State Central Committee Resources

2018 IDAHO DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

– Preamble to the United States Constitution

We, the Idaho Democratic Party, are unified to serve the needs of all Idahoans. Idaho Democrats uphold the protections and responsibilities guaranteed to us by our state and national Constitutions. We fight for everyone to attain those rights and liberties when not fully realized. We stand for excellence in government, respect, compassion, unity, and liberty.

1. WE REQUIRE EQUALITY AND RESPECT FOR ALL IDAHOANS.

 We treat all people equally regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, immigration and/or refugee status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or age.

 We respect personal decisions that are private, including medical and reproductive decisions, religious practices, and political views.

 We respect and honor Idaho’s tribal sovereign nations.

2. WE REQUIRE AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR ALL IDAHOANS. 

 We support job creation through sustainable agriculture, mining, timber, and manufacturing, while expanding industries such as technology, clean energy, and tourism.

 We support effective public transportation, modern telecommunications, public infrastructure, including the safe and timely maintenance and repair of roads, bridges, and public buildings.

 We demand fair and affordable housing, childcare, and will fight to end homelessness.

 We demand fair banking, lending, and investment practices that enhance healthy communities and support Idaho businesses and individuals.

 We demand the protection of the Social Security Trust Fund.

 We demand equal pay for equal work.

3. WE REQUIRE FREE, SAFE, AND EQUAL PUBLIC EDUCATION 

 We demand the Idaho legislature fully and completely fund all Idaho public schools. We demand public funding for public schools.

 We support Pre-K education.

 We support vocational and technical schools, apprenticeship programs, and tuition free post-secondary education, including two- and four-year colleges.

 We support our teachers and staff, including competitive compensation and their right to collective bargaining.

4. WE REQUIRE ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, AND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE IN EVERY COMMUNITY. WE BELIEVE HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND NOT A PRIVILEGE.

 We demand Medicaid expansion.

 We demand access to mental health care and other necessary social services.

 We believe that no one in Idaho should die from a preventable illness or go bankrupt due to medical expenses and prescription drug costs.

 We demand fair and comprehensive access to healthcare for every Idahoan.

 We demand affordable healthcare to include the prevention of drug addiction and provide care and rehabilitation services for those suffering from addiction.

 We uphold an individual’s right to choose and their access to reproductive medical care.

 We support the legalization of CBD oil for medical use.

5. WE ADVOCATE FOR WIDESPREAD VOTER AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION.

 We endorse modern methods of voter registration, increased opportunities to cast ballots, and accurate verification of counted votes.

 We elect candidates that represent all people and are accountable and responsive to all their constituents.

 We demand that the Idaho independent redistricting commission remain unchanged.

 We demand voting in Idaho shall be free of foreign influence.

 We support legislation that empowers local communities.

6. WE REQUIRE HONEST AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT. 

 We demand open and transparent government.

 We demand all Idahoans have access to their government.

 We support the adoption of the recommendation of the 2017 panel for financial disclosure by legislators.

 We embrace the role of the free press as the guardians of democracy.

 We support campaign finance reform; corporations are not people.

7. WE BELIEVE IN THE STRENGTHS OF WORKING PEOPLE AND LABOR UNIONS, AS THEY ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES.

 We demand fair and equal treatment in the workplace that supports a livable wage.

 We believe in and work for a healthy economy that supports thriving families.

 We demand the repeal of Right to Work.

 We support labor unions and the worker’s right to organize and engage in collective bargaining free from government or business interference.

 We support businesses that act responsibly toward the working people, the State, and the environment.

8. WE REQUIRE A FAIR AND EQUITABLE TAX POLICY.

 We demand the elimination of all sales tax exemptions.

 We support a graduated corporate income tax rate.

 We require businesses to be responsible and pay their fair share of the budgetary needs of the state.

 We oppose using General Fund tax dollars for transportation infrastructure.

 We support local option taxing authority for cities and counties.

9. WE HONOR MILITARY SERVICE.

 We demand diplomacy before sending the people of our Armed Forces into harm’s way.

 We demand the defense of human rights around the world.

 We encourage, appreciate, and support all Idahoans and their families, serving in the military.

 We honor our veterans and support their successful return to their communities, including the guaranteed funding and protection of their post-service benefits.

10. WE BELIEVE IN BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

 We maintain a clean and healthful environment, including clean water and watersheds, clean air, and wild places.

 We commit to fact- and science-based measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change.

 We require close regulation and monitoring of hydrocarbon development in Idaho to protect our water resources, property rights, and rural communities.

 We support the humane treatment of domestic, industrial, and wild animals.

 We recognize Idaho’s outdoor enthusiasts, including our heritage of fair chase hunting and fishing open to all Idahoans.

 We will keep Federal public lands inviolate and protect their ecological integrity; keeping public lands in public hands.

 We honor the place of sustainable family-owned agriculture in Idaho’s history.

 We stand with the farmers, ranchers, and workers who build the land’s natural abundance, biodiversity, and resilience.

 We support clean energy and sustainability of natural resources.

11. WE DEMAND A FAIR AND EFFECTIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

 We demand all laws to be created fairly and uniformly enforced.

 We demand community law enforcement work in partnership with the citizens they serve.

 We believe victims, plaintiffs, and defendants have the right to speedy and fair trials.

 We believe bail must be fair and responsible.

 We believe in the importance of the public defender and the right of all people to have counsel. Sentencing must be proportionate to the crime committed with particular deference to rehabilitation and humanity.

 We reject private prisons.

 We demand a justice system that provides rehabilitation, enhanced education, access to mental healthcare, and employment opportunities.

 We demand a restorative criminal justice system free of bias regarding race, economic status, and other marginalized communities.

12. WE UPHOLD AMERICA’S TRADITION OF WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS

 We recognize immigrants as our neighbors, our co-workers, and our schoolmates. Our children will lead Idaho together and make Idaho strong.

 We demand the ethical treatment of those seeking opportunity and safety in the country.

 We demand comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.

13. WE SUPPORT THE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS

 We believe medical cannabis should be a legal and available treatment option.

 We believe recreational cannabis should be allowed for those 21 years of age and older.

 We believe all cannabis tax revenue should be directed to additional educational funding and infrastructure improvement in our state.

 We believe the cultivation of agricultural hemp should be an option for Idaho farmers. 

14. WE SUPPORT THE FULL TEXT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT: “A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” 

 We demand universal criminal background checks.

 We demand laws that keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers.

 We support the rights of hunters and sportspersons in Idaho.

 We support scientific research on gun violence.

These bylaws were submitted from the Idaho Democratic Party Rules and Bylaws Committee and approved by the Idaho Democratic Party State Central Committee on the second of May, 2020. 

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ARTICLE I – NAME

Section 1.1 Name. 

The name of the organization is the Idaho Democratic Party (the “IDP”).

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

Section 2.1 Purposes of the IDP.

2.1.1 To promote the interests of the IDP in the State of Idaho;

2.1.2 To elect candidates to public offices in all levels of government;

2.1.3 To adopt a platform declaring policy positions of the IDP;

2.1.4 To represent the IDP with other states and at the national level;

2.1.5 To assist and support Idaho Democratic county and legislative district organizations;

2.1.6 To create county and legislative district organizations and to nominate candidates to fill vacancies of Democratic officeholders as provided herein.

2.1.7 To engage in other activities necessary to manage and transact IDP business consistent with law and the Democratic National Committee’s (“DNC”) national charter (the “National Charter”).

ARTICLE III – MEMBERS

Section 3.1 Open and Inclusive Organization. 

The IDP is open and inclusive and all persons who wish to support the values and goals of the IDP are encouraged to participate fully in party activities. The IDP designates certain persons as the members of the IDP in these Bylaws solely for purposes of defining the formal operations of the party.

Section 3.2 Designation of IDP Organizations. 

The IDP consists of several organizations, operating at the state level and in each county and legislative district in Idaho. These organizations are as follows, each with the powers and duties set forth in these Bylaws:

3.2.1 A state central committee (the “State Committee”);

3.2.2 A legislative district committee (the “Legislative District Committee”) for each Idaho legislative district (currently Idaho has 35 legislative districts); and

3.2.3 A county central committee (the “County Committee”) for each Idaho county (currently Idaho has 44 counties).

Section 3.3 The State Committee.

3.3.1 State Committee Membership. The members of the State Committee (the “State Committee Members”) are:

3.3.1.1 County Membership. The chair of each County Committee (the “County Chair”), and the state committeeman and the state committeewoman from each county. Based on the number of counties as of June 6, 2009, the State Committee has a total of 132 positions for representatives from County Committees;

3.3.1.2 Legislative District Membership. The chair of each Legislative Committee (the “Legislative District Chair”). Based on the number of legislative districts as of June 6, 2009, the State Committee has a total of 35 positions for representatives from Legislative Committees;

3.3.1.3 State Officers. The chair of the State Committee (the “State Chair”), the vice-chairs of the State Committee (the “State Vice-Chairs”), the treasurer of the State Committee (the “State Treasurer”).

3.3.1.4 The National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, at-large members of the DNC, and IDP Special Group chairs.

3.3.1.5 The Democratic Leader of the Idaho House of Representatives and the Democratic Leader of the Idaho Senate.

3.3.1.6 No person may hold more than one position on the State Committee at the same time.

3.3.1.7 Members of the State Central Committee must have declared their party affiliation as ‘Democratic’ with the Idaho Secretary of State.

3.3.1.8 Certification. Within thirty (30) days following the organizational meetings required in Sections 5.3.2 and 5.4.2, each County Committee and each Legislative District Committee shall certify to the State Committee the names and full contact information of its members on the State Committee. Each County Committee and each Legislative District Committee shall update its certification within thirty (30) days following any change in the designated members.

3.3.1.9 Resignation. A State Committee Member may resign only by written notice to the State Chair and to the County Chair or Legislative District Chair. Such resignation shall be effective immediately.

Section 3.4 The Legislative District Committee.

The members of each Legislative District Committee (the “Legislative District Members”) are:

3.4.1 The Precinct Captains within the legislative district; and

3.4.2 The Legislative District Officers.

Section 3.5 The County Committee. 

The members of each County Committee (the “County Members”) are:

3.5.1 The Precinct Captains within the county; and

3.5.2 The County Officers.

Section 3.6 Precinct Captain Vacancies. 

At any of its meetings, the County Committee shall have the power to appoint legally qualified candidates to fill any vacancy in Precinct Captain positions. If such appointments are made, the County Chair shall provide such notice to the county clerk or otherwise as provided by law. Failure to notify the county clerk or to follow any other provision of Idaho election law shall not nullify the validity of the appointment. The State Chair shall have the authority to appoint legally qualified persons to vacant Precinct Captain positions should the County Committee be unable to do so.

Section 3.7 Affirmative Action.

