Bylaws

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 3-D

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Adopted January 18, 1995; amended on July 6, 2005; amended September 3, 2008; amended February 5, 2014

ARTICLE I. COMMISSION NAME AND BOUNDARIES
Section 1 -- Name
Section 2 -- Boundaries

ARTICLE II. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Section 1 -- Advice to D.C. Government
Section 2 -- D.C. Government Actions
Section 3 - Scope
Section 4 - Commission Recommendations
Section 5 -- Citizen Comment
Section 6 -- Programs
Section 7 -- Federal Advisory Mechanism
Section 8 -- Other Functions

ARTICLE III. COMMISSIONERS
Section 1 -- Composition of the Commission
Section 2 -- Term of Office
Section 3 -- Vacancies
Section 4 -- Compensation of Commissioners
Section 5 -- Conflict of Interest
Section 6 -- Commission Policy Statements
Section 7 -- Access to Resources

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
Section 1 -- Election of Officers
Section 2 -- Term of Office
Section 3 -- Nominations
Section 4 -- Voting
Section 5 -- Vacancies
Section 6 -- Removal
Section 7 -- Duties of the Chairperson
Section 8 -- Duties of the Vice-Chairperson
Section 9 -- Duties of the Treasurer
Section 10 --Duties of the Secretary

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS
Section 1 -- Public Meeting Requirement
Section 2 - Quorum
Section 3 -- Types of Meetings
Section 4 - Hearing of Resident Views
Section 5 -- Meeting Places
Section 6 -- Public Notice of Meetings
Section 7 -- Incorporation of Resident Views
Section 8 -- Dissemination of Information
Section 9 -- Commission Actions
Section 10 -- Joint Meetings
Section 11 -- Decorum of Members
Section 12 -- Records

ARTICLE VI. VOTING
Section 1 -- Commissioner's Vote
Section 2 -- Form of Vote
Section 3 -- Proxy Voting
Section 4 -- Voice Votes
Section 5 -- Demand for Roll Call Vote
Section 6 -- Tie Vote
Section 7 - Voting Requirements
Section 8 -- New Business

ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
Section 1 -Establishment of Committees
Section 2 - Committee Mission and Procedures
Section 3 -- Chairmanship

ARTICLE VIII. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Section 1 -- Annual Budget
Section 2 -- Quarterly Financial Report
Section 3 -- Authorization of Commission Expenditures
Section 4 -- Authorized Signatures
Section 5 -- Depositories
Section 6 -- Treasurer Vacancy
Section 7 -- Solicitation or Acceptance of Funds
Section 8 -- Pooling Funds with other ANCs
Section 9 -- Grant Guidelines

ARTICLE IX. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

ARTICLE X. LEGAL STATUS

ARTICLE XI. COMMISSION STAFF
Section 1 -- Hiring
Section 2 -- Position Requirements and Eligibility

ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
Section 1 -- Copy of Bylaws to Council
Section 2 -- Revision of Bylaws
Section 3-- Bylaws Consistent with Laws and Regulations
Section 4 -- Public Access to Bylaws

 

ARTICLE I. COMMISSION NAME AND BOUNDARIES

Section 1. Name The name of this Commission shall be Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3-D hereafter referred to as the "Commission". The Commission is established pursuant to the D.C. Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, and the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975 as amended by the Comprehensive Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Reform Amendment Act of 2000.

Section 2. Boundaries The physical area of the Commission is the interior of the physical area bounded by the District line, Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Glover Archibald Park, and the Potomac Palisades, encompassing the neighborhoods of Foxhall Village, Kent, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights, and the American University. The boundaries of the Commission and Single Member Districts may be revised from time to time after the decennial census in a process determined by the Council of the District of Columbia.

ARTICLE II. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Section 1. Advice to D.C. Government The Commission may advise the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor and each executive agency and all independent agencies, Boards and Commissions of the government of the District of Columbia with respect to all proposed matters of District governmental policy or service delivery including, but not limited to, decisions regarding zoning, planning, liquor licenses, streets, parks and recreation, social services programs, education, health, safety, budget, transportation, neighborhood services, taxation, public works and sanitation which affect the Commission area.

