New Jersey Geospatial Forum
(Adopted by the New Jersey Geospatial Forum on September 24, 2004)
Article I Name
The name of this organization is the New Jersey Geospatial Forum.
Article II PurposeThe New Jersey Geospatial Forum is established to:
Article III Membership and Voting Eligibility
Membership shall be open to individuals from all organizations and their subunits, including, but not limited to local governments, state agencies, federal agencies, regional governments, tribal governments, associations of governments, departments within colleges and universities, utility companies, professional societies, and private companies, all of who share a common interest in geographic information and technology in New Jersey. There are no fees for membership. Individuals will be considered as members as long as the Forum is provided with updated contact information as necessary. Members are required to declare a single constituency group affiliation.
General Session Voting
Each member participating in a general session meeting has one vote.
Executive Committee Elections
Voting privileges for Executive Committee elections are established by attendance
at a minimum of 50% of New Jersey Geospatial Forum meetings held between elections.
Voting privileges are also established by active participation on a Task Force during
the time period between Executive Committee elections as certified by the Task Force Chair.
Article IV Executive Committee and Officers
An Executive Committee will govern the Forum. A quorum at an Executive Committee meeting shall be a majority of the members including either the Chair or Vice-Chair.
The Executive Committee will consist of up to ten (10) members. There will be one member representing each of the following constituency groups who is:
Executive Committee nominees will be nominated from within their respective constituency groups by a voting qualified member of that group. Should no nominee be offered by a constituency group, the Executive Committee may nominate a candidate from within the respective group possibly including a candidate who would otherwise be ineligible because of the term limits described below. Nominees must possess voting privileges for Executive Committee elections as specified under Article III of these Bylaws. A nominating committee will coordinate the Executive Committee nomination and election process. Members will not be allowed to submit their own names for consideration as a nominee. Nominees for the Executive Committee shall prepare a brief bio stating their qualifications that shall be distributed to the membership prior to voting. Executive Committee members shall have the experience, expertise, and commitment to properly represent their constituency group.
In the event that an election results in a tie the candidate receiving the most votes from their constituency will be declared the winner. Should a tie exist within the constituency vote, the winner shall be determined by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. If the tie involves a candidate who is also a member of the Executive Committee that member shall not be permitted to vote in the tiebreaker.
The Executive Committee will hold a minimum of six (6) meetings per calendar year. Executive Committee meetings will be open to the public and will be held pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6. At Executive Committee meetings, the Chair shall only vote to break a tie. Removal of an Executive Committee member, by majority vote of the Executive Committee, may occur when sufficient cause exists for such removal. Consistent absences from Executive Committee meetings shall be sufficient cause for removal.
Seats remaining vacant following an election will remain vacant until the following election cycle. Vacancies resulting from an unexpired term of an Executive Committee member will be filled by the Executive Committee's appointment of a voting member of that constituency.
Elected members of the Executive Committee can serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms except in the case of a nomination offered by the Executive Committee when no nomination was made from the respective constituency group. The term for each elected Executive Committee member is two (2) years. The terms shall overlap and alternate such that four (4) Executive Committee member positions are filled each year. This is intended to provide continuity in the governance of the organization. The Executive Committee will devise a plan to provide a phased transition to fill these alternating terms.
Officers shall be elected from and by the Executive Committee within one (1) week after elections. All Executive Committee members must vote for officers. The officers will serve one-year terms beginning on January 1 of each year, and shall include:
An officer may resign voluntarily, or be removed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
If the officer is removed by majority vote, the officer will be given an opportunity to justify
the situation before a final vote is taken. An officer that is removed will not continue to
serve on the Executive Committee. The unexpired term of any office will be filled by the
appointment of a qualified member by the Executive Committee.
Article V Task Forces
Task Forces may be established or dissolved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. Task Forces may be established to accomplish specific goals of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will appoint Chairs for each Task Force.
Article VI Forum Meetings
The Forum will hold a minimum of three (3) meetings per calendar year. The Executive Committee
will be responsible for planning all aspects of these meetings. Executive Committee members
and Task Force Chairs will give reports at each Forum meeting. Forum meetings will be open to
the public and will be held pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6.
Article VII Amendments
Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by action of the Executive Committee or by petition of a minimum of 25 members. The proposed change must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Executive Committee along with a statement of rationale for recommending the change. Amendments to the Bylaws may be made by a majority vote of the Executive Committee, provided the proposed change and statement of rationale was mailed to the Executive Committee 20 working days prior to the meeting at which the change is to be voted on.
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