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Bylaw 315 - Censure/Punitive Action of Internal Management

Section 1 (Applicability)

Members of Internal Management, which includes members and officers of the Executive Committee and Central Committee, or appointees of either committee, may be formally accused by the Central Committee of misconduct or neglect of duty.

A. In order for a member of Internal Management to be indicted, three members of the Central Committee must state their reasons and recommend in writing, or in electronic form, to begin a proceeding. These recommendations must be received within a reasonable time frame from one another; no complaint older than thirty days shall count towards this number.

B. A member of Internal Management shall be notified in writing or electronically with at least two weeks’ notice that the action by the Central Committee is being contemplated and shall be provided the reasons for the proceeding. Said member shall be given a reasonable opportunity to make an appearance and produce evidence and witnesses in his or her own favor prior to any vote being taken.

C. A “Special Meeting” (as defined by Robert’s Rules) of the Central Committee may be called to initiate a proceeding provided that all members of the Central Committee are made aware of the meeting no less than two weeks in advance by normal written or electronic means.

D. Conviction shall require a two-thirds vote of the filled Central Committee positions and may include punitive actions including but not limited to censure, removal from office.

E. The period of any punitive action taken shall be determined by the Central Committee.

F. The majority of delegates at a State Convention may reduce the time period of punitive action.

G. Nothing in this Bylaw shall prevent a member of the Central Committee from being removed pursuant to Bylaw 200 Section 6, or any other Bylaw.