Section 2. D.C. Government Actions Proposed District government actions covered by these bylaws shall include, but shall not be limited to, actions of the Council of the District of Columbia, the executive branch or independent agencies, boards and commissions. The Commission may also advise each agency, board or commission before the awarding of any grant or funds to a citizen organization or group, or before the formulation of any policy, decision or guideline with respect to grant applications, comprehensive plans, requested or proposed zoning changes, variances, public improvements, licenses, or permits affecting said Commission area, the District budget and city goals and priorities, proposed changes in District government service delivery and the opening of any proposed facility.

Section 3. Scope The Commission may present its views to public and private entities including, but not limited to, any federal, District or regional government agencies and may initiate its own proposals for neighborhood, District, regional, or federal government action.

Section 4. Commission Recommendations The recommendations of the Commission shall be in writing and such recommendations shall be adopted and communicated in accordance with these by-laws and all applicable laws or regulations governing Commission action.

Section 5. Citizen Comment The Commission may monitor complaints of Commission area residents with respect to the delivery of District government services and may file comments on same with the appropriate District government entity as well as the Council.

Section 6. Programs The Commission may operate neighborhood or community enhancement campaigns. In addition, it may operate programs in conjunction with existing governmental activities, provided that such activities on behalf of the Commission do not duplicate already available programs or services and further, that the Commission's programs are not conducted on a contractual basis with existing governmental agencies.

Section 7. Federal Advisory Mechanism The Commission may, where appropriate, constitute the citizen advisory mechanism required by any federal statute.

Section 8. Other Functions The Commission may carry out any other function as shall be provided by law or regulation.

ARTICLE III. COMMISSIONERS.

Section 1. Composition of the Commission The Commission shall be comprised of those persons duly elected and certified by the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics as elected representatives of the Single Member Districts within the Commission's boundaries.

Section 2. Term of Office Each member of the Commission shall serve for a term of two years which shall begin at noon on the second day of January following the date of election of such member, or at noon on the day after the date the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies such election of such member, whichever is later.

Section 3. Vacancies Vacancies are to be filled in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia and the regulations of the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.

Section 4. Compensation of Commissioners The Commissioners shall serve without compensation; however, appropriate expenses may be authorized by the Commission as specified in Article VIII. Section 3 of these bylaws.

Section 5. Conflict of Interest No Commissioner shall use his or her official position or office to obtain financial gain for himself or herself, any member of his or her household, or any business with which he or she or a member of his or her household is associated. A Commissioner shall notify the Commission of any instance in which he or she has a direct financial interest in an action before the Commission, and a Commissioner shall not participate in the deliberations of or vote on any motions related to a matter where he or she has a direct financial interest, unless a majority of the disinterested members of the Commission voting on the matter decide otherwise. In order to avoid both actual conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts in the activities and operations of the Commission, if a Commissioner is involved in civic, business, political, neighborhood or other organizations with business before the Commission, he or she shall notify the Commission of this involvement and disclose his or her role in the matter. A Commissioner may voluntarily recuse himself or herself to avoid an actual or perceived conflict of interest, but recusal will not be required except in cases involving a direct financial interest.

Commissioners who have a relationship as a spouse, an employee or board member of a for-profit enterprise, non-profit institution, or an affiliated entity (excluding incorporated citizens’ associations or a registered campus student group) with business before the ANC shall be prohibited from taking part in the discussion and/or recommendation concerning the application. Commissioners who may be a former employee or board member (or their spouse) of a for-profit company, non-profit institution, or an affiliated entity (excluding incorporated citizens’ associations or a registered campus student group) with business before the ANC shall be prohibited from taking part in the discussion and/or recommendation concerning the application for two years following the end of employment or Board membership. Commissioners who receive financial benefit from any entity with business before the ANC shall be prohibited from taking part in the discussion and/or recommendation concerning the application.

Section 6. Commission Policy Statements Individual Commissioners, unless authorized by a majority vote of the Commission in accordance with Article VI. Section 7, shall not make public policy statements for the Commission or assume obligations for the Commission. Any individual Commissioner may communicate his or her views on any issue within the scope of his or her jurisdiction to any government entity; provided, however, that unless such communication has been approved by the Commission as an official action in accordance with Article VI. Section 7, such Commissioner shall indicate in such communication that he or she is speaking as an individual Commissioner, and not for the Commission itself. Only the Chairperson shall be permitted to use Commission stationery.