The IDP shall ensure the widest and fairest representation of its members in its organization and activities. All rules shall be adopted by procedures that assure the fair and open participation of all interested people. Discrimination in the conduct of Party affairs on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status, and physical disability shall be prohibited.  The Idaho Democratic Party supports freedom, equality, and justice & due process for all.

Section 3.8 County and Legislative District Authority to Adopt Bylaws. 

County and Legislative District Committees are entitled to enact additional bylaws for themselves provided those bylaws do not conflict with the bylaws set forth herein.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

Section 4.1 Officers of the State Committee.

4.1.1 Designation of Officers. The officers of the State Committee (the “State Officers”) are:

4.1.1.1 The State Chair;

4.1.1.2 The First Vice-Chair of the State Committee (the “State First Vice-Chair”);

4.1.1.3 The Second Vice-Chair of the State Committee (the “State Second Vice-Chair”); and

4.1.1.4 The Treasurer of the State Committee (the “State Treasurer”).

4.1.2 Eligibility. Any legal resident of the State of Idaho who is neither a candidate for, nor incumbent in the office of United States Senator, United States Representative, or any position elected from the State of Idaho at-large, shall be eligible to be a State Officer. The State First Vice-Chair shall be of the opposite gender of the State Chair. The State Second Vice-Chair shall be of the opposite gender of the First Vice-Chair.

4.1.3 Nomination and Election. The State Chair, State Vice-Chairs and State Treasurer shall be nominated from the floor and elected at the organizational meeting of the State Committee to be held in conjunction with the Frank Church Banquet.

4.1.3.1 The State Chair and State Treasurer shall be elected in odd-numbered years.

4.1.3.2 The State Vice-Chairs shall be elected in even-numbered years.

4.1.3.3 Voting shall be by signed ballot and a majority of members of the State Committee present shall be required to elect.

4.1.4 Term of Office. The State Officers shall be elected for terms of two (2) years beginning immediately following the meeting at which they are elected and ending when their successor takes office. The State Officers are not limited in the number of terms in office they may serve.

4.1.5 Removal from Office. Any State Officer may be removed from office in accordance with the following procedure:

4.1.5.1 Action shall be initiated by a petition specifying the reasons for removal and bearing the signatures of one-quarter or more members of the State Committee. The completed petition shall be delivered to the IDP state office.

4.1.5.2 Within seven (7) days of delivery of a petition meeting the criteria in Section 4.1.5.1, the State Chair shall call and set a date, time and location for a special meeting of the State Committee. The meeting shall occur within thirty (30) days of the State Chair’s receipt of the petition. If the State Chair fails to call such a meeting, any other State Officer may do so. If all the State Officers fail to call a meeting, the petitioners may issue the call.

4.1.5.3 The IDP staff shall mail a notice of any special meeting where a petition for removal of an officer is to be considered together with a copy of the petition to all members of the State Committee at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the meeting.

4.1.5.4 A State Officer may be removed from office by a majority vote of the State Committee present at the special meeting. The quorum requirements of Section 5.2.5 shall apply.

4.1.5.5 A special meeting called for removal of a State Officer may include other items on the agenda which shall be adopted at the beginning of the meeting.

4.1.6 Vacancies. A vacancy in the office of any State Officer may be filled in accordance with the following procedure:

4.1.6.1 In case of the resignation, death or incapacity of the State Chair, the State First Vice-Chair shall become the acting State Chair until a special election is called to fill any unexpired portion of the term by the acting State Chair within 60 days of assuming the Chairpersonship.

4.1.6.1(i) The special election shall be conducted according to a process set out by the State Executive Committee.

4.1.6.1(ii) Ballots will be cast in person at geographically balanced locations around the state, to be determined by the State Executive Committee.

4.1.6.1(iii) Voting shall be by signed ballot and a majority of members of the State Committee present shall be required to elect.

4.1.6.1(iv) For the purposes of the election of officers, “present” means physically present in one of the locations set for the election. Validly carried proxies shall count as being physically present in the person carrying the proxy. “Signed ballot” means the ballot shall be signed in person at the physical location set for the election. Proxy carriers shall sign the ballot in their own name.

4.1.6.2 The State Chair, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the State Committee (for “Executive Committee” see Article 6), shall make appointments to fill vacancies in the positions of the State Vice-Chairs and State Treasurer for the remainder of the unexpired term.

4.1.7 Duties. The State Officers shall have the following duties:

4.1.7.1 State Chair. The State Chair shall:

(i) Preside at all meetings of the State Committee and the Executive Committee.

(ii) Prepare a proposed agenda for each meeting of the State Committee.

(iii) In consultation with the Executive Committee, appoint the chair of all standing and special committees except as provided elsewhere in these Bylaws.

(iv) Appoint the legal counsel of the IDP with the approval of the Executive Committee.

(v) Employ and appoint all other full-time paid personnel with the approval of the Executive Committee; and

(vi) Perform such duties as may be assigned by the State Committee as well as those which are customarily delegated to the State Chair.

4.1.7.2 State Vice-Chairs. The State Vice-Chairs shall:

(i) In the absence of the State Chair, or the inability to act, the State First Vice-Chair may perform the duties of the State Chair with prior approval of the Executive Committee.

(ii) The State Vice-Chairs shall also discharge such other duties as the State Committee may assign.

4.1.7.3 State Treasurer. The State Treasurer shall:

(i) Be the official custodian of all funds and securities of the State Committee of the IDP.

(ii) Maintain adequate records pertaining to the finances of the State Committee.

(iii) Pay all legal obligations and receive all monies of the State Committee.

(iv) Prepare and submit to the Executive and State Committee a financial report for inclusion within each meeting notice packet.

1.     Perform such duties as may be assigned by the State Committee and such duties as are customarily delegated to the Office of Treasurer.

2.    Serve as a member of the Finance and Compliance Committee.

Section 4.2 Officers of the Legislative District Committees.

4.2.1 Designation of Officers. The officers of each legislative district (the “Legislative District Officers”) are:

4.2.1.1 The Legislative District Chair;

4.2.1.2 The vice-chair of the legislative district (the “Legislative District Vice-Chair”);

4.2.1.3 The secretary of the legislative district (the “Legislative District Secretary”); and

4.2.1.4 The treasurer of the legislative district (the “Legislative District Treasurer”).

4.2.2 Eligibility. Any legal resident of the state of Idaho who is neither a candidate for, nor incumbent in the office of United States Senator, United States Representative, or any position elected from the state at-large shall be eligible to be a Legislative District Officer.

4.2.3 Nomination and Elections.

4.2.3.1 The Legislative District Members for a legislative district shall elect the Legislative District Officers for that legislative district. If a person holds more than one office, they shall have only one vote, excluding validly held proxies.

4.2.3.2 The Legislative District Officers shall be nominated from the floor and elected at the organizational meeting of the Legislative District Committee. Voting shall be by roll call vote and a majority of the Legislative District Members present shall be required to elect each Legislative District Officer. The Legislative District Committee may adopt such run-off procedures as it deems appropriate.

4.2.4 Term of office. The Legislative District Officers shall be elected for terms of two (2) years, beginning immediately following the organizational meeting at which they are elected and ending when their successor takes office. The Legislative District Officers are not limited in the number of terms in office they may serve.

4.2.5 Removal. The Legislative District Officers may be removed by following the procedures set forth for removal of State Officers set forth in Section 4.1.5 with the exception that at least one-quarter of the Precinct Captains in the legislative district must sign the removal petition.

4.2.6 Vacancies.

4.2.6.1 In the event of a vacancy in the office of Legislative District Chair, the Legislative District Vice-Chair shall convene a meeting of the Legislative District Committee within thirty (30) days of the vacancy to elect a new Legislative District Chair. If the Legislative District Vice-Chair fails to complete the election or if the legislative district does not have a Legislative District Vice-Chair, the State Chair shall convene the meeting, and designate a person to conduct the meeting, within thirty (30) days of the vacancy, if feasible.

4.2.6.2 Following the vacancy in the position of Legislative District Chair, the Legislative District Vice-Chair shall serve as Legislative District Chair until such time as the Legislative District Committee shall elect a replacement.

4.2.6.3 In the event there is no Legislative District Committee (no Precinct Captains), the State Chair shall have the power to fill a vacancy immediately in the office of Legislative District Chair, provided the State Chair shall first obtain the approval of the Executive Committee, and shall convene an election of the Legislative District Committee within thirty (30) days of the appointment.

4.2.6.4 The Legislative District Chair shall fill vacancies in the other Legislative District Officer positions as they occur. The term of such appointments shall continue until the Legislative District Committee shall elect replacements, which shall occur no later than the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Legislative District Committee.

4.2.7 Duties. The legislative district committee officers shall perform the following duties:

4.2.7.1 Legislative District Chair. The Legislative District Chair shall:

4.2.7.1.1 Chair all Legislative District Committee meetings.

4.2.7.1.2 Prepare a proposed agenda for each meeting of the Legislative District Committee.

4.2.7.1.3 Perform such duties as may be assigned be assigned by the State Committee or its designees, or by the Legislative District Committee and such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of Legislative District Chair.

4.2.7.2 Legislative District Vice-Chair. The Legislative District Vice-Chair shall:

4.2.7.2.1 Act as the Legislative District Chair at any meeting of the Legislative District Committee if the Legislative District Chair is absent.

4.2.7.2.2 Perform such duties as may be assigned by the Legislative District Committee, and such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of Legislative District Vice-Chair.

4.2.7.3 Legislative District Secretary. The Legislative District Secretary shall:

4.2.7.3.1 Record the minutes of all meetings of the Legislative District Committee or designate a member of such committee to record the minutes.

4.2.7.3.2 Consistent with these Bylaws and any rules adopted by the Legislative District Committee, prepare and distribute to all members of the Legislative District Committee, the notice of and the proposed agenda for meetings of the Legislative District Committee.

4.2.7.3.3 Keep all records and minutes of the Legislative District Committee for at least seven years or as required by law.

4.2.7.3.4 Perform such duties as may be assigned by the Legislative District Committee, and such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of Legislative District Secretary.

4.2.7.4 The Legislative District Treasurer shall:

4.2.7.4.1 Be the official custodian of all funds and securities of the Legislative District Committee.

4.2.7.4 .2 Maintain adequate records pertaining to the finances of the Legislative District Committee.

4.2.7.4.3 Pay all legal obligations and receive all monies of the Legislative District Committee.

4.2.7.4.4 Prepare and submit to the Legislative District Committee a financial report for each year within thirty (45) days of its closure.

4.2.7.4.5 Perform such duties as are customarily delegated to the Office of Treasurer.

Section 4.3 Officers of the County Committees.

