BYLAWS FOR THE SCAJ PAC
Amended May 8, 1987
Amended August 13, 1998
Amended April 19, 2000
Amended April 6, 2009
Amended December 20, 2012
Amended May 7, 2013
There shall be a political action committee hereafter known as the South Carolina Association for Justice Political Action Committee.
This committee shall exist for the purpose of making political contributions to candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina in the South Carolina General Assembly. The activities of this committee shall conform in all respects to the laws of the State of South Carolina and the United States.
There will be seven trustees who govern the activities of this committee. The trustees will be elected, one from each Congressional district of the State, by the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice. Elections of trustees will be staggered so that Congressional districts 1, 2, and 3 will serve for the same cycle and districts 4, 5, 6, and 7 will do likewise. Each term will be for three years. The election of these trustees will be at the regular spring meeting of the SCAJ Board. The SCAJ president and president-elect, whose terms will be for one year, will serve as ex officio members without voting authority.
The Chief Operating Officer of the SCAJ shall serve as the Administrator of SCAJ PAC and will be responsible for all record keeping of the Committee. The administrator shall also serve as an ex officio member of the Committee, without voting authority.
The trustees shall elect the chair from within their ranks to serve a two-year term. The Chair may succeed himself.
SCAJ PAC trustees are required to contribute financially to SCAJ PAC. The trustee for each Congressional district is responsible for working with local SCAJ members to provide candidate recruitment and to secure and provide information on each House and Senate election, including but not limited to the candidates seeking office, their philosophy, and other relevant information.
The trustees shall have the authority to incur necessary expenses to carry out the purposes of the committee. These expenses may include, but are not limited to, employment of staff or professional services, rent and supplies. These expenses shall be paid from the funds raised in furtherance of the purposes of this committee. The trustees shall serve without compensation.
The administrator shall be responsible for the preparation and retention of minutes of meetings, maintenance of financial records and any other records required by law or by the trustees. The administrator shall also be responsible for the control of the monies, the investment of surplus funds consonant with State laws and the filing of all returns and reports required by law.
DISBURSEMENTS OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Campaign contributions shall be made only to candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina. The decisions to be made as to recipients and as to amounts shall be by a majority vote of the trustees. Trustees may consider recommendations from any source, but the trustees may not delegate the final decision or authority.
Parliamentary decisions shall be determined by Roberts Rules of Order. A quorum is a majority of the trustees. Ex officio members do not count towards the quorum.
The trustees will meet at least once per year. There shall be at least two meetings per election cycle. Other meetings may be called by the chair at his discretion.
The committee can recommend its termination by a vote of 2/3 or more of the trustees to the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice. Upon termination, any assets held by the committee shall be distributed by a majority vote of the SCAJ Board of Governors to one or more non-profit organizations.
AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
Changes and amendments to these by-laws require a 2/3 vote of the trustees.
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