Section 7. Access to Resources Each Commissioner shall have at all times equal access to the resources of the Commission, including, but not limited to, documents of the Commission (as defined in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure), the Commission office, and supplies.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section 1. Election of Officers The Commission shall elect a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, and such other officers as may be necessary from among the Commissioners. The election of officers shall take place at the first Commission meeting in January of each year, except that, if the certification of a majority of the members of the Commission by the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics has not occurred by the first Commission meeting in January, then the election shall be held at a meeting not later than 30 days following such certification.

Section 2. Term of Office Officers shall be elected to serve for a term of one year or until their successors are elected. Terms of office shall begin at the close of the regular meeting in which the election was held. In the event of a vacancy, the officer filling the vacant position shall only serve out the term of the officer he or she replaced. No Chairperson may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

Section 3. Nominations Each candidate shall be nominated by a Commissioner and must be seconded by another Commissioner. A Commissioner may nominate himself or herself but may not second the nomination.

Section 4. Voting Officers of the Commission shall be elected by a simple majority of those Commission members present and voting. In the event that no candidate has a simple majority, there shall be a run-off election between the two candidates having received the most votes. In the event of a tie in such a run-off vote, additional ballots shall be cast until a winner is elected. Voting on each office shall occur before the floor is open for nominations for another office.

Section 5. Vacancies In the event of a vacancy among the officers of the Commission, an election shall be held at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission to fill that vacancy. If there is a vacancy in the office of Treasurer, the Commission may hold a special meeting to elect a new Treasurer.

Section 6. Removal Removal of any officer shall be undertaken at a special Commission meeting, which shall be called if at least one-half of the elected Commissioners request in writing that the Chairperson take such action. After the request is made, the Chairperson shall schedule the meeting to take place within 30 days of receipt of the request. The Chairperson shall preside over the meeting unless the vote will affect the Chairperson's own position in which case the Vice-Chairperson shall act as the presiding officer. Provided a quorum is present at the special Commission meeting, the vote of a majority of the Commissioners present shall remove the officer from his or her office. Upon removal, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the election procedures set forth in these bylaws.

Section 7. Duties of Chairperson

A. Convener The Chairperson shall serve as the convener of the Commission and shall chair the Commission meetings. In addition, the Chairperson shall have the power to call special meetings of the Commission.

B. Ruling on Procedural Matters The Chairperson may rule on motions and procedural questions. Such rulings may be overturned by a majority vote of the Commission.

C. Supervision of ANC Staff The Chairperson shall be responsible for supervision of Commission staff except as otherwise indicated in these bylaws.

D. Spokesperson The Chairperson shall be the spokesperson of the Commission before all government agencies. He or she may delegate this duty to another Commissioner.

Section 8. Duties of the Vice-Chairperson

A. Substitute for Chairperson The Vice-Chairperson shall fulfill the obligations of the Chairperson in his or her absence. The Vice-Chairperson shall provide such assistance to the Chairperson as is requested and shall perform such duties as may be delegated by the Chairperson.

B. Cosigner of Checks Whenever the Chairperson or Treasurer is unavailable; the Vice-Chairperson shall serve as cosigner of Commission checks.

C. Issuance of Notices of Meetings The Chairperson may ask the Vice-Chairperson to be responsible for the issuance of notices of meetings, and where necessary, other appropriate publicity.

D. Inter-Commission Liaison The Chairperson may ask the Vice-Chairperson to be responsible for liaison between this Commission and other Commissions.

Section 9. Duties of the Treasurer

A. Financial Management and Records The Treasurer shall be responsible for the fiscal management of the Commission and for preparing and maintaining the financial records of the Commission, including, but not limited to, the annual budget and quarterly financial report as set forth in Article VIII below. The Treasurer shall serve as the Commission's contact with the Auditor of the District of Columbia or other District officials on financial matters.

B. Bonding of Treasurer The Treasurer shall be bonded in accordance with District of Columbia laws and regulations or, in the alternative, the Commission may participate in the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Security Fund.

C. Cosigning Checks The Treasurer shall, with the Chairperson, cosign all checks drawn on Commission accounts.

D. Maintenance of Commission Accounts The Treasurer shall maintain the Commission accounts on a fiscal year basis, as established by the District of Columbia government.