4.3.1 Designation of Officers. The officers of each county (the “County Officers”) are:

4.3.1.1 The County Chair;

4.3.1.2 The vice-chair of the county (the “County Vice-Chair”); and

4.3.1.3 The secretary of the county (the “County Secretary”)

4.3.1.4 The state committeeman for the county (the “State Committeeman”)

4.3.1.5 The state committeewoman for the county (the “State Committeewoman”).

4.3.1.6 The treasurer of the county (the “County Treasurer”).

4.3.2 Eligibility. Any legal resident of the state of Idaho who is neither a candidate for, nor incumbent in the office of United States Senator, United States Representative, or any position elected from the state at-large, shall be eligible to be a County Officer.

4.3.3 Nomination and Elections.

4.3.3.1 The County Members for a County shall elect the County Officers for that County. If a person holds more than one office, they shall have only one vote, excluding validly held proxies.

4.3.3.2 The County Officers shall be nominated from the floor and elected at the organizational meeting of the County Committee. Voting shall be by roll call vote and a majority of the County Members present shall be required to elect each County Officer. The County Committee may adopt such run-off procedures as it deems appropriate.

4.3.4 Term of office. The officers shall be elected for terms of two (2) years beginning immediately following the organizational meeting at which they are elected and ending when their successor takes office. The County Officers are not limited in the number of terms in office they may serve.

4.3.5 Removal. The County Officers may be removed by following the procedures set forth for removal of State Officers set forth in Section 4.1.5 with the exception that at least one-quarter of the Precinct Captains in the County must sign the removal petition.

4.3.6 Vacancies.

4.3.6.1 In the event of a vacancy in the office of County Chair, the County Vice-Chair shall convene a meeting of the County Committee within thirty (30) days of the vacancy to elect a new County Chair. If the County Vice-Chair fails to complete the election or if the County does not have a County Vice-Chair, the State Chair shall convene the meeting, and designate a person to conduct the meeting, within thirty (30) days of the vacancy, if feasible.

4.3.6.2 Following the vacancy in the position of County Chair, the County Vice-Chair shall serve as County Chair until such time as the County Committee shall elect a replacement.

4.3.6.3 In the event there is no county committee (no Precinct Captains), the State Chair shall have the power to fill a vacancy immediately in the office of County Chair, provided the State Chair shall first obtain the approval of the Executive Committee, and shall convene an election of the County Committee within thirty (30) days of the appointment.

4.3.6.4 The County Chair shall fill vacancies in the other County Officer positions as they occur. The term of such appointments shall continue until the County Committee shall elect replacements, which shall occur no later than the next regularly scheduled meeting of the County Committee.

4.3.7 Duties. The County committee officers shall perform the following duties:

4.3.7.1 County Chair. The County Chair shall:

4.3.7.1.1 Chair all County Committee meetings.

4.3.7.1.2 Prepare a proposed agenda for each meeting of the County Committee.

4.3.7.1.3 Perform such duties as may be assigned be assigned by the State Committee or its designees, or by the County Committee, and such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of County Chair.

4.3.7.2 County Vice-Chair. The County Vice-Chair shall:

4.3.7.2.1 Act as the County Chair at any meeting of the County Committee if the County Chair is absent.

4.3.7.2.2 Perform such duties as may be assigned by the County Committee, and such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of County Vice-Chair.

4.3.7.3 County Secretary. The County Secretary shall:

4.3.7.3.1 Record the minutes of all meetings of the County Committee or designate a member of such committee to record the minutes.

4.3.7.3.2 Consistent with these Bylaws and any rules adopted by the County Committee, prepare and distribute to all members of the County Committee, the notice of and the proposed agenda for meetings of the County Committee.

4.3.7.3.3 Keep all records and minutes of the County Committee for at least seven years or as required by law.

4.3.7.3.4 Perform such duties as may be assigned by the County Committee, and such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of County Secretary.

4.3.7.4 The County Treasurer shall:

4.3.7.4.1 Be the official custodian of all funds and securities of the County Committee.

4.3.7.4.2 Maintain adequate records pertaining to the finances of the County Committee.

4.3.7.4.3 Pay all legal obligations and receive all monies of the County Committee.

4.3.7.4.4 Prepare and submit to the County Committee a financial report for each year within thirty (45) days of its closure.

4.3.7.4.5 Perform such duties as are customarily delegated to the Office of Treasurer.

4.3.7.5 State Committeeman and State Committeewoman. The State Committeeman and State Committeewoman shall:

4.3.7.5.1 Represent the County Committee on the State Committee;

4.3.7.5.2 Report to the County Committee regarding the activities of the State Committee.

4.3.7.5.3 Perform such duties as may be assigned by the State Committee or its designees, or by the County Committee, and such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of State Committeeman or State Committeewoman.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS

Section 5.1 Open Meetings. 

All IDP meetings shall be open to the public. Party organizations may adopt reasonable rules to permit executive sessions to discuss election strategy and other sensitive matters.

Section 5.2 Meetings of the State Committee.

5.2.1 Regular Meetings. The State Chair shall designate the time and place of regular meetings of the State Committee.

5.2.2 Frequency of Meetings. The State Committee shall meet at least four (4) times each year, including at least two (2) in-person meetings. The State Committee shall hold an organizational meeting in conjunction with the Frank Church Banquet in each year following the legislative general election at which the State Officers are elected. The State Committee shall also meet at the IDP State Convention during legislative election years.

5.2.3 Special Meetings. The State Chair may call a special meeting of the State Committee at any time. In the State Chair’s absence or incapacity, the State Vice-Chair may call a special meeting. Any other State Officer may call a special meeting in the absence or incapacity of the State Chair and the State Vice-Chair. One-fourth (1/4) of the State Committee Members (not including vacant positions) may call a special meeting at any time.

5.2.4 Notice. The person or persons calling any meeting of the State Commit-tee shall notify the State Committee Members in writing at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meeting of the date and time, place and the purpose for the meeting. Emergency meetings called upon shorter notice shall be deemed properly called if two-thirds (2/3) of the State Committee Members (not including vacant positions) are present or duly represented.

5.2.5 Quorum. One quarter (1/4) of the seated State Committee Members shall constitute a quorum for any regular or special meeting of the State Committee.

5.2.6 Agenda.

5.2.6.1 The person(s) calling the meeting shall prepare a proposed agenda and, where feasible, provide notice to the State Committee Members of the proposed agenda prior to each meeting. Proposals for additional items for the agenda or suggested changes shall be submitted to the Chair prior to the meeting. The first order of business of each meeting shall be the adoption of the agenda as amended, including such amendments as may be added from the floor by a majority of State Committee Members present.

5.2.6.2 Once adopted, the agenda shall govern the business conducted at the meeting, and matters not included on the agenda will not be considered, nor shall matters be considered in a different order than the adopted agenda, except by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.

5.2.6.3 Except as expressly stated elsewhere in the bylaws (e.g., replacement of officers), no business may be transacted at a special meeting that is not discussed in the notice of the meeting.

5.2.7 Voting.

5.2.7.1 Only those State Committee Members, or their proxies, who are present at the State Committee Meeting, in person or by telephone, web link, or similar device, shall be eligible to vote on Committee business.

5.2.7.2 In the absence or incapacity of a County Chair or a Legislative District Chair, the Vice-Chair may attend a meeting of the State Committee and vote in place of the County Chair or Legislative District Chair.

5.2.7.3 Except as set forth in Section 5.2.7.2, any State Committee Member may vote by proxy at any meeting of the State Committee. Such proxy shall be in writing, shall identify the meeting in question by date and the person to whom the proxy is granted. State Committee Members may grant their proxies only to another person who resides in their legislative district or county, whichever is greater in population. No person shall carry more than two proxies to a State Committee meeting.

5.2.7.4 The State Chair shall not vote except to break a tie.

5.2.8 Minutes of all meetings shall be recorded and distributed by a person appointed by the State Chair.

Section 5.3 Meetings of the Legislative District Committee.

5.3.1 Regular Meetings. The Legislative District Chair shall designate the time and place of regular meetings of the Legislative District Committee.

5.3.2 Frequency of Meetings. The Legislative District Committee shall meet, at a minimum, within 11 days following the primary election at which Precinct Captains are elected (currently, this election occurs every two years in even-numbered years). This paragraph shall apply both to existing committees and to newly constituted committees. If the organizational meeting does not occur, fails for want of a quorum or includes any defect, the Legislative District Chair or the State Chair may reconvene the meeting at any time, and the subsequently completed meeting will be deemed to meet the requirements of these Bylaws and applicable law.

5.3.3 Special Meetings. The Legislative District Chair may call a special meeting of the Legislative District Committee at any time. In the Legislative District Chair’s absence or incapacity, the Legislative District Vice-Chair may call a special meeting. Any other Legislative District Officer may call a special meeting in the absence or incapacity of the Legislative District Chair and the Legislative District Vice-Chair. One-fourth (1/4) of the Legislative District Committee Members may call a special meeting at any time. Special meetings of the Legislative District Committee may be called on whatever timetable is practicable for the purpose of recommending candidates to fill vacancies in the State Legislature.

5.3.4 Notice. The person or persons calling any meeting of the Legislative District Committee shall notify the Legislative District Committee Members in writing at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meeting of the date and time, place and the purpose for the meeting. Emergency meetings called upon shorter notice shall be deemed properly called if two-thirds (2/3) of the Legislative District Committee Members (not including vacant positions) are present or duly represented.

5.3.5 Quorum. One quarter (1/4) of the seated Legislative District Committee Members shall constitute a quorum for any regular or special meeting of the Legislative District Committee.

5.3.6 Agenda.

5.3.6.1 The person(s) calling the meeting shall prepare a proposed agenda and provide notice to the Legislative District Committee Members of the proposed agenda prior to each meeting. Proposals for additional items for the agenda or suggested changes shall be submitted to the Chair prior to the meeting. The first order of business of each meeting shall be the adoption of the agenda as amended, including such amendments as may be added from the floor by a majority of Legislative District Committee Members present.

5.3.6.2 Once adopted, the agenda shall govern the business conducted at the meeting, and matters not included on the agenda will not be considered, nor shall matters be considered in a different order than the adopted agenda, except by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.

5.3.6.3 No business may be transacted at a special meeting that is not discussed in the notice of the meeting except to fill a vacancy that occurs after the call for a meeting.

5.3.7 Voting.

5.3.7.1 Only those Legislative District Committee Members and Officers, or their proxies, who are present at the Legislative District Committee Meeting, in person or by telephone, web link, or similar device, shall be eligible to vote on Committee business. Proxy holders may be other Precinct Captains or other Democrats residing in the legislative district.

5.3.7.2 Proxies must be in a form reasonably acceptable to the Legislative District Chair. Proxies may be held by other Legislative District Committee Members but no person may hold more than one proxy. Legislative District Committees may grant automatic proxies to vice-captains or persons holding similar positions.

