Approved at State Convention May 1999; as amended at the State Convention April 2001 and 2004; by the State Central Committee October 2005; at the State Convention April 2006, April 2010, March 2012, April 2013, by the State Central Committee February 2014 and February 21st, 2015; at the State Convention April 2015 and April 23rd 2016; by the State Central Committee February 18th 2017; at the State Convention May 6th 2017.
ARTICLE I – NAME, IDENTITY, STRUCTURE, FUNCTION
Section 1. Name. The name of this organization shall be the Libertarian Party of Indiana, hereinafter referred to as the LPIN.
Section 2. Structure. The LPIN is a political organization constituted by its membership, governed by the Annual Business Meeting at its State Convention, responsive to its affiliated County Organizations, and directed by its State Central Committee according to these by-laws.
Section 3. Bona Fide Party. The LPIN is a bona fide political party under the laws of the state of Indiana, and as such is authorized to receive political contributions. The LPIN accepts political contributions in the name of the LPIN or the Libertarian Party of Indiana.
Section 4. Functions. The primary functions of the LPIN are to: (a) nominate and run candidates for statewide, state legislative and U.S. Congressional offices in the state of Indiana, (b) serve as an affiliate organization of the national Libertarian Party, and (c) charter and serve the needs of affiliated County Organizations throughout the state of Indiana.
Section 5. Device. The office device of the LPIN and all candidates nominated by the LPIN or its affiliated County Organizations shall be a monochrome silhouette of the Statue of Liberty, a symbol which is also known as Lady Liberty.
Section 6. Address. The mailing address of the LPIN shall be as designated by the State Central Committee.
ARTICLE II – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND PRINCIPLES
Section 1. Purpose. The primary purpose of the LPIN is to promote individual liberty and to eliminate the intervention of government in moral, social and economic affairs.
Section 2. Principles. The LPIN affirms the following principles:
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1.Membership Requirements. Membership in the LPIN is open to all inhabitants in Indiana who contribute each year to the national Libertarian Party or the LPIN an amount equal to or greater than Twenty-Five Dollars. Payment of this contribution constitutes support for the Statement of Principles of the LPIN and/or the Statement of Principles of the national Libertarian Party. Membership is also open to all inhabitants of Indiana with a lifetime membership in the national Libertarian Party. With the exception of said lifetime membership, membership in the LPIN is annual, and expires on the three hundred sixty-sixth (366th) day following the date of receipt of the inhabitant’s prior qualifying contribution.
Section 2. Membership Suspension. The State Central Committee shall have the authority to suspend, terminate or refuse any membership in the LPIN by a three-fourths (3/4) vote. The State Central Committee shall immediately notify the individual by certified mail of the suspension, termination, or refusal, and the reasons for such, affording the individual the right to appeal to the State Central Committee at one of its next two meetings, or to appeal at the Annual Business Meeting at the State Convention. Upon such appeal, the State Central Committee or the Annual Business Meeting, as the case may be, may by majority vote reverse the suspension, termination or refusal of membership. Otherwise, the membership shall remain voided for a period of one year from the original three-fourths (3/4) vote, after which time the individual may re-apply for membership in the LPIN.
Section 3. Donor Status. Contributors to the Libertarian Party of Indiana may at their own request be considered Donors rather than Members. Donor status will be granted upon such request, regardless of the amount of yearly contribution. Donor status may be changed to Membership only at Donor’s request. Donor status does not imply support for a Statement of Principles, nor does it afford any Membership privileges.
ARTICLE IV – AFFILIATED COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS
Section 1. Chartering. The State Central Committee may charter affiliated County Organizations as provided for in this article. No more than one County Organization may be chartered in any one county.
Section 2. Purpose of County Organizations. Affiliated County Organizations shall be chartered for, but shall not be limited to, the following purposes: (a) nominating candidates for public office; (b) working to elect Libertarian candidates and promote Libertarian principles; and (c) selecting representatives or delegates to appropriate LPIN activities.
Section 3. Temporary County Chairperson. To secure a contact person around whom a County Organization may be formed, the State Central Committee may appoint one Libertarian Party of Indiana Member inhabiting a county which does not have a County Organization to take the position of Temporary County Chairperson of the county. The State Central Committee may appoint, replace or dismiss any Temporary Chairperson by majority vote. The temporary county chairperson will organize and conduct an organizing convention as allowed by the standing rules.
Section 4. Candidate Endorsement. No affiliated County Organizations shall endorse a candidate for statewide office who opposes a candidate that is nominated by the LPIN for such office.
Section 5. Reservation. Any decisions not forbidden to the County Organizations in these LPIN by-laws or by the Indiana Election Code shall be reserved to the County Organizations respectively, or to the individual Members of the LPIN.
ARTICLE V – STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS
Section 1. Membership Requirement. State Central Committee members must be LPIN members.
Section 2. Composition. Membership in the State Central Committee shall consist of four (4) Officers of the LPIN, one or more Directors appointed by the State Central Committee, and all District Members of the LPIN, one for each U.S. Congressional district within the state of Indiana and each elected in accordance with these by-laws.