E. Compliance with DC Regulations. The Treasurer shall comply with the regulations issued by the District of Columbia Auditor ("Auditor") concerning ANC treasurers, including the requirement that he Treasurer file a statement with the Auditor, within 30 days of assuming the office of Treasurer or within 30 days of any change in the requested information, that includes the Treasurer's name, home and business address and telephone number, the location of the books and records of the Commission and the name and location of any depository of the Commission's funds, including account numbers.

Section 10. Duties of the Secretary

A. Preparation of the Minutes The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of the minutes for all meetings of the Commission, for the distribution of copies of minutes to all members of the Commission and for making copies of the minutes available to residents of the Commission area. In the preparing of minutes, reports, and other official documents, the Secretary shall have the assistance of any Commission staff as may be required. The Secretary (or the Commission staff under the Secretary's direction) shall bring a copy of the minutes' book of the Commission to each meeting and shall, at the request of the Chair, inform the Commission of its prior actions.

B. General Correspondence The Secretary shall be responsible for the general correspondence of the Commission, and shall be responsible for maintaining records of all activities, including a record of notices. The Secretary shall perform such other duties as the Chairperson may direct. These duties may be delegated to a staff person under the Secretary's direction.

C. Central Repository The Secretary shall oversee the central repository of the minutes

and other records of the Commission, which shall be maintained in its office.

D. Reports On or before November 30 of each year, the Secretary of the Commission shall compile an annual report which includes, but is not limited to: (i) summaries of important problems perceived by the Commission listed in order of their priority; (ii) recommendations for actions to be taken by the District government; (iii) recommendations for improvements on the operation of the Commission; and (iv) a summary of Commission activities.

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

Section 1. Public Meeting Requirement All meetings of the Commission at which official action of any kind is taken shall be open to the public.

Section 2. Quorum No official action may be taken by the Commission unless a quorum shall be present. A quorum shall be a majority of the current Commission members, provided that a majority of the Single Member Districts within the Commission area has Commissioners.

Section 3. Types of Meetings

A. Regular Meetings Regular meetings shall generally be held at regular intervals not

less than (9) times a year to consider matters before the Commission which may include but not be limited to consideration of actions or proposed actions of the Council of the District of Columbia, the Executive Branch or any independent agency, Board or Commission. The routine official business of the Commission will be conducted at the regular meetings.

B. Additional and Special Meetings Special meetings of the Commission may be called

by the Chairperson, by written request of (2) Commissioners or upon petition of (10) residents, 18 years of age or older, of the Commission area. No matter shall be considered at any special meeting except those stated in the request and notification. Regular meeting procedures will be followed.

C. Town Meetings The Commission may periodically host "town hall" or

community meetings to address particular issues or concerns.

Section 4. Hearing of Resident Views The Commission shall set aside a portion of each public meeting to hear the views of residents within the Commission area and other affected persons on problems or issues of concern within the Commission area and on proposed District government actions that affect the Commission area.

Section 5. Meeting Places Meetings shall be held at such places as may be determined by the Commission.

Section 6. Public Notice of Meetings No less than (7) days notice shall be given by the Commission of its meetings or convocations except where shorter notice for good cause is necessary or in the case of an emergency. Notice of regular and emergency meetings shall be given by at least two of the following: (a) by posting written notices in at least four (4) conspicuous places in each Single Member District within the Commission area; (b) by publication in at least one city or community newspaper; (c) by transmitting or distributing notices to a list of residents and other stakeholders in the community; and (d) in any other manner approved by the Commission.

Section 7. Incorporation of Resident Views The Commission shall incorporate resident views in the form of letters, discussions, and contributions to debates, in the positions it takes.

Section 8. Dissemination of Information The Commission shall establish such mechanism as will insure broad dissemination of information with respect to the Commission meetings, position and actions. The Commission shall make a good faith effort to involve all segments of the Commission population in its deliberations.

Section 9. Commission Actions Commission actions, except for amending these By-Laws, shall be approved by a simple majority of those Commission members present and voting. In the case of a tie vote, the motion for Commission action shall fail.

Section 10. Joint Meetings

A. The Commission may hold joint meetings with another ANC to deal more effectively with or respond to similar concerns and issues which effect the area of both the Commissions.

