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Political Action Committee

PAC Bylaws

PAC Bylaws

ARTICLE I
Purposes

The purpose of the National Court Reporters Association Political Action Committee (hereinafter, "NCRA PAC") shall be as specified in its Constitution.

ARTICLE II
Powers

The powers of NCRA PAC shall be as specified in its Constitution.

ARTICLE III
Participation and Contributions

All members of the National Court Reporters Association (hereinafter, the “Association”) who are also citizens of the United States are eligible to contribute to NCRA PAC, and NCRA PAC is authorized to solicit and accept contributions from all such members of the Association.

All contributions to NCRA PAC shall be voluntary and no contribution to NCRA PAC may be solicited or secured by force, intimidation, financial reprisal, as a condition of employment or membership, or by any other means prohibited by federal election laws and regulations.

ARTICLE IV
Composition of the Governing Board

The Governing Board of NCRA PAC (hereinafter, “the Board”) shall consist of between seven and eleven members including a Chair, a Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer, and four to eight members.

ARTICLE V
Officers

(a) Selection

The officers of the Board shall consist of a Chair, Treasurer, and an Assistant Treasurer. The Chair shall be appointed by the President of the Association with the approval of the Board of Directors of the Association. The Chair will have full voting privileges on the Board. The Executive Director of the Association shall serve as the Treasurer of the Board. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Association shall serve as the Assistant Treasurer of the Board. The Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer shall be non-voting, ex-officio members of the Board, and neither the Treasurer nor the Assistant Treasurer of the Board may serve as the Chair.

(b) Duties

(1) Chair: The Chair shall be the principal executive officer of NCRA PAC, shall convene the annual meeting of the Board, shall preside at all meetings of the Board, and shall perform such other duties as may be required by any applicable federal law or as may be assigned by these Bylaws or by the Board.

(2) Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of NCRA PAC and shall have general responsibility for all funds collected and all disbursements made by NCRA PAC in accordance with federal law. The Treasurer shall be responsible for:

a. maintaining a detailed account of all contributions to NCRA PAC;

b. depositing all contributions to NCRA PAC in a reliable bank or other depository within ten working days of receipt of such contributions;

c. recording the full name, mailing address, occupation, and principal place of business  of every person to whom a contribution is made and the date and amount thereof;

d. preparing, signing, filing and maintaining copies of all reports, statements and other submissions required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, the Internal Revenue Code, the regulations thereunder, or other federal laws or regulations;

e. signing all checks issued by NCRA PAC; and

f. performing such other duties and maintaining such other records as may be required by any applicable federal law or as may be assigned by these Bylaws, by the Board, or by the Board of Directors of the Association.

(3) Assistant Treasurer: The Assistant Treasurer shall assume the duties and functions and exercise the powers of the Treasurer during the absence or incapacity of the Treasurer. The Assistant Treasurer shall perform such other duties as may be required by any applicable federal law or as may be assigned by these Bylaws, by the Board, or by the Board of Directors of the Association.


(c) Terms

The Executive Director of the Association shall serve as the Treasurer of the NCRA PAC so long as he or she remains as Executive Director, except that the Board of Directors of the Association may remove the Treasurer at any time by majority vote and except that the Treasurer may resign at any time. Such removal or resignation shall be effective upon receipt of written notice thereof by the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association or on such later date as may be specified in such notice as the effective date of such removal or resignation. In the event that the Treasurer is removed or resigns, the Board of Directors of the Association shall select a successor promptly, and, in any event, no later than its next regularly scheduled meeting.

The Chair shall serve for a term of one year, and the same individual may not hold the office of Chair for more than three terms; provided that the Board of Directors of the Association may remove the Chair at any time by majority vote; and provided further that the Chair may resign his or her office at any time. Such removal or resignation shall be effective upon receipt of written notice thereof by the Treasurer of NCRA PAC or on such later date as may be specified in such notice as the effective date of such removal or resignation. In the event that the Chair is removed or resigns, the President of the Association shall promptly appoint a successor with the approval of the Board of Directors of the Association.

The Secretary-Treasurer of the Association shall serve as the Assistant Treasurer of NCRA PAC so long as he or she remains Secretary-Treasurer of the Association, except that the Board of Directors of the Association may remove the Assistant Treasurer at any time by majority vote and except that the Assistant Treasurer may resign at any time. Such removal or resignation shall be effective upon receipt of written notice thereof by the President of the Association or on such later date as may be specified in such notice as the effective date of such removal or resignation. In the event that the Assistant Treasurer is removed or resigns, the Board of Directors of the Association shall select a successor promptly and, in any event, no later than its next regularly scheduled meeting.

ARTICLE VI
Board Members

The Board shall consist of no fewer than four (4) and no more than eight (8) members with full voting privileges who are to be appointed by the President of the Association with the approval of the Board of Directors of the Association. Each member shall serve for a term of two years with no limit as to how many terms an individual is allowed to serve as a member; provided that any member may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the Association; and provided further that any member may resign at any time. Such removal or resignation shall be effective upon receipt of written notice thereof by the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association or on such later date as may be specified in such notice as the effective date of such removal or resignation. In the event that a vacancy occurs on the Board because of such removal or resignation or for any other reason, a successor shall be appointed by the President of the Association at its next regularly scheduled meeting and shall serve until new members of the Board are appointed. To the extent possible, the four (4) to eight (8) members shall be appointed for staggered terms so that the terms of half of the members expire each year.

Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at such intervals, and at such times and places, as the Board may establish by resolution, but in no event less than once each year. Special meetings shall be called by either the Chair or the Treasurer at the request of two members of the Board or with the concurrence of one other member of the Board. Each member of the Board shall be given five days' written notice of each regular meeting and one days' notice of each special meeting unless such notice is waived in writing by a majority of the Board. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. All decisions shall be made by a majority of members present and voting.

Any or all members of the Board may participate in a meeting of the Board by means of telephone conference or by any means of communications by which all persons participating in the meeting are able to hear one another, and such participation shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.

Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board may be taken without a meeting, if all members of the Board consent in writing to the taking of such action. Such written consent shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board.

The Board shall supervise, direct, and approve the solicitation of contributions to NCRA PAC.

ARTICLE VII
Staff and Committees

(a) Staff

The Treasurer of NCRA PAC may appoint staff to help facilitate the work of the PAC. The staff shall report to the Treasurer and have such duties as may be assigned to him or her by the Treasurer, by the Board, or by the Board of Directors of the Association.

(b) Project Task Forces

NCRA PAC may appoint project task forces from time to time as considered appropriate by the Board. The Board may determine the functions, personnel, and terms of such committees.

ARTICLE VIII
Amendments

These Bylaws may be altered, amended, repealed, or new Bylaws may be adopted, at any meeting of the Board of Directors of the Association by a majority vote of those present, so long as the Board of Directors of the Association is given at least five days' written notice of the intention to alter, amend, or repeal the Bylaws or to adopt new Bylaws at such meeting.

PAC Bylaws amended February 2012.