organization as provided in these
Bylaws, the right to vote and the right to serve as an officer or
Section 2. Application for Membership
The board of directors shall have the authority to
disapprove all applications for membership.
V: GOVERNING BODY
Section 1. Board of Directors and
The officers, and the directors shall comprise the
directors which shall be the representative governing body of the
organization. The board of directors shall have final authority on all
matters as provided by these By-laws or as authorized by the
membership. The past presidents may serve as non-voting members of the
board of directors and shall comprise a Past-Presidents' Council. The
primary lobbyist of the Florida School Boards Association and the
Florida Association of District School Superintendents shall serve as
non-voting members of the board of directors.
Section 2. Officers
Officers shall be the president, president-elect, and
secretary/treasurer. The term of office for officers shall be one (1)
year. A member may serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms in the
same office, except the secretary/treasurer. The secretary/treasurer is
elected annually, but may be elected to serve unlimited consecutive
terms. The term of office shall begin on July 1 of each year.
Section 3. Directors
In addition to the officers, there shall be five (5)
to represent the organization. One (1) director shall be the immediate
past-president. The remaining four (4) directors shall be elected. In
nominating regular members for these director positions, every effort
shall be made to nominate directors representing both large and small
districts, urban and rural districts, and various geographical regions
of the state. The term of office for directors shall be three (3) years
with staggered terms.
ARTICLE VI: ELECTION OF
OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Nominations
The president shall appoint a nominating committee
propose a slate of candidates for consideration by the membership at
the annual business meeting, which shall be held at the June Joint
Conference of education associations. Nominations also may be made from
Section 2. Election
Election of the officers and board of directors shall
secret ballot. The newly elected officers and board of directors shall
take office on July 1.
VII: FILLING OF VACANCIES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Vacancy in the Office of
The president-elect shall become president and serve
remainder of the vacated term. He/She shall continue in the office of
his/her normal term as president for an additional year as provided in
Section 2. Concurrent Vacancies in Both
President and President-Elect
The board of directors shall fill by appointment the
president. Such appointment shall extend until the end of the term at
which time the membership shall elect a president and president-elect
to take office.
Section 3. All Other Vacancies
All other vacancies on the board of directors shall be
by appointment of the board of directors with the term of such
appointment ending at the next annual June Joint Conference
business meeting at which time the election procedure as provided in
these Bylaws shall be used to fill such vacancies.
DUTIES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. President
bank checks or other documents for the withdrawal of funds
financial accounts of the organization.
Presides at all official meetings
Appoints all committees
Develops agenda for all official meetings
Provides leadership for the organization
Serves as the official signatory for all
Section 2. President Elect
Presides at meetings and performs other
duties in the absence of the president
Serves as program chairman
Performs other duties as directed by the president
Section 3. Secretary/Treasurer
Records and distributes the minutes of official
to the membership, if requested
Prepares and distributes other communications
Performs other duties as directed by the president
ARTICLE IX: FUNDS
Section 1. Annual Dues
The amount of annual dues for membership in the
shall be as determined by the board of directors at the annual June
Joint Conference business meeting.
Section 2. Other Fees
The board of directors may set other necessary fees to
the expenses for organization-sponsored activities in which members
Section 3. Disbursement of Funds
The secretary/treasurer will maintain a depository in a
Tallahassee, Florida financial institution for the purpose of receiving
and disbursing funds for the organization.
The secretary/treasurer will receive and disburse funds
accordance with proper accounting procedures as directed by the board
Disbursement of funds which require the approval of the
of directors shall be allowed only after approval of a majority of the
board of directors.
In the event of the dissolution of the organization,
assets of the organization shall be turned over to a nonprofit
educational organization to be designated by the final board of
Upon notice of thirty (30) days, these Bylaws may be
by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active membership present at a called
business meeting or by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those who cast a vote
by electronic ballot.
ARTICLE XII: RULES OF
Business meetings shall be conducted in accordance with
revised Roberts Rules of Order.
The organization shall be non-partisan and non-profit.
Amended 8/7/02 Approved by vote
members at business meeting on 8/27/02