B. Joint Commission meetings may be held only after authorization to participate in such joint meetings and to discuss such matters has been given to each participant Commission in a meeting held prior to such joint meetings.

C. The Commission members shall reflect but not necessarily be bound by the views of the joint Commission meeting. The Commission members shall have no power other than those which their Commission shall have agreed upon.

D. All joint meetings of Commissions shall be open and at least (14) days notice shall be given by posting written notices in at least (2) conspicuous places in each Single Member District of the representative Commissions.

Section 11. Decorum of Members Commission members shall not engage in private discourse or commit any other act tending to distract the attention of the Commission from the business before it. When speaking or debating before the Commission, members shall confine their remarks to the questions under discussion or debate, avoiding negative personal comments.

Section 12. Records. The Commission, as well as each committee of the Commission, shall maintain a record of all meetings, including the attendance of its members. Such records shall be forwarded to the Commission Secretary (or to Commission staff under the Secretary's direction) and shall be available for public inspection.

ARTICLE VI. VOTING

Section 1. Commisioner's Vote Each Commissioner shall have one vote.

Section 2. Form of Vote A Commissioner who has voted "PRESENT" or "ABSTAIN" because of a conflict of interest in respect of the subject of the motion may have this fact recorded in the minutes.

Section 3. Proxy Voting No proxy or absentee voting shall be permitted. However, a Commissioner who is not present may have entered into the record a written statement pertaining to any action or resolution before the Commission. At the Commissioner's request this statement shall be read before any vote is taken on the action or resolution.

Section 4. Voice Votes Except as provided in Section 5, votes on all questions shall be by voice or show of hands, with the results determined by the Chairman. A member's vote upon any matter shall be recorded upon request.

Section 5. Demand for Roll Call Vote Any member, in advance of a vote or promptly thereafter, may demand a roll call vote.

Section 6. Tie Vote In the case of a tie vote the motion being voted upon shall fail.

Section 7. Voting Requirements Except as otherwise provided by law or by these By-Laws, official actions shall be approved by a simple majority of those Commissioners present and voting, provided a quorum shall be present.

Section 8. New Business The Chairperson shall determine whether new business which is raised on the floor and which requires a vote shall be voted upon immediately, deferred to a time certain or directed to a committee. However, upon a motion carried by a majority vote of the Commission, new business shall be permitted to be discussed and voted upon at the current meeting.

ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES

Section 1. Establishment of Committees The Commission may establish Committees upon the action of a majority of the Commissioners present and voting. The Commission may create standing and special committees. Standing committees are those created permanently; special committees are those created temporarily by the Commission. Each Commissioner shall be an ex-officio member of each committee, with the right to participate and vote in its deliberations.

Section 2 Committee Mission and Procedures The Commission shall charge a Committee with its mission, including its reporting requirements. The Chairperson shall ensure that items requiring committee action are referred to the appropriate committee(s) on receipt. Each Committee shall establish the procedure which, in its opinion, will facilitate its achieving its mission. Committees may not speak for the Commission.

Section 3. Chairmanship In accordance with District law, the chairmanship of each Commission committee or task force shall be open to any resident of the Commission area, provided, however, that the chairperson shall generally be a Commissioner. The chairperson of each such committee or task force shall be appointed by the Commission.

ARTICLE VIII. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Section 1. Annual Budget. Within a month from the date that the Commission is informed of its annual appropriation, the Treasurer (or Commission staff under the Treasurer's direction) shall prepare an annual fiscal year budget for Commission consideration which outlines planned revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year. Prior to the adoption of the budget, the Commission shall present the budget at a public meeting of the Commission to elicit comments from the residents of the Commission area. The Commission may amend the budget by simple majority at any time during the fiscal year.

Section 2. Quarterly Financial Report The Treasurer (or Commission staff under the Treasurer's direction) shall submit to the Commission a quarterly financial report within 30 days of the close of each fiscal quarter. These reports shall be public documents and shall be available for public inspection. The quarterly report signed by the Treasurer and the Chairperson of the Commission and attested to by the Secretary as having been approved by the Commission shall be filed within seven days of approval by the Commission with the District of Columbia Auditor. The minutes of the meeting shall note the reading and approval of this report.