5.3.7.3 The Legislative District Chair shall not vote except to break a tie.

5.3.8 Meetings to Fill Legislative Vacancies.

5.3.8.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, in the event a Legislative District Committee has the right to recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in the Idaho State Legislature, the Chair of the Legislative District Committee in which such vacancy exists shall call a meeting of the Legislative District Committee within (10) days or such other period as required by law. At least forty-eight (48) hours notice shall be provided, by telephone, e-mail or facsimile wherever practicable.

5.3.8.2 Except as set forth in this paragraph, the voting procedures of Section 5.3.7 shall apply. Only Precinct Captains shall have the right to nominate candidates. The Legislative District Committee shall nominate three candidates, each of whom shall be a Democrat and shall have the legal qualifications to serve in the Idaho Legislature. Each Precinct Captain shall have the right to vote for three (3) candidates in order of preference.

5.3.8.3 The Legislative District Chair shall submit the names of the three nominees to the Governor within two (2) days of their selection. The nominees shall be listed in order of preference.

5.3.8.4 In the event the Governor does not fill the vacancy within the time required by law, and unless the Legislative District Committee specifically takes other action, the Legislative District Committee shall be deemed to have selected the candidate who had the highest vote total at the Legislative District Committee meeting and the Legislative District Chair shall notify the governor and any other necessary persons of this selection.

Section 5.4 Meetings of the County Committee.

5.4.1 Regular Meetings. The County Chair shall designate the time and place of regular meetings of the County Committee.

5.4.2 Frequency of Meetings. The County Committee shall meet, at a minimum, within 10 days following the primary election at which Precinct Captains are elected (currently, this election occurs every two years in even-numbered years). This paragraph shall apply both to existing committees and to newly constituted committees. If the organizational meeting fails for want of a quorum or includes any defect, the County Chair or the State Chair, if the County Chair is unable to act, may reconvene the meeting at any time, and the subsequently completed meeting will be deemed to meet the requirements of these Bylaws and applicable law. County Committees are strongly encouraged to meet at least four (4) times a year.

5.4.3 Special Meetings. The County Chair may call a special meeting of the County Committee at any time. In the County Chair’s absence or incapacity, the County Vice-Chair may call a special meeting. Any other County Officer may call a special meeting in the absence or incapacity of the County Chair and the County Vice-Chair. One-fourth (1/4) of the County Committee Members may call a special meeting at any time. Special meetings of the County Committee may be called on whatever timetable is practicable for the purpose of recommending candidates to fill vacancies in county offices.

5.4.4 Notice. The person or persons calling any meeting of the County Committee shall notify the County Committee Members in writing at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meeting of the date and time, place and the purpose for the meeting. Emergency meetings called upon shorter notice shall be deemed properly called if two-thirds (2/3) of the County Committee Members (not including vacant positions) are present or duly represented. Special meetings of the County Committee may be called on whatever notice is practicable for purposes of recommending candidates to fill vacancies in county offices.

5.4.5 Quorum. One quarter (1/4) of the seated County Committee Members shall constitute a quorum for any regular or special meeting of the County Committee.

5.4.6 Agenda.

5.4.6.1 The person(s) calling the meeting shall prepare a proposed agenda and provide notice to the County Committee Members of the proposed agenda prior to each meeting. Proposals for additional items for the agenda or suggested changes shall be submitted to the Chair prior to the meeting. The first order of business of each meeting shall be the adoption of the agenda as amended, including such amendments as may be added from the floor by a majority of County Committee Members present.

5.4.6.2 Once adopted, the agenda shall govern the business conducted at the meeting, and matters not included on the agenda will not be considered, nor shall matters be considered in a different order than the adopted agenda, except by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.

5.4.6.3 No business may be transacted at a special meeting that is not discussed in the notice of the meeting, except to fill a vacancy that occurs after the call for the meeting.

5.4.7 Voting.

5.4.7.1 Only those County Committee Members and Officers, or their proxies, who are present at the County Committee Meeting, in person or by telephone, web link, or similar device, shall be eligible to vote on Committee business. Proxy holders may be other Precinct Captains or other Democrats residing in the county.

5.4.7.2 Proxies must be in a form reasonably acceptable to the County Chair. Proxies may be held by other County Committee Members but no person may hold more than one proxy.

5.4.7.3 The County Chair shall not vote except to break a tie.

5.4.8 Meetings for filling county commission vacancies.

5.4.8.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, in the event a County Committee has the right to recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in the county commission, the County Chair of the County Committee in which such vacancy exists shall call a meeting of the County Committee within (10) days or such other period as required by law. At least forty-eight (48) hours notice shall be provided, by telephone, e-mail or facsimile wherever practicable.

5.4.8.2 Except as set forth in this paragraph, the voting procedures of Section 5.4.7 shall apply. Only Precinct Captains shall have the right to nominate candidates. The County Committee shall nominate three candidates, each of whom shall be a Democrat and shall have the legal qualifications to serve as a county commissioner. Each Precinct Captain shall have the right to vote for three (3) candidates in order of preference.

5.4.8.3 The County Chair shall submit the names of the three nominees to the Governor within two (2) days of their selection. The nominees shall be listed in order of preference.

5.4.8.4 In the event the Governor does not fill the vacancy within the time required by law, and unless the County Committee specifically takes other action, the County Committee shall be deemed to have selected the candidate who had the highest vote total at the County Committee meeting and the County Chair shall notify the governor and any other necessary persons of this selection.

5.4.9 Meetings to Fill Other County Vacancies.

5.4.9.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, in the event a County Committee has the right to recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in any county office other than commissioner, including prosecuting attorney, treasurer, sheriff, coroner, assessor, auditor, clerk or clerk of the district court, the County Chair of the County Committee in which such vacancy exists shall call a meeting of the County Committee within (10) days or such other period as required by law. At least forty-eight (48) hours notice shall be provided, by telephone, e-mail or facsimile wherever practicable.

5.4.9.2 Except as set forth in this paragraph, the voting procedures of Section 5.4.7 shall apply. Only Precinct Captains shall have the right to nominate candidates. The County Committee shall nominate three candidates, each of whom shall be a Democrat and shall have the legal qualifications to serve in the office in which the vacancy exists. Each Precinct Captain shall have the right to vote for three (3) candidates in order of preference.

5.4.9.3 The County Chair shall submit the names of the three nominees to the board of county commissioners within two (2) days of their selection. The nominees shall be listed in order of preference.

5.4.9.4 In the event the board of county commissioners does not fill the vacancy within the time required by law, and unless the County Committee specifically takes other action, the County Committee shall be deemed to have selected the candidate who had the highest vote total at the County Committee meeting and the County Chair shall notify the board of county commissioners and any other necessary persons of this selection.

ARTICLE VI – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 6.1 Creation of Executive Committee. 

It being necessary for the business of the State Committee to be carried on from month to month and the size and geographical distribution of the State Committee being such that frequent, regular meetings of the State Committee are impractical, an Executive Committee of the State Committee is hereby created.

Section 6.2 Powers.

The Executive Committee shall have the power to:

6.2.1 Act for the State Committee between regular meetings, provided the actions are submitted to the State Committee for ratification or rejection at its next meeting.

6.2.2 Carry forward the policies and programs of the Democratic National Committee and the IDP.

6.2.3 Make recommendations to the State Committee on budgetary and personnel matters and provide oversight for State Party expenditures.

Section 6.3 Membership.

6.3.1 Except as set forth in Section 6.4, the voting members of the Executive Committee (the “Executive Committee Members”) shall consist of the State Chair, State Vice-Chairs, State Treasurer, the National Committeeman and National Committeewoman, and eight State Committee Members from seven regions (the “Regional Representatives”) designated as follows:

Region I: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone (one representative).

Region II: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce (one representative).

Region III: Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington (one representative).

Regions IV: Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley (two representatives, one from Congressional District 1 and one from Congressional District 2).

Region V: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls (one representative).

Region VI: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power (one representative).

Region VII: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton (one representative).

6.3.2 Additionally, the State Chair may from time to time appoint non-voting, advisory members to the Executive Committee to reflect the views and interests of the various constituent groups of the IDP. Such members shall receive notice of all meetings of the Executive Committee and may participate in such meetings except as noted.

Section 6.4 Election of Members.

The Regional Representatives shall serve two year terms and shall be elected by the State Committee Members from their respective regions, with each State Committee Member receiving one vote. A State Committee Member’s region shall be determined by the location of his or her physical residence. The election shall be conducted in the same manner and at the same meeting as that of the State Chair.

6.4.1 Each State Committee Member may nominate Regional Representative candidates from his or her own region, and may nominate himself or herself. The State Chair may nominate Regional Representative candidates for any and all regions.

Section 6.5 Meetings and Telephone Conferences.

6.5.1 The Executive Committee shall meet to act for the State Central Committee when time does not permit a proper calling of a meeting of the Central Committee, provided the actions are submitted to the State Central Committee for endorsements or rejection at its next meeting.

6.5.2 The State Chair or his or her designee shall give notice in writing and by mail to all Executive Committee Members at least ten (10) days prior to the date of any Executive Committee meeting. Notice of telephone conferences shall be attempted by telephone at least twenty-four (24) hours before the conference. Any shorter notice shall need to be sanctioned by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at the meeting or during the telephone conference.

6.5.3 Five (5) Executive Committee Members may call a meeting of the Executive Committee by providing notice of such meeting, in writing, to each of the other members at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

Section 6.6 Quorum.

A majority of the voting members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum. Except for the Regional Representatives, a vacancy in any position on the Executive Committee shall not be counted for purposes of determining a quorum.

Section 6.7 Proxies.

Proxies shall not be permitted for Executive Committee Members.

Section 6.8 Vacancies. 

Any vacancy in a Regional Representative position on the Executive Committee shall be filled, in the first instance, by the State Chair, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. Any such appointee must be a member of the State Committee from a county within the region experiencing the vacancy. The State Committee shall either confirm or reject the State Chair’s appointment at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 6.9 Removal. 

Members of the Executive Committee serve at the pleasure of the State Committee and may be removed by a majority vote thereof at any properly called meeting of the State Committee.

ARTICLE VII – OTHER COMMITTEES

Section 7.1 Standing Committees. 

The standing committees of the State Committee (the “Standing Committees”) shall be:

7.1.1 Membership and Fundraising Committee

7.1.2 Finance and Compliance Committee

7.1.3 Personnel Committee

7.1.4 Rules and Bylaws Committee

7.1.4.1 The Rules and Bylaws Committee shall act as the Committee on Convention Standing Rules and shall advise the State Chair and Convention Chair during State Conventions.

7.1.5 Convention Committees: (Convention Committees shall be active during convention years and at other times as deemed appropriate by the State Chair.)

