THE BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS PARTNERSHIP
ARTICLE I ORGANIZATION AND OFFICERS OF THE PARTNERSHIP
SECTION 1 Composition and Functions
The composition, duties, functions, powers and responsibilities of the Partnership shall be as provided and authorized by Public Law 104-333 as passed, and amended, by the Congress of the United States.
SECTION 2 Officers of the Board
The officers shall consist of a Chair and Vice-chair, both of whom shall be elected by majority vote of the Partnership and shall be members of the Partnership. The term of the officers shall be one year.
SECTION 3 Chair's Duties
The Chair of the Partnership shall have the following duties:
SECTION 4 Vice-chair's Duties
The Vice-chair of the Partnership shall perform the duties of the Chairman at his/her/their request or in the case of absence or illness.
ARTICLE II MEETINGS OF THE PARTNERSHIP
SECTION 1 Regular Meetings
Regular meetings of the Partnership shall be held a minimum of four times each calendar year at times determined by the partnership. In the absence of the Chair and the Vice-chair of the Partnership at any meeting, a majority of those members present and voting may appoint a chair pro tempore of the Partnership for the conduct of that meeting.
SECTION 2 Special Meetings
Special meetings may be held at any time and at any place when called: (a) by the Chair of the Partnership, or (b) by petition of any seven members given in writing to the Chair specifying the time, place and purpose of the meeting at least ten (10) calendar days before such meeting.
SECTION 3 Notice of Meetings
Written notice of each regular and special meeting of the Partnership shall be given to each member at least five (5) days before the meeting which notice shall state the time and place of the meeting and include: (a) an agenda listing subjects and/or motions which are to be considered, and (b) the minutes of the previous meeting of the Partnership.
SECTION 4 Motions
Written motions submitted to the Chair of the Partnership within ten (10) days of a regular meeting shall take precedence over other motions. However, motions, substitutes, or amendments which are germane to a written motion being considered, shall take precedence over a non-germane written motion. No motion shall be denied consideration except by a majority vote of those present at a Partnership meeting. Unless otherwise specified in the Bylaws, all motions carry if supported by a simple majority of those members present and voting.
SECTION 5 Voting
Voting Members or Voting Alternates of the Partnership shall be entitled to vote only when present at regular or special meetings of the Partnership. Only appointed members of standing and special committees may vote at such committee meetings. However, any Partnership member may attend standing or special committee meetings and may speak if recognized by the Chair of the respective committee. There shall be no use of proxies at Partnership meetings. Proxies and staff members are encouraged to participate in committee meetings, however, if a committee vote is appropriate, as opposed to consensus, then a single vote will be allowed per Partnership organization.
SECTION 6 Quorum
The number of members of the Partnership to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business shall be seven (7), but a lesser number may hold hearings. A majority of those present at the time of a motion to adjourn may adjourn any meeting of the Partnership, and the meeting may be held as adjourned without further notice. Voting alternates shall be considered members for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present.
SECTION 7 Electronic Meetings
The Chair may authorize Partnership meetings be held in an electronic format whereby any or all Partnership members may participate in a meeting of the Partnership, or a committee of the Partnership, by means of a telephone or video conference or by any means of communication by which all persons participating in the meeting are able to communicate with one another, and such participation shall constitute presence at the meeting. The Partnership will make every attempt to hold meetings in person and should only resort to electronic formats when necessary.
SECTION 8 Open Meeting Rule
All meetings of the Partnership and its committees shall be open to the public, except that executive sessions may be held for the following:
All motions and votes of the Partnership shall be made while meetings are open to the public. It is the intent of the Partnership to communicate notice of its regular and special meetings and proceedings of those meetings.
ARTICLE III COMMITTEES OF THE PARTNERSHIP
SECTION 1 Practice of the Partnership
The practice of the Partnership shall be in general to act upon matters recommended by Committees and after due consideration of such matters.
SECTION 2 Standing Committee
There shall be six (6) standing committees of the Partnership:
SECTION 3 Members of Standing Committees
Membership on committees is on a voluntary basis as long as Partnership Chair assures that committee abide by the following:
Upon resignation or replacement of any member or Chair of a standing committee, the vacancy shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. Any member appointed or elected to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the term for which his/her predecessor was appointed or elected.
SECTION 4 Meetings of Standing Committee
Meetings of standing committees may be held at any time when called by the Chair of the committee, or in his/her absence, the Chair of the Partnership, or three (3) or more voting members or voting alternates of the committee. Such calls shall be made in writing to the NPS Project Manager of the Partnership and shall specify the time, place and purposes of the meeting. A written or telephone notice of the time, place and purposes of the meeting as set forth in the call shall be given by the Project Manager at least five (5) days before the meeting.
SECTION 5 Duties of the Committees
SECTION 6 Special Committee
Special committees may be appointed by the Chair for any purpose but may not conflict with the authority and jurisdiction of any standing committee.
SECTION 7 Special Government Employees
Effective October 26, 2020, Partnership members are no longer considered Special Government Employees (SGE’s). Partnership member have been re-designated as “representatives” to the Partnership. Any new Partnership members will be appointed as representatives. Partnership members will no longer be subject to the SGE requirements of completing ethics training and submitting financial disclosure forms (OGE-Form 450) on an annual basis.
ARTICLE IV BY-LAW AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended at the recommendation of the Nominating-Bylaws Committee at any regular or special meeting by a majority of members present and voting, due notice of such amendment having been given in the call of the meeting.
ARTICLE V PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the parliamentary procedures of the Partnership insofar as these rules are compatible with federal laws governing the Partnership.
Last updated: January 27, 2021