Section 3. Authorization of Commission Expenditures No expenditure of any amount may be made without authorization by the Commission. Each expenditure over $50.00 must be specifically approved by the Commission, except that recurring expenditures, such as for rent, telephone, employment, and professional services may be approved as general budget items. Amounts of less than $50.00 may be expended by general authorization, provided that records of general authorization expenditures must be transmitted to the Treasurer prior to any reimbursement for such funds.

Section 4. Authorized Signatures. The signature of two officers, as provided in Article IV, shall be required on all drafts, money orders and expenditures of the Commission.

Section 5. Depositories The Commission shall by resolution designate one or more financial institutions within the District of Columbia as depositories of Commission funds.

Section 6. Treasurer Vacancy No expenditure whatsoever shall be made by the Commission during a vacancy in the Office of the Treasurer, or at any time when a current and accurate budget and a bond or its equivalent is not on file with the District of Columbia Auditor

Section 7. Solicitation or Acceptance of Funds The Commission may not solicit or accept funds from a federal or District government agency or private source except as may be specifically or previously authorized by the Council of the District of Columbia provided that receipt of contributions of $400 or less from a single contributor need not be approved by the District of Columbia.

Section 8. Pooling Funds with other ANCs The Commission may pool its funds with other ANCs in accordance with agreements adopted by the Commission.

Section 9. Grant Guidelines

A. Funds may only be expended in conformity with the applicable District of Columbia laws and regulations including the requirement that grants provide a public benefit for persons who reside or work within the Commission area.

B. Requests for funding must be submitted by District residents in writing. Detailed explanation of proposed expenditures and purposes must be included. Project goals and objectives must be clearly specified. Persons requesting such grants should be requested to appear at a public meeting of the Commission to present the request and to respond to questions of the Commission and the community concerning the request prior to the Commission rendering a decision on the request. The Commission may require grant recipients to submit progress reports and at the termination of the project a final report to show amounts spent and the results achieved.

C. Funds should be used in civic studies or projects benefiting a substantial part of the community within the Commission area or a segment of the residents with clearly identified needs.

D. Funding may be undertaken in support of existing or new projects originated by existing or new organizations meeting the above objectives.

E. Funds may also be made available in support of coordinated projects beyond the Commission area; provided that, residents of the Commission area are benefited by these projects.

F. Funds may be allocated for projects at any time during a fiscal year but funding must commence and end within the same fiscal year.

ARTICLE IX PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the Commission in all cases in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws and any special rules of order the Commission may adopt.

ARTICLE X. LEGAL STATUS

Should the Commission feel legal redress is required, it shall petition the Council through its special committee on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions or any successor committee. Any Commissioner may initiate a legal action as a private citizen in the courts of the District of Columbia or in the federal courts, but the Commission itself shall not have such power.

ARTICLE XI. COMMISSION STAFF

Section 1. Hiring All employees and consultants of the Commission shall be hired by the Commission and shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission.

Section 2. Position Requirements and Eligibility The Commission shall establish position descriptions for its employees and contracts for its consultants. The employees and consultants of the Commission may be hired on a full-time or a part-time basis and for an indefinite or a definite term. Persons hired by the Commission shall meet the qualifications established in the job descriptions or contracts. Commission employees shall be considered employees of the District of Columbia government for the purposes of health benefits and life insurance. In addition, no present member of the Commission or his/her immediate family shall be hired by the Commission.

ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

Section 1. Copy of Bylaws to Council The Commission shall file an up-to-date copy of these Bylaws and all amendments thereto with the Council of the District of Columbia within seven days of their initial adoption.

Section 2. Revision of Bylaws At least 30 days notice, to each Commissioner and the public, shall be given prior to consideration of any revision of these Bylaws. The notice shall include the suggested revision(s). Readings at two regularly scheduled business meetings shall be deemed adequate notice under this Section. A two-thirds majority of the Commissioners present and "voting yea or nay" is required for such revisions to be approved.

Section 3. Bylaws Consistent with Laws and Regulations These Bylaws shall be consistent with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including laws of the District of Columbia pertaining to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and any inconsistencies are to be held null and void.

Section 4. Public Access to Bylaws A current copy of these Bylaws and any amendments shall be available for public inspection.

Adopted - January 18, 1995

Amended - July 6, 2005

Amended - September 3, 2008 

Amended - February 5, 2014