FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
Texas Hospital District Police - Lodge 104
Established – September 3, 2009
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
Revised – October 23, 2009
PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT
Steve Morrell Calvin Miller
PROUD TO BE FOP
We, the certified law enforcement officers of the various law enforcement
organizations of hospital districts throughout Texas, being convinced that it is in the best
interest of all our members, do hereby unite under the name of the Fraternal Order of Police
(FOP), Texas Hospital District Police - Lodge 104 for the following purposes:
To support and defend the Constitution of the United
States; to promote and foster the enforcement of law and
order; to improve the individual and collective proficiency of
our members in the performance of their duties; to encourage
fraternal, educational, charitable, and social activities among
law enforcement officers; to advocate and strive for uniform
application of a just and fair merit system for appointment and
promotion; to support the improvement of the standard of
living and working conditions of the law enforcement
profession through every legal and ethical means available; to
create and maintain tradition of esprit de corps insuring
fidelity to duty under all conditions and circumstances; to
cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual helpfulness among
our members and the people we serve; to increase the
efficiency of the law enforcement profession and thus more
firmly to establish the confidence of the public in the service
dedicated to the protection of life and property.
Section 1: Name of Organization
This organization shall be known as the Texas Hospital District Police - Lodge 104
of the FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE.
Section 2: Chartered
The Texas Hospital District Police - Lodge 104 of the FRATERNAL ORDER OF
POLICE was chartered September 3, 2009 by the Grand Lodge and the State Lodge
of the Fraternal Order of Police in Tarrant County, Texas.
Section 1: Common Good
The Texas Hospital District Police is an organization composed of certified
professional law enforcement personnel who have joined together for their common
good. In no event shall the Texas Hospital District Police - Lodge 104 of the
Fraternal Order of Police join or be controlled by any labor organization, provided,
however, that this section shall not prohibit cooperative efforts of the lodge with
labor organizations for their common good.
Section 2: Shall Not Strike
The members of the Texas Hospital District Police shall not strike or by concerted
action cause a cessation of the performance of law enforcement duties or induce
other members of the lodge to do likewise.
Section 3: Fundamental Law of the Lodge
This Constitution shall be the fundamental law of the Lodge and, with the Rituals
adopted at the National Biennial conferences, and such other By-laws as may be
adopted from time to time, shall govern the conduct of the Texas Hospital District
Section 4: Shall be By-laws
There shall be By-laws which shall govern the day to day operation and
administration of the Texas Hospital District Police. The By-laws of the Texas
Hospital District Police may only be promulgated, amended, or revised by 2/3
majority vote of the members voting in the annual elections in any given year.
Section 5: Authority and Powers
The authority and powers of this lodge are vested in its membership who shall have
the final voice in all matters concerning the welfare of the lodge. The Executive
Board of the Texas Hospital District Police shall exercise its powers and authority in
accordance with provisions of this constitution & by-laws.
Section 1: Definitions of Terms, Phrases or Words
As used herein, the following terms, phrases or words shall be defined as follows:
(a) Elected Law Enforcement Officer
"Elected law enforcement officer" shall mean for purposes hereof
any law enforcement officer who meets the qualifications in Article
4, Sec. 1 or who by law is exempt from meeting the minimum
(b) Full-Time Employed
"Full-time employed" shall mean law enforcement officers who are
engaged in such employment as their full-time occupation.
(c) Good Cause
"Good cause" shall mean nonfeasance, malfeasance, dishonesty, or
refusal to carry out the will of the membership of the Texas Hospital
(d) Member in Good Standing
"Member in good standing" is hereby defined to be a member who
has paid all dues and assessments due and payable to or for the
Grand Lodge, State Lodge, and the Texas Hospital District Police, or
who is not more that ninety (90) days in arrears of such payments as
of the date specified for the payment thereof.
(e) Executive Board
"Executive Board" shall be composed of the officers of the lodge.
These officers shall be the following: President, Immediate Past
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant of Arms,
and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
(f) Board of Trustees
"Board of Trustees" shall be composed of the sitting executive board,
all past presidents and all trustees present.
(g) State Trustee
"State Trustee" shall be the President of Texas Hospital District
Police. The President shall have the authority, to appoint any
member of the Lodge in good standing to serve, as the president
deems necessary, as the alternate State Trustee. The State Trustee
shall represent the Lodge at all State Lodge meetings.
(h) Past President
"Past President" shall be defined as any person elected to the office
of the President and who served not less then one (1) full term and
was not removed from office and is still in good standing with the
(i) Certified regularly appointed Law Enforcement Officer
"Certified regularly appointed law enforcement officer" shall mean,
for purposed hereof, any law enforcement officer who meets the
minimum standards, has received the training and education required
by the United States, the state, the political subdivision or agency by
which they are appointed, and is granted arrest powers.
"Quorum" for general meetings shall constitute a majority of the
executive board and any members or trustees present.
(k) Disability Retirement
"Disability Retirement" shall be an active, full time law enforcement
officer who has suffered a medical condition, which makes him/her
incapable of performing duties as a law enforcement officer, and
who is receiving monetary retirement reimbursement from his
department or agency because of said condition.
(l) Gender Terms
"Gender terms such as “He/She”, "he" or "she" All terms used herein
to denominate gender shall be generic and, whenever appropriate, the
singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include the
"Lodge" for the purposes of this Constitution and By-laws shall
mean the Texas Hospital District Police.
“Region” for the purpose of this Constitution and By-laws shall
mean the various represented law enforcement departments that hold
membership in the Texas Hospital District Police.