7.1.5.1 Platform Committee

7.1.5.2 Credentials Committee

7.1.5.3 Program Committee

7.1.5.4 Standing Rules Committee (The Standing Committee on Rules and Bylaws shall act as the Standing Rules Committee during Conventions)

7.1.6 Campaign Committee(s): (Campaign Committees shall be active during campaign years and at other times as deemed appropriate by the State Chair. These committees may be one committee or two committees as designated by the State Chair.)

7.1.6.1 Coordinated Campaign Committee

7.1.6.2 Statewide Candidate Recruitment Committee

7.1.7 Communications Committee

7.1.8 Technology and Voter File Committee

7.1.5.5 Resolutions Committee (All Resolutions to be heard by the IDP shall first be heard by the Committee. Any Resolution not recommended to the body by the Resolutions committee may be advanced from the Committee with a 2/3 vote of the body)

7.1.9 Affirmative Action Committee

Section 7.2 Duties of Standing Committees. 

The State Chair or his or her designee shall, in consultation with the Executive Committee, designate the objectives and duties of the Standing Committee to the committee chair in writing. No Standing Committee shall have the power to act on behalf of the State Committee unless the State Committee expressly grants such power in writing.

Section 7.3 Additional Standing Committees and Special Committees.

7.3.1 The State Committee may create additional Standing Committees as it deems appropriate by majority vote of the State Committee Members present at any meeting of the State Committee.

7.3.2 The State Chair may appoint special committees to address issues not otherwise addressed by the standing committees and may limit the duration of the committee’s operation.

Section 7.4 Committee Chairs and Membership.

7.4.1 The State Chair shall appoint all Standing Committee and Special Committee chairs, in consultation with the Executive Committee. Committee Chairs shall serve at the discretion of the State Chair.

7.4.2 The State Chair shall appoint all members of all Standing Committees and Special Committees, in consultation with the appointed Committee Chair. Membership in Standing Committees shall be as geographically representative as is reasonable. Term of membership in all Standing and Special Committees shall be at the discretion of the State Chair.

7.4.3 A committee chair shall have the same powers within the committee as the State Chair has within the State Committee, including the right to vote on all matters before the committee.

7.4.4 Reporting Procedures: All Standing Committee chairs or their designees shall report on behalf of the committee to the State Committee during the meeting of the State Committee at the Frank Church Banquet and at any other State Committee meeting when requested by the State Chair. The form of the report shall be designated by the State Chair. The State Chair may request that the Committee Chair or designee report from time to time to the Executive Committee to provide information important to decision making of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VIII – DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Section 8.1 DNC Affiliate. 

The IDP shall serve as the affiliate of the DNC for the State of Idaho.

Section 8.2 Idaho Members of DNC. 

The State Chair, next highest officer of the State Committee of a gender different than that of the State Chair (failing that, a member of the State Committee satisfying the gender requirement elected by that body specifically for this purpose), and a gender-balanced group of National Committeemen and National Committeewomen elected to fill such additional slots as allocated by the DNC, shall serve as members of the DNC as provided by the National Charter.

Section 8.3 Election of National Committeeman/Committeewoman.

The National Committeeman and National Committeewoman shall be elected at the State Democratic Convention in presidential election years by a majority vote of the delegates present and voting. Such members shall serve for a term of four (4) years; this term of office shall commence at the next quadrennial reorganization meeting of the DNC.

Section 8.4 Vacancies. 

In the event that a vacancy should occur in the office of a National Committeeman or National Committeewoman, the State Chair shall within sixty (60) days call a meeting of the State Committee at which time a new National Committeeman or National Committeewoman, as the case may be, shall be appointed by the State Committee until a successor can be duly elected at the next State Democratic Convention

Section 8.5 Duties. 

The duties of National Committeeman and National Committeewoman shall be as provided by the National Charter. In addition, they may be asked to undertake such other duties as the State Committee may designate, the acceptance of which is solely at their individual discretion.

Section 8.6 Election of National Delegates. 

The IDP shall participate in the election of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in accordance with the IDP’s delegate selection plan approved by the DNC.

ARTICLE IX – CONVENTIONS

Section 9.1 Call. 

The State Chair, acting on the recommendations of the State Committee, shall call the State Democratic Convention (“State Convention”) each legislative election year during the month of June. The purpose of the State Convention shall be:

9.1.1 Adopt a platform for the IDP.

9.1.2 In the year of Presidential elections:

9.1.2.1 Elect delegates to the Democratic National Convention in the manner prescribed by DNC rules.

9.1.2.2 Elect National Committeeman and National Committeewoman pursuant to sections 8.2 and 8.3 of these Bylaws.

9.1.2.3 Ratify the selection of Presidential electors nominated by the State Chair; in the event that one or more such electors are rejected by a majority of the State Convention delegates, the State Chair shall nominate for ratification new electors to fill any such slots until all elector positions are filled.

9.1.2.4 Perform other functions as may be assigned to it by the State Committee and consistent with the National Charter, applicable law, and these Bylaws.

Section 9.2 Delegate Selection Procedure. 

The procedures for selecting delegates to the State Convention shall be determined by the State Committee but must be consistent with the National Charter, applicable law, these Bylaws and a delegate selection plan/convention call if applicable. Delegates to the Democratic National Convention shall be elected in accordance with the applicable DNC delegate selection plan.

9.2.1 Delegations. Delegates selected to the State Convention shall be proportionally apportioned among various geographic-region delegations by a formula chosen by the State Committee that may factor in the population of each region and the most recent vote totals for the Democratic Gubernatorial and/or Presidential candidates within each region.

9.2.2 Delegation Regions Defined. For any county contained wholly within the boundaries of a single Congressional District, that County shall constitute a Delegation Region. For any county divided among Congressional Districts, each geographic subdivision uniquely determined by the combination of County and Congressional District shall constitute a Delegation Region.

9.2.3 Eligibility to Serve as Delegate. Any person who is a registered Democrat in the state of Idaho at the time of the subsequent Legislative Election, and who resides in a Delegation Region at the time of selection, may serve as a State Convention Delegate from that region.

9.2.4 Ex-Officio Delegates. The following persons are automatically ex-officio voting delegates to the State Convention: State Committee members, members of the DNC from Idaho (whether elected under these Bylaws or otherwise so designated), any Democratic Idaho State Senator, any Democratic Idaho State Representative, any Democratic Idaho U.S. Senator, any Democratic Idaho U.S. Congressman, Democratic statewide elected officials. These members shall be added on as a part of their respective delegations, but shall not be replaced with alternates in their absence.

9.2.5 Delegation Chair. Prior to the State Convention, each Delegation shall elect from among its ranks a Delegation Chair, to perform whatever administrative duties are so assigned under the rules of that Convention.

Section 9.3 General Provisions.

9.3.1 Any contested election held during the State Convention or any delegate-selection process thereto shall be conducted by signed written ballot. Pursuant to the National Charter, secret ballots are explicitly prohibited at any step in the Convention process.

9.3.2 The State Chair, his or her successors, and their respective staff, shall ensure that ballots are preserved for a reasonable period of time not less than five years after the Convention concludes.

9.3.3 No mandatory fee may be imposed upon any delegate for the privilege of attending and voting at the State Convention or any step of the delegate-selection process.

9.3.4 The State Convention, and any caucuses or committee hearings therein, shall be an open meeting to which the media is explicitly permitted and invited to attend and report upon.

9.3.5 The use of the Unit Rule regarding the voting practices of any delegation is explicitly prohibited.

9.3.6 Minority Reports. Upon the vote of 25% of the members of any State Convention committee, a minority report shall be prepared and presented to the convention as a whole, either by way of amendment or as a substitute for a majority report.

9.3.7 Petition Requirements. A petition signed by 25% of the Delegates attending a Convention shall automatically place a specified item of business, for which there is not already a specified process, on that Convention’s agenda. Such petition must be submitted on forms prescribed by the State Chair, and each State Delegate’s signature must be accompanied by a printed name, delegation, and County identifier.

9.3.8 Proxy Voting. Delegates may assign a signed proxy to another member of their delegation provided no alternate from that delegation remains available to take that delegate’s spot. When an alternate is not available, proxies may be assigned pursuant to the provisions of such proxy votes in the State Convention rules.

9.3.9 Location. The location of the State Convention shall be at the discretion of the State Committee.

9.3.10 Conclusion of Business. Convention Business will be concluded at a reasonable time each day, at the discretion of the Convention Chair.

Section 9.4 Convention Orders.

9.4.1 Convening and Temporary Roll. The State Chair, acting as Temporary Chair of the State Convention, shall convene and call-to-order the State Convention at the predetermined time and location specified under the Call for same. Immediately thereafter, the Credentials Committee shall submit to the Convention for ratification a preliminary report establishing a temporary roll for same.

9.4.2 Permanent Chair. Subsequent to the establishment of the temporary roll of the Convention, the Temporary Chair shall open the floor for nominations for the election of a Permanent Chair for the Convention. Subsequent to the election of a Permanent Chair, that Chair shall announce the times and location of subsequent Convention committee hearings, and then commence any Opening Ceremonies that have been scheduled. A recess may then be in order to provide for those committee hearings and any other events that may have been scheduled.

9.4.3 Committee Reports. No earlier than noon local time on the first-scheduled “full” day of the State Convention, the State Convention shall be called back into order to receive, in order, the reports of the:

9.4.3.1 Rules and Bylaws Committee, regarding the rules and any delegate-selection-plan-related issues (if appropriate).

9.4.3.2 Credentials Committee, to establish the permanent roll of the State Convention.

9.4.3.3 Platform Committee, to present a draft platform for debate and subsequent ratification.

9.4.3.4 Resolutions Committee, to review and present proposed Resolutions for debate and adoption.

9.4.4 Non-Presidential-Election Years. In a year without a Presidential election, subsequent to the ratification of the platform, the Permanent Chair shall call upon the State Convention for whatever other business has been delegated to it by the State Committee; following that, any closing ceremonies and then adjournment would be in order.

9.4.5 Delegate Selection. Following the ratification of the platform, the Permanent Chair shall recess the State Convention that the delegates may reconvene in their appropriate geographic-and-preference caucuses for the election of the delegates so-apportioned to the Democratic National Convention.

9.4.6 At-Large Delegate Selection. Once the delegate selection caucuses have adjourned, the Permanent Chair shall re-convene the Convention for the purpose of electing any National Convention delegates apportioned to the convention at-large.

9.4.7 National Committee Selection. Once the National Convention delegate selection has been completed, the State Convention shall proceed to the election of Democratic National Committeeman and Committeewoman as provided for in sections 8.2 and 8.3 of these Bylaws.

9.4.8 Presidential Electors. Following the completion of the election of National Committeeman and National Committeewoman, the State Convention shall proceed to the ratification process for Presidential electors identified in section 9.1.2.3 of these Bylaws.

