February 5, 2019

Montgomery County Republican Party Minutes for the County Executive Committee Meeting, February 5th, 2018 Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Court Building, 4th Floor, 501 N Thompson Street, Conroe Texas

Pending approval by the CEC...

Vice Chair, Reagan Reed (pct 50), upon the absence of Chairman, Dr. Wilkerson, called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm.

The invocation was led by Tom Hughes (pct 48).

The Pledges of Allegiance to the United States flag and to the Texas flag were led by Hartley Makintosh.

Quorum: 22 chairs required; 43 present. Note: 44 present after filling the precinct 68 vacancy.

Business Conducted: Approval of the Agenda: A motion was made with a second to approve the agenda.

Approval of the Minutes: A motion was made with a second to approve the CEC minutes from the 12/12/18.

Vacancy Committee Note: 30 precinct chairs needed for a quorum to fill vacancies; 43 precincts present. Allison Winter (Vacancy Committee Chair, pct 59) noted there were 9 vacancies and introduced Connie Conrad as a recommendation from the vacancy committee: Connie Conrad (pct 68).

A motion was made with a second to seat Connie Conrad as the chair for precinct 68. Allison Winter administered the oath to the precinct chair.

SREC Report SREC Members, Judy Parada (SD3) and Allison Winter (SD4), gave reports to the CEC members.

Treasurer’s Report Treasurer, John Wertz (pct 69) gave a report in which he stated that the Pioneer bank account total was $16,013.82.

Committee Reports John Wertz (pct 69) gave a report regarding a golf tournament fundraiser, listed the team members as Kelli Cook, Raquelle Lewis, Cheila McKay, Joanna Johnson, Russ Shoup, Reagan Reed and Jon Bouche, and stated location and date as April Sound, Monday, October 14th, 2019.

Paul Gebolys (pct 4, Precinct Chair Support Chair) gave a report.

Appoint Fundraising Committee Chair A motion was made with a second to appoint Kelli Cook (nominated by the Steering Committee on 1/5/19) as chair of the fundraising committee.

86th Legislative Session Update Reagan Reed (pct 50) gave an update on the taskforce for the 86th legislative session; and listed the five legislative properties as Property Tax Reform, Constitutional Carry, Ending Tax Payer Funded Lobbying, Prolife Legislation, and Religious Freedom Legislation.

Bylaws Amendment A motion was made with a second to refer the following attached amendments (compiled and endorsed by the

steering committee on 1/5/19) to the rules committee. Discussion; Marcus Woolridge (pct 91) spoke against; Mark Frank (pct 10) spoke for; Adrian Kaiser (pct 66) spoke for; Tom Hughes (pct 48) spoke for; after recusing himself from chairing the motion, Vice Chairman Reagan Reed (pct 50) spoke for.

Adrian Kaiser (pct 66) called a roll call vote. Acting chair, Secretary Rachel Bingham (pct 85), appointed Jay

Wright as temporary secretary, who took roll call attendance, followed by a roll call vote. Note: a yes vote was in favor sending the amendments to the rules committee while a no vote was against sending the amendments to rules committee. Yes: 42; No: 1.

New Businesss A motion was made with a second and passed to approve the following attached resolution opposing the

Conroe ISD Bond.

Adjournment Adjourned at 9:19 pm.

Submitted by Rachel Bingham- MCRP Secretary

Proposed By-Laws Amendments ----------------------------------------------------------- 1. Protect County Chairman’s Statutory Authority:

Article IV, Section 6: Authority of County Chairman

The bylaws shall not deprive the Chairman of his statutory authority and duties outlined in the Texas Election Code, or conflict with the Texas Election Code in any way. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Allow Chairman to Call Meetings:

Article VI, Section 2: Meeting Calls

Regular and statutory meetings shall be called by the Vice County Chairman or the Steering Committee. Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the County Chairman, with the approval of a majority of the Steering Committee. Special meetings also may be called by written petition signed by twenty percent (20%) of the total membership of the Executive Committee delivered to the Chairman, the Steering Committee, or to the Secretary at least 14 days before the desired meeting date, or in the event of a stated emergency, two days. The purpose and order of business of the meeting must be stated in the call for any statutory, regular or special meeting.