Section 3. Purpose. The purpose of the State Central Committee is to control and manage all of the affairs and properties of the LPIN between State Conventions, consistent with these by-laws and the policies established at the Annual Business Meeting at the State Convention.
Section 4. Responsibility. The State Central Committee shall have the sole responsibility for chartering affiliated County Organizations; approving applications for membership in the LPIN; calling conventions; resolving matters of succession of officers; dealing with members and affiliate County Organizations who are not true to the principles enumerated herein, and arranging, promoting and producing an annual State Convention.
Section 5. Officers.
Section 6. Directors of the State Central Committee.
The Officers and District Members on the State Central Committee may appoint Directors to the State Central Committee. Each appointment shall be by resolution and requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the State Central Committee for approval. A Director shall serve until the next election of Officers of the LPIN unless removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the State Central Committee. The resolution of appointment for each Director shall include a functional title and shall specify the responsibilities of the directorship. Directors may be paid and/or be granted voting rights at the discretion of two-thirds (2/3) vote of the State Central Committee.
Section 7. District Members of the State Central Committee.
Section 8. Meetings of the State Central Committee.
Section 9. Annual Conventions.
Section 10. Standing Rules. The Standing Rules of the LPIN shall be in harmony with these by-laws, shall be written, and shall be made available for general use. Standing rules may be adopted by three-fourths (3/4) vote of the State Central Committee, or by two-thirds (2/3) vote at convention. Standing Rules may be repealed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the State Central Committee, or by a majority vote at convention.
Section 11. Authority of Contract. No one shall have the authority to contract for goods or services on behalf of the LPIN without prior written approval of the State Central Committee.
Section 12. Deadlines. Unless otherwise provided, all deadlines set by these Bylaws or Standing Rules shall be 11:59 PM Eastern Time of the day in question.
ARTICLE VI – CONVENTIONS AND MEETINGS
Section 1. Annual State Convention. The LPIN shall hold a State Convention during the second quarter of each calendar year. The agenda and format of the annual business meeting will be conducted according to the standing rules.
Section 2. Annual Business Meeting. The State Convention will include the Annual Business Meeting. The Annual Business Meeting shall be used to elect Officers of the LPIN; nominate candidates; elect Delegates and Alternate Delegates to national Libertarian Party conventions; amend these by-laws; take action on matters placed on the meeting’s agenda; formulate policy; adopt or amend standing rules and platform planks; receive and/or act upon reports; report on the business affairs of the LPIN; and exercise all other lawful powers not specifically delegated to the Officers or the State Central Committee by these by-laws.
Section 3. Attendance and Participation. Attendance at the Annual Business Meeting is open to all and free-of-charge. The State Central Committee may charge a fee for other State Convention activities and services. Only Delegates to the Annual Business Meeting may speak and vote at the Annual Business Meeting.
Section 4. Quorum. A quorum of the Annual Business Meeting at the State Convention shall be met with a minimum of (35) thirty-five seated delegates in attendance who represent a minimum of 10 different counties.
Section 5. Nomination of Candidates. The Annual Business Meeting shall nominate candidates for statewide races, state legislative races, and U.S. Congressional district races. Any candidate so nominated must be a current member of the Libertarian Party of Indiana as defined in Article III, Section 2 of these by-laws.
Section 6. Delegates to National Committees. When the LPIN is notified by the national Libertarian Party of entitlement to national Libertarian Party committee- and subcommittee-delegates, the Chairperson shall cause their election at the Annual Business Meeting. Nominations for each position will be taken from the floor and must be seconded. The Member of the LPIN receiving the highest number of Delegate votes in each race shall be selected the committee delegate.
Section 7. Special Conventions and Special Business Meetings. Special Conventions and Special Business Meetings may be convened by State Central Committee on its own initiative, or shall be convened by the State Central Committee upon written request or petition of over one-quarter (1/4) of all current Members of the LPIN. The State Central Committee shall provide notice of the dates, times, and location of Special Convention and Special Business Meetings to all Members of the LPIN at least fifteen (15) days prior to the events. Notice shall also set forth the subjects to be considered at such Special Conventions and Special Business Meetings. Such Special Conventions and Special Business Meetings shall otherwise be run in accordance with, and have the same authority as that set forth in, these by-laws for the annual State Convention and Annual Business Meeting.
ARTICLE VII – ADOPTION, AMENDMENTS, STANDING RULES
Section 1. Adoption of By-laws. These by-laws shall be adopted when approved by a majority of the Delegates attending an Annual Business Meeting at a State Convention. These by-laws shall take effect on the first Monday following their approval.
Section 2. Amendment of By-laws. These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at a State Convention. These by-laws may also be amended at a State Central Committee meeting by a four-fifths (4/5) vote of all Members of the State Central Committee. Every amendment shall take effect on the first Monday following the enactment.
Section 3. Standing Rules.
Standing Rules may be adopted, amended or repealed by a majority vote of the entire membership at the Annual Business Meeting at the State Convention or by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire membership of the State Central Committee. The Standing Rules of the LPIN shall be in harmony with these by-laws, shall be written, and shall be made available for general use by the membership.