9.4.9 Presidential-Election Years. In a year with a Presidential election, subsequent to the ratification of the Presidential Electors, the Permanent Chair shall call upon the State Convention for whatever other business has been delegated to it by the State Committee; following that, any closing ceremonies and then adjournment would be in order.

ARTICLE X – SPECIAL GROUPS

Section 10.1 – Special Groups

The State Central Committee may grant official recognition to a statewide group of Democrats sharing demographic or similar identifying factors.  These groups are meant to encourage people with similar interests to be active in supporting the Democratic Party’s mission.  The purpose of granting official recognition is to enable increased participation in the policy decisions and the outreach programs of the IDP.

Recognition is subject to the following provisions:

10.1.1 A group must present a proposal and a draft mission statement for approval by the Executive Committee.

10.1.2 Group bylaws must be submitted for approval to the IDP through the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the IDP.

10.1.3 After approval of the Executive Committee, the proposed group must obtain the signatures of at least 20 percent of the membership of the State Central Committee.  The signatures must be submitted to the Rules and Bylaws Committee along with the proposed bylaws of the group.

10.1.4 The Rules and Bylaws Committee reviews the bylaws of prospective special group to ensure those Bylaws meet the goals and bylaws of the IDP.  The committee may recommend approval of the group to the State Central Committee.

10.1.5 To achieve official recognition, the group must be approved by the State Central Committee within a year of the recognition process.

10.1.6 Each group is responsible for complying with any state regulations and financial requirements and is responsible for its own compliance requirements.

10.1.7 Official recognition of a group extends until the State Central Committee votes to remove recognition.

10.1.8 The group must demonstrate it has at least 10 active members.

10.1.9 Membership and full voting rights in an officially recognized group is open to all registered Democrats who meet the membership requirements.

10.1.10 Group Bylaws must include a statement declaring that the group will support only Democratic elected officials and Democratic nominees in partisan races.

10.1.11 Failure to comply may result in a vote by the State Central Committee to remove recognition of the Group.  If recognition of the Group is removed, the Group may reapply for recognition through the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE XI – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY AND INTERPRETATION

Section 11.1 Rules and Guidelines. 

The rules contained in the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the IDP in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws, applicable law, and any special rules the IDP shall adopt.

Section 11.2 Parliamentarian. 

The State Chair shall have the authority to appoint a parliamentarian to serve at the Executive Committee, State Committee and other designated meetings.

Section 11.3 Interpretation.

11.3.1 The term “in writing” shall include e-mail, facsimile and other methods of electronic transmission, where appropriate.

11.3.2 These Bylaws shall be interpreted liberally to achieve their stated and intended purposes.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS

Section 12.1 Amendments. 

These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the State Committee, provided that:

12.1.1 The proposed amendment has been reviewed and given a recommendation for its disposition by the Rules and Bylaws Committee.

12.1.2 A copy of the proposed amendment, together with the portion of the bylaws it would change, has been sent to each State Committee Member not less than (10) days prior to the meeting, and

12.1.2.1 “Sent” is defined as: mailed, received and acknowledged by phone or by e-mail, e-mailed and acknowledged, served in person at a meeting or at another place by someone designated by the State Chair or Rules and Bylaws Committee.

12.1.3 The proposed amendment shall be favored by a two-thirds vote of members present.

12.1.4 Any change under Idaho state law that changes the legislative districts or names or numbers of counties within the State of Idaho shall constitute an administrative change to the bylaws and shall be incorporated into these Bylaws immediately upon adoption by the Idaho State Legislature and shall not require an amendment of these Bylaws by the State Committee.

2018 RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION #1

Name: Courtney Beebe

Email: cbeebe@hotmail.com

Category: Healthcare

Resolution: Suicide prevention

WHEREAS, the suicide rate in the United States has increased 30% since 1999, 

WHEREAS, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15 through 34 and for males up to age 44, 

WHEREAS, Idaho has the eighth highest suicide rate, 57% higher than the national average in 2016, 

WHEREAS, the suicide rate in the farming, fishing, and forestry industries is five times as high as the population as a whole,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party supports efforts to increase mental health care funding for use by cities, counties, public schools, and public universities to provide access to crisis intervention and mental health care,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party supports encouraging each state institution of higher education and public-school servicing grades 8 through 12 to make available to all incoming students information about mental health topics, including depression and suicide prevention resources available to all students. This information provided to students should include available mental health services and other support services, including student-run organizations for individuals at risk of or affected by suicide,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party advocates for supporting the expansion of mental health services and financial counseling services in rural communities to assist the unique challenges and stresses faced by members of the farming, fishing, and forestry industries.

RESOLUTION #2

Name: Tom Backman

Email: twhb@usermail.com

Category: Building a future for the Democratic Party

BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party will strengthen support of county Democratic organizations by improving strategic messaging of IDP values, gathering information and feedback from county central committee members, and strengthen development of local strategies to recruit and promote potential candidates for all public appointed and/or elected positions. This process will facilitate the development of local to national strategies and identify successful Democrats that can advance into higher levels of elected positions.

RESOLUTION #3

Name: John Andrechak

Email: johnandrechak@hotmail.com

Category: Labor

Resolution: Workers’ Rights

WHEREAS, the Idaho Democratic Party recognizes that workers’ rights to organize is not only an inalienable right but is the most certain way to achieving our Party’s stated principle of a livable wage for all Idahoans,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Idaho Democratic Party opposes any government or employer activity that interferes with labor and union activity, and stands foursquare in the labor struggle.

RESOLUTION #4

Name:  Kathy Judson, Cheryl Halverson

Category: Public Lands

Resolution: OPPOSE UPPER LOCHSA LAND EXCHANGE REBRANDED AS CENTRAL IDAHO LAND EXCHANGE

WHEREAS, the people of Idaho cherish their public lands and access thereto,

WHEREAS, the Central Idaho Land Exchange is essentially the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange deliberately rebranded,

WHEREAS, the people of Idaho have previously made their opposition so clear to said land exchange that even Sen. Risch refused to bring legislation to facilitate it,

WHEREAS, publicly owned U.S. Forest Service lands are maintained for multiple use as opposed to state-owned lands, which must be maintained for the highest rate of return,

WHEREAS, despite Idaho Department of Lands’ statements that forest land cannot be sold, IDL has historically reclassified land to non-forest, and then sold or exchanged it,

WHEREAS, this three-way deal (IDL puts millions in escrow, Western Pacific Timber transfers the over-harvested “checkerboard” lands in the Upper Lochsa to the Forest Service, the Forest Service transfers existing publicly owned lands to the IDL, which then releases the funds to Western Pacific Timber) may be interpreted as setting precedent for the sale or trade of federal public lands to the states or to private ownership,

WHEREAS, the Idaho Democratic Party has supported protection of and access to our public lands,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party stands in opposition to the rebranded Upper Lochsa Land Exchange (now called Central Idaho Land Exchange) and that the delegates to this convention call upon our elected officials to refrain from any legislation facilitating this exchange.

RESOLUTION #5

Name: Kathy Dawes

Email: kdawes208@gmail.com

Category: Education Funding, Separation of Church, and State

Resolution: 

WHEREAS, the Idaho legislature has the constitutional duty to provide a “thorough system of public, free schools,”

WHEREAS, per-student spending in public schools in Idaho is second lowest in the country and Idaho’s revenue relies on fluctuating income and sales taxes, which contribute to volatility in the funding of public education,

WHEREAS, Idaho’s Blaine Amendment states, “Neither the legislature nor any county, city, town, township, school district, or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian or religious society, or for any sectarian or religious purpose, or to help support or sustain any school, academy, seminary, college, university or other literary or scientific institution, controlled by any church, sectarian or religious denomination whatsoever . . . .”  Idaho Const. Art. IX, § 5.

WHEREAS, if private and religious schools receive public funding, they would be subject to governmental regulations and control, potentially interfering with their curricula or other practices.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party will work to prevent Idaho taxpayer dollars from going toward paying tuition or fees, directly or by voucher, for religious or private schools.

RESOLUTION #6

Name: Kathy Dawes

Email: kdawes208@gmail.com

Category: Health Care

Resolution: Family Planning

WHEREAS, family planning reduces poverty, increases educational attainment and workforce competitiveness, improves health, and provides people the opportunity to make educated choices,

WHEREAS, family planning results in a reduction in the number of unintended pregnancies, which saves taxpayers and the state significant money that would be spent on support services,

WHEREAS, health care clinics that offer family planning services also offer cancer screenings, basic health services, and routine examinations, and rural communities in Idaho already lack adequate medical services,

WHEREAS, closing family planning institutions punishes women by limiting their economic choices and reduces access to sex education programs that prevent unintended pregnancy and disease,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party promotes increased access to preconception counseling, family planning services, and supplies, especially to low-income women who are otherwise ineligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or health insurance that covers family planning services.

RESOLUTION #7

Name: Kathy Dawes

Email: kdawes208@gmail.com

Category: Healthcare

Resolution: Faith-Healing Exemptions

WHEREAS, Idaho has faith-healing exemptions in four areas of its state law: 

1) manslaughter laws, 2) civil liability for abuse or neglect, 3) misdemeanor criminal charges for neglect or injury of a child, and 4) felony criminal charges for neglect or injury of a child, which shelter parents from criminal or civil liability if they deny their children medical care and the children die,

WHEREAS, child advocates estimate that 183 Idaho infants, children, and teens have died because of withheld medical treatment since the exemption laws were enacted by the Idaho Legislature in the 1970s,

WHEREAS, these exemptions apply for a very small segment of the population and are, therefore, discriminatory,

WHEREAS, more children die of faith-based medical neglect in Idaho than any other state, (according to Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, a nonprofit organization that tracks medical neglect),

WHEREAS, NO child should die as a result of neglect of ANY kind,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party will promote legislation to abolish faith-healing exemptions in our state.

