Border States Caucus
Working together to promote free trade and reduce administrative barriers...
Adopted July 3, 1993
NAME AND MISSION
1. The name
of this organization shall be the BORDER STATES CAUCUS, hereinafter referred to
as Caucus, and its membership shall be determined under these by-laws as set
forth in Article II. The Caucus is intended to provide the organizational
structure for the border states and Mexico to promote uniformity in tax
treatment among members.
Caucus mission is to promote free trade and reduce administrative barriers to
trade between the United States and Mexico through uniform and equitable laws,
rules, procedures and documentation dealing with the treatment of taxable and
non-taxable transactions and the exchange of information among caucus Members.
initial membership in the Caucus shall be confined to the states of Arizona,
California, New Mexico and Texas, which share a common border with Mexico, and
the United Mexican States. The membership can be expanded to include other
states or foreign countries with unanimous consent of the existing membership.
The head of the tax or revenue department or foreign government agency, or his
or her designated representative, shall be the representative of that state or
member jurisdiction for purposes of conducting the official business of the
Caucus. For the purposes of this Section, the designee of the California State
Board of Equalization will represent the State of California as Member in the
Border States Caucus.
Membership in the Caucus shall be granted based upon the membership requirements
in Article II, Section 1.
3. Associate membership in the Caucus may be extended to the private
sector. Other governmental agencies and Regional Associate Members shall not be
extended voting privileges, but shall be invited to attend all regular meetings
of the Caucus.
Section 4. Resignation of members and associate members shall be submitted in writing to the President. The President shall notify all members of resignations from the caucus.
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS
officers of the Caucus shall be a president and vice president-secretary. The
officers shall be elected every two years by the membership and shall hold
office until their successors are selected.
2. A vacancy
in any office may be filled by a majority of the membership for the unexpired
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
powers and duties of the officers shall be as follows:
shall be authorized to provide for the raising of revenue and the discharge of
obligations incurred by the Caucus.
shall prepare and approve annually a budget for the operation of the Caucus
shall approve the publications of the Caucus and provide for the regular
dissemination of information to the membership of the Caucus.
shall have power and authority to enter into contracts and obligations for the
attainment of the ends and purposes of the Caucus.
shall have authority to organize within the Caucus such other administrative
groups as they deem necessary.
shall meet quarterly or from time to time as they shall determine. The president
shall be authorized to call a special meeting whenever he or she deems it
necessary to do so. Ten days notice of any special meeting shall be provided to
the members. The president may also, in case of emergency, conduct such
authorized business as may be necessary by a poll of the officers by telephone
or by mail, or his designee to conduct such a poll.
may delegate any of these powers and duties to any member pursuant to a majority
vote of the officers.
president shall be the chief executive officer of the Caucus and shall preside
at the meetings of the Caucus and shall appoint members of the standing
committees and such other committees as deemed advisable, and shall perform such
other duties as the Caucus shall prescribe. In order to perpetuate the Caucus,
the president shall appoint annually a Committee on Nominations and a Committee
on Resolutions. In case of the absence or inability of the president, the duties
of the office for the time being shall be performed by the vice president or in
his or her absence by a member that the membership may designate for the
CAUCUS QUARTERLY MEETINGS
meetings shall be held at such time and place as the officers shall determine,
but the members are encouraged to suggest time and places of the annual meeting.
Notice of the Annual meeting shall be provided to the members at least 30 days
2. Voting in
the Caucus shall be by members and each member represented at a meeting shall
have one vote to be cast by the head of its tax or revenue department or his or
her designated representative. If two or more departments in one jurisdiction
are members, each may claim the privilege of casting a fractional vote.
3. The call
for the meeting at the place selected, address of welcome and
meeting shall be governed by standard rules of order .
presence of a majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the
transaction of business.
but is not solely dependent upon WSATA for its life.
October 6.1993. WSATA formally adopted the Border State Caucus, and its mission and purpose.
Effective April 29,1994, ARTICLE II amended to clarify that the designee
of the California State Board of Equalization will represent the State of
California as Member in the Caucus.