Veterans Party of Florida Constitution
We, the members of the Veterans Party of Florida, a state affiliate of the Veterans’ Party Of America, do solemnly swear or affirm that we will uphold the Constitution of the United States. We further affirm that all people are created equal, and as such are endowed with certain inalienable rights. These rights are guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America.
Article I: Name:
The Party shall be named the “Veterans Party of Florida” of the Veterans Party Of America and hereafter may be referred to as “The Party” and/or “FLVPA”
Article II: Purpose:
We agree with the Founders’ belief that our government’s purpose is to protect individual liberty and maintain a free, prosperous, and orderly society. We absolutely oppose the centralization of all power in the Executive branch; also oppose a Judiciary that makes rulings which creates or modifies Congressional law, rather than merely ruling on such law(s) that the Legislative branch has made. These are usurpations of the power of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
We affirm that where governments exist, they must not violate the inalienable rights of any individual. The Constitution of The United States is the law of the land. As such, there shall not be a requirement for any individual to hold a Veteran status, or hold any affiliation with the military or any installations to be a member of the Veterans’ Party Of America, the Veterans’ Party of Florida, hold office, or candidacy.
Article III: Scope:
The Party shall conduct political activities within the borders of the State of Florida.
Article IV: Definitions:
Section IV.01: “Registered Veterans’ Party Voter” is:
1) Any voter registered as a Veterans’ Party voter under State and County Election Codes.
2) Any “Decline To State” or “No Party Preference” registered voter that has expressed the desire to register VPA once party registration is allowed.
Section IV.02: Party Member is any dues paid member. For just the first year (2014) of The Party’s national existence, there will not be a requirement to pay dues in order to become a Party Member. Membership with National is not reciprocal due to federal election laws. The Veterans’ Party of Florida will recognize, and accept transfer of, lifetime membership from other states; or honor the remaining time on membership from other states.
Section IV.03: Parliamentary Procedures shall be governed by the By Laws.
Section IV.04: Dues, when levied, shall be uniform. The amounts and collection times shall be set forth in The Party’s By Laws.
Article V: Certification:
As an officer, or member, of the Veterans Party Of Florida, I hereby certify from my actions of either accepting nomination to office, or becoming a member of The Party, or both, that: “I affirm that all people are created equal and are endowed with certain inalienable rights. These rights are guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America. I hereby swear or affirm that I will uphold the Constitution of the United States.”
Article VI: Organization of the Veterans’ Party Of Florida:
Section VI.01: The Executive Committee consists of the FLVPA State Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and five Members At Large. All members of the Executive Committee shall be elected to their position by the VPA Central Committee. All members of the Executive Committee are required to be a Registered Veterans Party Of America Voter and a Party Member in good standing. Executive Committee members may also hold National or County Party posts, however no Treasurer will hold a like position in the National, State, or County parties.
A. State Chair: Serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Party. Presides over meetings and governs the parliamentary procedures. Shall appoint new officers or alternates, or Judicial Committee members if vacancies occur. Such appointments shall be to complete the term of office vacated. Elected on Even number years during the Annual Convention.
B. State Vice-Chair: Stands in for State Chair in the absence of the incumbent. Coordinates calendar of events for the Executive Committee to further The Party. Responsible for nomination of an Executive Director, if the position becomes a necessity for the functioning of The Party, by vote of the Executive Committee. Elected on Odd number years during the Annual Convention.
C. State Party Treasurer: Records with a full accounting of the finances of The Party, prepares Profit, Loss, and Balance Sheets to be presented quarterly to the Executive Committee and the annually to the Central Committee with a full accounting for adoption by the respective committee. Determines and submits an annual budget based on expected expenditures and predicted revenues. Files and is accountable for the filings to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Elections Commission in the required times set by the respective agencies. Elected on Even number years during the Annual Convention.
D. State Party Secretary: Custodian of records and Party Historian. Records minutes of all meetings, interacts with the Federal Elections Commission for timely filings of required notices and records, is the liaison for The Party with the Office of the Florida Secretary of State. Schedules all Executive and Central Committee meetings and the agendas. Elected on Odd number years during the Annual Convention.
E. Regional Director: Each Regional Director will represent a territorial region as defined below. The Senior Regional Director will serve as the Chief of Staff for the County Chairs to continue the requirements for State Party Recognition. One Regional Director will be appointed to handle audits of the State and County Party finances. Regional Directors shall be elected annually, during the Annual Convention, by the delegates from the counties of the regions represented.
|1. East Coast Regional Director shall represent||2. West Coast Regional Director shall represent||3. Gulf Coast Regional Director shall represent||4. Central Regional Director shall Represent||5. North East Regional Director shall represent||6. North Panhandle Regional Director shall represent|
|St. Lucie||Hillsborough||Franklin||De Soto||Nassau||Madison|
Section VI.02: The Central Committee consists of the Executive Committee and a delegate for each county. Each County Chair will serve as the delegate for the first convention, or another appointed Party Leader for the county in the event the County Chair holds an Executive Committee post or is unable to attend. In the event an Executive Committee member is also a County Chair, and another delegate is not available, the delegate will only have one vote. Central Committee duties include voting on Party By Law changes, amendments to the Party Constitution, Platform changes, and the endorsement of Presidential candidates.
Article VII: Employees of the Veterans’ Party Of Florida:
Section VII.01: Executive Director:
In the event the Executive Committee determines the necessity exists for a full time posting for the day to day functioning and activities of managing The Party, the Vice Chair will nominate a qualified candidate for a vote by the Executive Committee. The Executive Director will not have a vote in the Executive Committee or Central Committee. The Executive Director will not hold an elected seat at any level of The Party. The Executive Director shall execute the duties appointed by the Executive Committee and will ensure the continuity of The Party. The salary, unless amended by the Central Committee, shall not exceed the state’s median income, or 10 percent of the annual donations received, whichever is lowest.
Section VII.02: Administrative Assistants:
In the event the Executive Committee determines the necessity for Administrative Assistants, the Executive Committee will vote on resumes submitted to select the best qualified candidate. Any Administrative Assistants will not hold an elected position with The Party, at any level. Salary shall be determined by qualifications and labor laws. At no time will an Administrative Assistant be hired if the salary will exceed 10 percent of the annual donations received. If salary will exceed the donations, the Central Committee can approve the distribution for salaries before an offer of employment can be made.
Section VII.03: Contracted Employment:
At times, it shall be necessary to contract professionals in various fields, such as but not limited to accountants and attorneys. The Executive Committee can approve the expenses of the Contracted Employees by vote.
Section VII.04 Executive Committee Employment;
If The Party grows so large that any positions on the Executive Committee become full time positions, the Central Committee may vote by majority to pay that position the same as the Executive Director.
The below signed members of the Veterans’ Party Of Florida Executive Committee (Pro Tempore), On February 14th , 2014, Hereby Adopt the Constitution of the Veterans’ Party Of America:
Dennis J Shannon – State Chair
Richard Moulton – Vice Chair
John Vincent – Secretary
Robert L Latshaw Sr. & Janet Latshaw – Co-Treasurers