RESOLUTION #8

Name: Pat Tucker, Category: Elections

Resolution of the Idaho Democratic Party

to Urge Idaho to Join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

Whereas the Electoral College is undemocratic, disenfranchises voters in U.S. general elections, and violates the one person one vote principle of fair and trusted elections,

Whereas, the U.S. Constitution allows states under Article 2 to determine how they elect electors to the Electoral College, but all states have a winner-takes-all rule except Nebraska and Maine, making it impossible for each person’s vote to count in general elections and in 2000 and 2016 for the majority of the votes not to count,

Whereas, before 2000, only in 1824, 1876, and 1888 did the candidate winning the popular not win the electoral vote, showing that with more urbanization, the outcome of general elections under the Electoral College progressively will be more likely against the popular vote,

Whereas, a rural vote should not count for more than an urban vote,

Whereas, the Electoral College is outdated and, according to legal scholars, was designed to protect the interests of southern slaveholding states,

Whereas, the Electoral College by basing votes on the number of each state’s Congressional delegation shortchanges populous states (California’s electoral college voting power is 16% smaller than allocation based on population would be while the least populous states have 143% of the voting power they would have based on population) and does not reflect contemporary demographics,

Whereas, if the Electoral College votes were counted proportionately among the states, instead of winner take all, both Al Gore in 2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 would have the presidential elections,

Whereas, the Electoral College discourages voter turnout,

Whereas, abolishing the Electoral College is difficult (a two-thirds majority is required in both the House and Senate and ratification by three-fourths of the states),

Whereas, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) would not require abolition of the Electoral College but for states with a majority of the electoral votes to agree to use their power under Article II of the constitution to appoint their electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote outcome.  To date 11 states (California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, and Washington) and the District of Columbia have joined NPVIC, amounting to 172 of the 270 electoral vote majority to win.

Whereas, Idaho could place joining the NPVIC on the ballot through a voter initiative, as is currently underway in three states—Arizona, Maine, and Missouri,

Be It Resolved that the Idaho Democratic Party supports joining NPVIC so that every vote of every citizen counts equally in U.S. presidential elections.

RESOLUTION #9

Name: Pat Tucker

Category: Health Care

Resolution of the IDP to Support Medicaid Expansion for All

WHEREAS one Idahoan dies each day because of lack of health care coverage, and countless others suffer irreversible health damage because of delayed care for medical or surgical conditions.

WHEREAS Medicaid expansion will save lives.  Medicaid results in improved health care outcomes, access to services, including behavioral health care, and financial stability for recipients, infant mortality reductions, increases in early cancer diagnoses, increases in opioid use disorder treatment, and improves ongoing care for chronic diseases, and mortality benefits that increase over time as a result of the “heroism of incremental care.”

WHEREAS Medicaid expansion will save money.  Medicaid expansion will save Idaho millions of dollars every year. Medicaid expansion will save money for the state of Idaho and its counties, essentially eliminating the need for the state catastrophic fund and county property tax funds. The original Milliman report, commissioned by the legislature in 2012, suggested Medicaid expansion would save the state $25.7M in fiscal year 2019.

WHEREAS Medicaid is an efficient, comprehensive, cost-effective way to provide care. Medicaid stands out as far more efficient and cost-effective than many other U.S. health care systems, spending only 3.3% of funds for administration.

WHEREAS In expansion states, Medicaid expansion has benefitted the state’s economy. Studies conducted on a national basis, in multiple states, and in single states, demonstrate that Medicaid expansion results in state budget savings, revenue gains, and improved economic growth.

WHEREAS Medicaid is the fair, equitable way to extend healthcare to the working poor and disabled, and will provide coverage to the 51,000 to 62,000 low-income Idahoans now in the gap who currently have no options for health insurance,

WHEREAS Medicaid expansion will likely be on the ballot as an initiative on November 6, 2018,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party supports Medicaid expansion and the election of candidates to state office who support Medicaid expansion.

RESOLUTION #10

Name: Pat Tucker, Category: Superdelegates

Resolution of the Idaho Democratic Party to Abolish Superdelegates

WHEREAS, 712 votes of the 4,763 total votes to nominate the presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention are cast by “superdelegates” —or 15% of the total and one-third of the total required to secure nomination,

WHEREAS, the votes by superdelegates are unpledged and NOT bound by the results of primaries or caucuses,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate process is fundamentally undemocratic,

WHEREAS, superdelegates are guaranteed their positions based on political patronage (they are current and past national Democratic officeholders and party officials), they are the party elite, they preserve the power and influence of the Democratic Party establishment, and they disenfranchise voters,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate system gives momentum and a near insurmountable early lead for establishment, status quo candidates over grassroots challengers,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate process goes against the Democratic party’s appeal to its base through being a party of all the people,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate process was formed in 1982 by the Hunt Commission to curtail the democracy in the primary process and, thereby, voter participation, and restore control of the nominating process to elected party officials and party elites,

WHEREAS, the Hunt Commission overruled reforms made after the 1968 convention in which Hubert Humphrey, who did not win a single primary, was nominated by the party establishment over Eugene McCarthy, who won a majority of the primaries,

WHEREAS, these reforms were made to give more nominating power to voters, more diversity among voting delegates, and resulted in the dramatic growth of primaries nationwide and nearly tripled participation in primaries and caucuses,

WHEREAS, minorities and women have been historically underrepresented as superdelegates relative to their percentage in the national population,

WHEREAS, Maine passed a resolution at its state convention in 2016 requiring superdelegates to vote in 2020 in proportion to the results of the state primary or caucus,

WHEREAS, the elected delegates, under this resolution, would be released to vote for the presidential nominee of their choice after the first ballot at the national convention,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party, on behalf of its members, supports the DNC abolishing the use of superdelegates and that the DNC and Idaho elect all delegates, with those delegates being pledged to particular candidates based on popular vote outcomes in state primaries or caucuses.

RESOLUTION #11

Name: Archie George

Email: archiea.george@gmail.com

Category: Law and Justice

Resolution: Repeal 2018 Trespass Law

WHEREAS, the controversial trespass bill, which goes into effect July 1, 2018, was hastily composed and passed at the very end of the 2018 Idaho legislative session (see https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article207221099.html),

WHEREAS, Gov. Otter did not sign the bill but let it become law without his signature,

WHEREAS, Governor Otter stated, regarding the bill, in a letter to House Speaker Scott Bedke “there remain significant legal and practical concerns.” In particular, he highlighted 1) “innocent behavior” that could be misinterpreted and severely punished; 2) concern that land surveyors are not specifically exempted from the law’s effects; and 3) “a need for clearer language expressly providing for treble damages for removing timber from public lands,”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic party will work to repeal the 2018 trespass law during the next (2019) legislative session.

RESOLUTION #12

Name: Matt Killburn

Email: matt@idahodems.org

Category: Recognition

Title: Carole King Special Recognition

WHEREAS, Carole King has lived and voted in Idaho for more than 30 years,

WHEREAS, Carole King has been an active Idaho Democrat for over 30 years, dedicating time and resources to help fundraise and build the party,

WHEREAS, Carole King has actively fought to protect public lands in Idaho and been an activist in keeping Idaho lands in Idaho hands,

WHEREAS, 2018 is the “Year of the Woman,”

WHEREAS, Carole King is an absolute queen and beautiful person who has helped get Democrats elected nationally, as well as locally, and advocated for other groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, and has been a visible presence for Idaho at national events,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Carole King will be honored as an Honorary native Idaho Democrat.

RESOLUTION #13

Name:  Susan Eastlake

Email:  sseast1@gmail.com

Category:  Legislative Process

Resolution: Recognizing the Efforts of Idaho Democratic Legislators by Giving Voice to their Proposed Legislation That the Majority Republican Legislature Did Not Allow to Be Heard

WHEREAS, the following list is a sample of the human concerns that Democratic legislators have tried and failed to get addressed in the Idaho Legislature,

Mat Erpelding: IBE Idaho School Readiness Act – effective, statewide early childhood education program

Mat Erpelding:  Idaho Housing Trust Fund – advisory board and funding source earmarked for the Trust Fund created in 1992 but never funded

Mat Erpelding: Corporate Welfare and Low Wage Disclosure Act – state report on large employers who pay low wages 

Mat Erpelding:  Plan First Idaho – access to family planning services

Mat Erpelding:  Wage protection – extend the time in which a claim for unpaid wages could be made

Mat Erpelding: Apprenticeship – Including apprenticeship participation as a pre-qualification standard for public works contracts

Melissa Wintrow:  Affordable and workforce housing – interim study committee

Melissa Wintrow:  Equal rights for women – amendment to Idaho Constitution relating to equality of rights and responsibilities

Paulette Jordan: Net neutrality

Ilana Rubel:  Climate change – resolution to appoint legislative committee to undertake a study of climate change

Ilana Rubel:  Add the Words – adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s human rights act

Ilana Rubel and Maryanne Jordan: Medicaid Expansion

Ilana Rubel: Motor Voter Act

Ilana Rubel: Plastic bags – repeal law that prohibits cities enacting local regulation of plastic bags

John Gannon:  Children’s Health Care – repeal of faith healing exemption to law requiring medical care for children

John Gannon:  Gun Safety – Restrict automatic rifles from public places within 500 ft of a school

John Gannon:  Rebate unused portion of vehicle registration fees

John Gannon:  Income tax – revenue neutral adoption of the federal income tax changes instead of a $120 million tax cut

John Gannon: Decriminalization of Marijuana – reduce penalty for possession of a half-ounce of marijuana by making it an infraction subject only a civil penalty of community service and education.

Sally Toone:  Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Bill

Sally Toone:  Plan First Idaho – Family Planning Services

John McCrostie:  Marriage – repeal section of Idaho Constitution that provides that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union recognized in the State of Idaho

John McCrostie:  Minimum wage – repeal law that prohibits cities enacting minimum wage higher than state

Janie Ward Engelking and Mark Nye:  Quality Educator Loan Assistance Act –

Janie Ward Engelking and Mark Nye:  Cannabidiol Oil – legal possession

Janie Ward Engelking:  Women’s Reproductive Health – twelve month supply of contraceptives under certain health benefit plans

Cherie Buckner Webb:  Reducing barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records

Cherie Buckner Webb:  Prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against organ donors

and,

Whereas, time limitations prevented contacting all the legislators regarding proposed legislation that was not heard, and therefore this list is incomplete,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party expresses its gratitude to our legislators for the exemplary effort expended in representing the citizens of Idaho,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that the Idaho Democratic Party will continue to give voice to the critical concerns of the citizens of Idaho.

RESOLUTION #14

Name: Irwin Horowitz

Email: irwinh@yahoo.com

Category: Immigration

Resolution: Statement of Support for Protests Against Separation of Children from Parents at the Mexico-U.S. Border

WHEREAS, the U.S. government is detaining people seeking asylum, migrants, and immigrants on our southern border,

WHEREAS, our government is separating children from their parents,

WHEREAS, our government is impeding the process of reuniting these separated children with their parents,

WHEREAS, there are protests today, June 30, 2018, in opposition to these policies of our government,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates of the 2018 Idaho State Democratic Convention stand in support and solidarity with our brothers and sisters engaged in these protests.

RESOLUTION #15

WHEREAS, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has targeted immigrants entering the country from the southern border

WHEREAS, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has killed immigrants fleeing for their lives simply because of who they are and where they are entering, without cause.

WHEREAS, ICE and CBP are working in tandem to violently separate children and families, many of which get lost in the system or ultimately get deported back to the dangerous situation they were fleeing from in the first place.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Idaho Democratic Party demands abolition of policies that enforce racism, bigotry, and human rights violations that are implemented by ICE and the CBP.