Article VI, Section 9: Agenda

The Chairman or Steering Committee, whichever has called the County Executive Committee, shall prepare an agenda and send it to the precinct chairs with the meeting call. The agenda for all county executive committee meetings must be approved by majority vote at the beginning of each meeting. The executive committee may amend the agenda at the beginning of the meeting.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. Allow Chairman to Preside Over Steering Committee

Article IV, Section 5: Officer Duties

Duties of the officers shall be as follows:

County Chairman – The County Chairman, as the presiding officer of the executive committee, shall ensure compliance of the Executive Committee with all applicable federal and state laws, with these by-laws, and with the Rules of the Republican Party. The Chairman shall preside over the Steering Committee. The Chairman shall be an ex-officio member of the County standing and special committees of the Executive Committee. That office shall make available any and all information to Steering, Permanent and Ad-Hoc Committees, within a reasonable time, depending on the urgency of the situation.

Executive Vice Chairman – The Executive Vice Chairman shall preside over the Steering Committee in the absence of the Chairman, and shall assist the Chairman, as requested, in performance of the office. In the event of the Chairman’s absence or inability to serve, the Executive Vice Chairman shall serve as acting Chairman until the Chairman resumes their duties or until a new Chairman is elected. In the absence of the Executive

Vice Chairman, the Secretary shall preside over Executive Committee meetings.

Secretary – The Secretary shall carry out the usual duties of that office, keeping an up-to-date roll of the Executive Committee members and ensuring that each member receives timely notices of meetings and maintaining a permanent file containing the minutes of all Executive Committee meetings. In the event of a vacancy in the office of County Chairman, the Secretary shall call a meeting of the Executive Committee for the purpose of electing a new Chairman, as outlined in the Texas Election Code [TEC 171.025 (a)]. The Secretary is authorized to receive and preserve applications for a place on the primary ballot, as provided in the Texas Election Code [TEC 171.022 (a)(2)]. The Secretary shall preside over Executive Committee meetings in the absence of the Chairman and Executive Vice Chairman, and the Steering Committee in the absence of the Chairman and Executive Vice Chairman.. At the start of each meeting, the presiding officer will direct the Secretary to do a roll call to assess who's present.

Article V, Section 1: Composition and Election

Presiding Officer: The Executive Vice- Chairman shall preside over the Steering Committee. In his or her absence, the Secretary Executive Vice Chairman shall preside over the Steering Committee.

Article V, Section 6: Meeting Calls

Steering Committee meetings shall be called by the Chairman or Vice Chairman. Special meetings may also be called by three or more members of the Steering Committee by a petition sent to the entire Steering Committee. Notice of Steering Committee meetings must be given at least 24 hours in advance.

Article V, Section 7: Agenda

The Chairman or Vice Chairman, whichever has called the Steering Committee meeting, shall prepare an agenda and send it to the Steering Committee with the meeting call. The agenda for all Steering Committee meetings must be approved by majority vote at the beginning of each meeting. The Steering Committee may amend the agenda at the beginning of the meeting.

MCRP Resolution Oppoosing $807 Million Conroe ISD Bond

Whereas Conroe ISD has placed an $807 million bond on the ballot which will increase local government debt and raise taxes; and

Whereas the $807 million bond constitutes an $807 million, plus interest, tax increase for citizens paying property taxes within the geographic jurisdiction of the CIDSD; and

Whereas the Republican Party of Texas platform states in plank 144 that, “Government spending is out of control at the federal, state, and local levels, and action is needed”; and

Whereas the platform also states in plank 170 that, “We in the Republican Party of Texas believe in the principles of constitutionally limited government based on federalist principles. To this end we encourage our elected officials at all levels of government to work to reverse the current trend of expanding government and the growing tax and debt burdens this places on ‘We the People’”; and

Whereas CISD’s spending is out of control, with the latest data from the Texas Comptroller’s website showing that Conroe ISD is already $1,136,590,000 in debt, which adds up to over $19,000 of debt per student; and

Whereas the bond would increase CISD’s property tax rate once cent per $100 valuation in the first year of the bond and three cents per $100 valuation over the life of the bond, despite the fact that we are taxed enough already; and

Whereas most of the bond money will not go towards building new schools, but will go towards waste, unnecessary projects, and short term projects that should be funded in the regular budget instead of bond debt; and

Whereas the CISD bond election was scheduled as an off year, May election, when turnout is low, while the RPT platform in plank 176 calls for bond elections to be held on the November General Election Day when turnout is higher so more voters can have a say; and

Whereas the CISD bond is neither conservative nor fiscally responsible, and is not in line with the principles of the Republican Party; and

Therefore, be it resolved that the Montgomery County Republican Party opposes the $807 million Conroe ISD bond and urges voters to vote against it in the upcoming May 4th election.