Articles of Association

Revised December, 1995

Article I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the Texas Library Political Action Committee, which shall be known and hereafter referred to as TLPAC.

Article II - Organization and Purpose

TLPAC is a nonprofit, unincorporated, voluntary, multi-partisan political action committee organized for the purpose of advancing library service in Texas.

In carrying out this stated purpose, TLPAC shall encourage all Librarians to exercise their basic political rights, shall select and support candidates and nominees for public office without regard to party affiliation, and shall encourage the people of Texas to vote on measures submitted to the people according to the needs of Texas libraries.

Article III - Office

The principal office and place of business of TLPAC shall be located in the city in which the Treasurer resides.

Article IV - Trustees

The governing body of the Committee shall be the Board of Trustees, composed of nine (9) members elected to six year terms with one-third (1/3) of the members elected biennially in odd numbered years. The election shall be held at the TLPAC annual meeting. In the event of a vacancy, the Board of Trustees shall appoint a trustee to serve the balance of the term.

The Trustees are empowered to set basic policies with respect to expenditures to be made by the Committee, and to direct disbursements to specific candidates. The Trustees shall determine the procedures for collection and distribution of funds to the candidates and political committees that the Committee shall support and the amount of all expenditures and disbursements by the Committee.

A quorum of the Board of Trustees shall consist of a simple majority of the members of the Board.

Article V - Officers

Section 1.     The officers of TLPAC shall be the Chairman and the Treasurer.

Section 2.     The Chairman and the Treasurer of the Committee shall be elected annually from among their members by the Board of Trustees. The dates of the elections and the procedures governing them may be determined by the Trustees.

Section 3.     Subject to the determinations of the Board of Trustees, the Chairman shall administer and have general and active management and supervision of all the affairs of the Committee. The Chairman shall preside at all Committee meetings and meetings of the Board.

Section 4.     The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Committee, shall keep the financial and other records of the Committee, shall comply with all applicable requirements required by law, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Chairman or Board of Trustees.

Section 5.     The Trustees may appoint a Vice-Chairman and Assistant Treasurer to succeed to the offices of Chairman and Treasurer in the event of a vacancy in either of those offices. Should a vacancy occur in the office of Chairman or Treasurer, the Trustees shall immediately elect a successor to serve until the next regular annual election of officers.

Article VI - Responsibilities and Duties of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees shall have final authority to conduct the affairs and operations of TLPAC to promulgate rules, regulations, and procedures for the interviewing and endorsement of political candidates, to determine which candidates and/or measures shall receive monetary support of TLPAC and in what amounts, and to appoint committees of an advisory nature as shall be thought necessary to carry out the purposes prescribed by law and perform any other functions deemed necessary for successful action.

Article VII - Meetings

There shall be an annual meeting of TLPAC and as many additional meetings as the Board of Trustees deems necessary, at such times and places as shall be determined.

Article VIII - Finances

The Board of Trustees of TLPAC shall cause to be deposited in a bank account all funds donated by persons authorized by law to contribute money or other things of value to political action committees.

The Board of Trustees shall require such bonds and audits as in its judgment may be necessary to protect the funds of the organization and shall cause to be filed any and all reports required by law.

The Board of Trustees may hire employees or contact for the services of such persons as in its judgment may be necessary to carry out the purposes of TLPAC.

Article IX - Enactment

The organizational structure of TLPAC shall become operative upon the selection of the Board of Trustees and officers, and shall operate in compliance with VERNON'S TEXAS ELECTION CODE, as amended by H.B. 4m, 64th Legislature.

Article X - Rules of Order

Any areas not specifically covered in these Articles of Association shall be governed by the provisions in ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER, REVISED.