 

2018 PLATAFORMA DEMOCRÁTICA DE IDAHO

Nosotros, el Partido Demócrata de Idaho, estamos unificados para servir las necesidades de todos los habitantes de Idaho. Los Demócratas de Idaho mantienen las protecciones y responsabilidades que nos garantizan nuestras Constituciones estatales y nacionales. Luchamos para que todos puedan alcanzar tales derechos y libertades a fin de que se apliquen de forma igualitaria. Defendemos la excelencia en el gobierno, el respeto, la compasión, la unidad y la libertad.

1. REQUERIMOS IGUALDAD Y RESPETO PARA TODOS LOS HABITANTES DE IDAHO.
  • Tratamos a todas las personas por igual independientemente de su raza, etnia, color, religión, sexo, nacionalidad, estado migratorio y/o estado de refugiado, discapacidad, orientación sexual, identidad y expresión de género o edad.
  • Respetamos las decisiones personales que son privadas, incluidas las decisiones médicas y reproductivas, las prácticas religiosas y las opiniones políticas.
  • Respetamos y honramos a las tribus que fungen como naciones soberanas en Idaho.
2. REQUERIMOS DE UNA ECONOMÍA QUE FUNCIONE PARA TODOS LOS HABITANTES DE IDAHO.
  • Apoyamos la creación de empleos a través de la agricultura sostenible, la minería, la madera y la manufactura, al mismo tiempo que expandimos industrias tales como la tecnología, la energía limpia y el turismo.
  • Apoyamos el transporte público efectivo, las telecomunicaciones modernas, la infraestructura pública, el mantenimiento y la reparación oportuna de carreteras seguras, puentes y edificios públicos.
  • Exigimos vivienda justa y asequible, cuidado de niños y lucharemos para terminar con la carencia de viviendas.
  • Exigimos prácticas bancarias, de préstamo e inversión justas que mejoran las comunidades saludables y respaldan a las empresas y personas de Idaho.
  • Exigimos la protección del Fondo Fiduciario del Seguro Social.
  • Exigimos igualdad de salario en el campo laboral.
3. EXIGIMOS UNA EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA GRATUITA, SEGURA E IGUALITARIA
  • Exigimos que la legislatura estatal financie completamente y por completo todas las escuelas públicas de Idaho. Exigimos financiamiento público para las escuelas públicas.
  • Apoyamos los programas de prekínder.
  • Apoyamos las escuelas vocacionales y técnicas, los programas de aprendizaje y la educación postsecundaria gratuita, entre éstas, figuran las universidades y colegios de dos y cuatro años.
  • Apoyamos a nuestros maestros y personal con una compensación competitiva y respaldamos su derecho a la negociación colectiva.
4. REQUERIMOS ATENCIÓN MÉDICA ACCESIBLE, ASEQUIBLE E INTEGRAL EN CADA COMUNIDAD. CREEMOS QUE LA ASISTENCIA SANITARIA ES UN DERECHO HUMANO Y NO UN PRIVILEGIO.
  • Exigimos la expansión de Medicaid.
  • Exigimos acceso a la atención de salud mental y/u otros servicios sociales necesarios.
  • Creemos que nadie en Idaho debe morir de una enfermedad prevenible o verse obligado hacer la bancarrota debido a gastos médicos y costos de recetas médicas.
  • Exigimos acceso justo y completo a la atención médica para cada residente de Idaho.
  • Exigimos atención médica asequible para incluir la prevención de la drogadicción y brindar servicios de atención y rehabilitación para quienes sufren de adicción.
  • Defendemos el derecho de una persona a elegir y su acceso a la atención médica reproductiva.
  • Apoyamos la legalización del aceite de CBD (cannabis) para el uso médico.
5. ABOGAMOS A FAVOR DEL VOTANTE, SUFRAGIO Y LA PARTICIPACIÓN CÍVICA.
  • Respaldamos los métodos modernos de registro de votantes que proporcionan mayores oportunidades para emitir votos y permiten la verificación precisa de los votos contados.
  • Elegimos candidatos que representan a todas las personas y somos responsables y receptivos a todos sus constituyentes.
  • Exigimos que la comisión de redistribución de distritos independiente de Idaho permanezca sin cambio alguno.
  • Exigimos que la votación en Idaho sea libre de influencia extranjera.
  • Apoyamos los proyectos legislativos que empoderan a las comunidades locales.
6. REQUERIMOS DE UN GOBIERNO HONESTO Y TRANSPARENTE.
  • Exigimos un gobierno abierto y transparente.
  • Exigimos que todos los habitantes de Idaho tengan acceso a su gobierno.
  • Apoyamos la adopción de la recomendación del panel de 2017 para exigir mayor transparencia financiera por parte de los legisladores.
  • Apoyamos el papel de la libertad de prensa como los guardianes de la democracia.
  • Apoyamos la reforma financiera para las campañas políticas; las corporaciones no son personas.
7. CREEMOS EN LAS FORTALEZAS DE LOS TRABAJADORES Y EN LOS SINDICATOS, YA QUE IMPULSAN LAS  COMUNIDADES SALUDABLES.
  • Exigimos un trato justo y equitativo en el lugar de trabajo que respalde un salario generoso.
  • Creemos en y trabajamos a favor de una economía saludable que respalde familias prósperas.
  • Exigimos la derogación de ley “Right to Work”.
  • Apoyamos a los sindicatos y al derecho del trabajador a organizarse y participar en negociaciones colectivas libres de interferencia gubernamental o empresarial.
  • Apoyamos a las empresas que actúan de forma responsable hacia cada trabajador(a), el Estado y el medio ambiente.
8. REQUERIMOS DE UNA POLÍTICA IMPOSITIVA JUSTA Y EQUITATIVA.
  • Exigimos la eliminación de todas las exenciones de impuestos a las ventas (IVA).
  • Apoyamos una tasa graduada de impuesto a las ganancias corporativas.
  • Requerimos que las empresas sean responsables y paguen su parte justa de las necesidades presupuestarias del estado.
  • Nos oponemos a usar los dólares de los impuestos del Fondo General para la infraestructura de transporte.
  • Apoyamos a la autoridad fiscal de para ciudades y condados para levantar gravámenes locales.
9. HONRAMOS EL SERVICIO MILITAR.
  • Exigimos diplomacia antes de enviar a efectivos de nuestras Fuerzas Armadas y ponerlos en peligro.
  • Exigimos la defensa de los derechos humanos en todo el mundo.
  • Animamos, apreciamos y apoyamos a todos los habitantes de Idaho y sus familias que se encuentran en el servicio militar.
  • Honramos a nuestros veteranos y deseamos su regreso exitoso a sus comunidades, y demostramos un fuerte apoyo a favor del apoyo económico garantizado y la protección de sus beneficios posteriores al servicio.
10. CREEMOS EN SER BUENOS ADMINISTRADORES DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE.
  • Mantengamos un ambiente limpio y saludable, que incluye agua limpia y cuencas hidrográficas, aire limpio y lugares silvestres.
  • Nos comprometemos con medidas basadas en hechos y en la ciencia para prevenir y mitigar los efectos del cambio climático.
  • Requerimos de una regulación y monitoreo del desarrollo de hidrocarburos en Idaho para proteger nuestros recursos hídricos, derechos de propiedad y comunidades rurales.
  • Apoyamos el tratamiento humano de animales domésticos, industriales y salvajes.
  • Reconocemos a los usuarios de actividades al aire libre en Idaho—a su vez nuestro legado de caza y pesca que ha sido abierto a todos los habitantes de Idaho.
  • Mantendremos las tierras públicas federales inviolables y protegeremos su integridad ecológica; mantendremos las tierras públicas en manos públicas.
  • Honramos el lugar de la agricultura sostenible de propiedad familiar en la historia de Idaho.
  • Apoyamos a los agricultores, rancheros y campesinos que construyen la abundancia natural, la biodiversidad y la capacidad de la tierra regenerarse.
  • Apoyamos la energía limpia y la sostenibilidad de los recursos naturales.
11. EXIGIMOS UN SISTEMA DE JUSTICIA PENAL JUSTO Y EFECTIVO.
  • Exigimos que todas las leyes se creen de manera justa y se apliquen de manera uniforme.
  • Exigimos que los oficiales de la ley que trabajen conjuntamente y pacíficamente con los ciudadanos a los que sirven.
  • Creemos que las víctimas, los demandantes y los demandados tienen derecho a juicios rápidos y justos.
  • Creemos que la libertad bajo fianza debe ser justa y responsable.
  • Creemos en la importancia del defensor público y el derecho de todas las personas de contar con un abogado. La sentencia debe ser proporcional al crimen cometido con cierta deferencia a la rehabilitación y la humanidad.
  • Rechazamos las prisiones privadas.
  • Exigimos un sistema penal que brinde rehabilitación, mejor educación, acceso a la atención de salud mental y oportunidades de empleo.
  • Exigimos un sistema de justicia penal restaurativo libre de prejuicios con respecto a la raza, el estado económico y otras comunidades marginadas.
12. DEFENDEMOS LA TRADICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS DE DAR LA BIENVENIDA A LOS INMIGRANTES
  • Reconocemos a los inmigrantes como nuestros vecinos, nuestros compañeros de trabajo y nuestros compañeros de clase. Nuestros hijos serán los futuros líderes de y fortalecerán a Idaho.
  • Exigimos el tratamiento ético de aquellos que buscan oportunidades y seguridad en el país.
  • Exigimos una reforma migratoria integral y compasiva.
13. APOYAMOS LA LEGALIZACIÓN DEL CANNABIS
  • Creemos que el cannabis medicinal debería ser una opción de tratamiento legal y disponible.
  • Creemos que se debe permitir el cannabis recreativo (uso lúdico) para personas mayores de 21 años.
  • Creemos que todos los ingresos tributarios del cannabis deben destinarse a fondos educativos adicionales y mejoras de infraestructura en nuestro estado.
  • Creemos que el cultivo de cáñamo agrícola debería ser una opción para los agricultores de Idaho.
14. APOYAMOS EL TEXTO COMPLETO DE LA SEGUNDA ENMIENDA: “UNA MILICIA BIEN REGULADA, QUE SEA NECESARIA PARA LA SEGURIDAD DE UN ESTADO LIBRE, NO SE INFRINGIRÁ EN EL DERECHO DE LAS PERSONAS A CONSERVAR Y PORTAR ARMAS.”
  • Exigimos verificaciones universales de antecedentes penales.
  • Exigimos leyes que mantengan las armas fuera de las manos de los abusadores domésticos que hayan sido condenados penalmente.
  • Apoyamos los derechos de cazadores y deportistas en Idaho.
  • Apoyamos la investigación científica sobre la violencia con armas de fuego.