Section 1: Eligible for Membership
Any regularly appointed or elected and full-time employed law enforcement officer
of the United States, in the State of Texas or political subdivision thereof, or any
agency may be eligible for membership in the Texas Hospital District Police, subject
to the provisions of the Constitution. No person shall be denied membership on
account of race, religion, color, creed, sex, age or national origin.
Section 2: Judgment of Membership
Subject only to the provisions of this Constitution, the Texas Hospital District Police
shall be the judge of its membership. The Texas Hospital District Police shall
establish requirements for "membership in good standing" of its membership, which
requirements shall not be inconsistent herewith.
Section 3: Classes of Membership
There shall be four (4) classes of membership: Active, Retired, Honorary and
(a) Active Membership
(1) Shall include certified regularly appointed or elected full-time
law enforcement officers.
(2) May include retired regularly appointed or elected law
(3) May include, subject to the approval of the state lodge
regularly appointed or elected law enforcement officers who
have resigned from their law enforcement duties and who
have remained in good standing with this lodge and the state
(4) Active members, as herein defined, shall have voice and
(b) Retired Membership
Retired Membership and/or retired disabled membership shall be
comprised of retired certified regularly appointed or elected law
enforcement officers, who withdrew from active membership from
the FOP and upon or after retirement from their law enforcement
agency. Active members who retire due to a disability sustained in
the performance of their duties as a law enforcement officer shall be
exempt from paying dues in this lodge.
(1) Retired members, as herein defined, shall have voice and vote
and can hold office.
(c) Honorary Membership
Honorary Membership shall be comprised of individuals recognized
by the State Lodge or Texas Hospital District Police for exceptional
service or contribution to the State or political subdivision, the law
enforcement community or the Fraternal Order of Police.
(d) Associate Member
Associate Member shall be non-peace officer position such as,
Communication Officers, Public Service Officers and/or other
Section 5: Disqualification for Membership
No person shall be a member of more than one subordinate lodge at the same time
nor shall any member who is delinquent, or who has been suspended by another
subordinate lodge for any reason, be eligible for membership in this lodge until
suspension is lifted.
Section 6: Denial of Membership
The Texas Hospital District Police may deny membership to anyone who is, or has
been, a member of the Communist Party, or of any party regardless of what name
known which advocates the abolition, destruction or violent overthrow of the
government of the United States or any state or political subdivision thereof.
Section 7: Military Leave
Members of the Lodge in good standing entering the military service during a
national emergency or leaving their department on account of compulsory service
in any capacity in connection with the National Defense in time of war or other
national emergency shall be carried as a non-paying member until his/her return
to his/her respective department, providing however, that any such member has
returned, to active duty with his/her department within five years of the date of
leaving or within the time limits set with the individual’s department policy. All
lodge benefits will be placed on hold until the member’s return.
Section 1: Requirement
The Texas Hospital District Police shall be composed of professional law
enforcement officers and non-peace officer positions who have met the requirements
set forth in Article 4, Sec. 1-3 of this Constitution who are employed and/or formally
employed by a Hospital Police Department within the State of Texas. All “formally
employed” members of the Texas Hospital District Police must be a member in
good standing at the time of their leaving his/her respective department and must be
employed with another police agency within 30 days.
Section 2: Fiscal Year
The fiscal year for Texas Hospital District Police shall be from January 1 to
December 31, inclusively, of each calendar year. The tax year for the lodge shall
run from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year.
Section 3: Annual Budget
There shall be an annual budget for the Texas Hospital District Police which shall be
formulated by the appointed Budget Committee and shall be submitted to the
Executive Board in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be proscribed
within the By-laws and said budget shall be reported to the membership no later than
the membership meeting in the month of December of the fiscal year. The budget
shall remain in full force and effect for the fiscal year unless revised by emergency
action of the Executive Board.
Section 1: Lodge Officers
The Lodge Officers of the Texas Hospital District Police shall consist of a President,
Immediate Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant of Arms,
Chaplain, & Chairman of Trustees and all past presidents. The term of each office,
with exception of the immediate past president and past presidents shall be for two
(2) years. Lodge Officers shall also consist of members of the Board of Trustees as
prescribed in Article 8 of this Constitution. The term of office for immediate past
president and past presidents is indefinite.
(a) Ineligibility as Lodge Officers
A lodge officer who resigns from office during any elected term shall
relinquish all right to and privilege of that office and shall revert to
the status of "member". A lodge officer who resigns from active
police duty for any reason other than to retire on pension, either for
length of service or disability, or otherwise becomes ineligible as a
member of the Fraternal Order of Police, shall automatically forfeit
his office. Any member who gets assigned to the Criminal
Investigation Division, an Internal Affairs Division, a Public
Integrity Unit or any internal investigative agency whose
responsibility is to conduct investigations against members of its
own department or who promotes to a rank above that of sergeant
shall resign or be removed from office. They will remain as active
members if membership requirements are met.
Section 2: Nomination, Election and Installation
(a) Executive Board
The officers of the Texas Hospital District Police shall be elected
every 2 (two) years by the membership as prescribed in Section 3 of
The Trustees for the Texas Hospital District Police shall be elected
every 2 (two) years. Trustees shall be elected at Large and the
number of Trustees to be elected shall be determined by the numbers
of law enforcement organizations in the Lodge that have
representative members. A prerequisite for consideration for the
position of Trustee is that the trustee is an employee of the agency
represented by that position.
(c) Chairman of Trustees
The position of Chairman of Trustees shall be elected by the majority
of Trustees at the first post election meeting of the Board of Trustees.
He shall be elected by secret ballot, show of hands or voice vote. The
newly elected Chairman of Trustees will hold a voting position on
the Executive Board of the Texas Hospital District Police.
All Lodge Officers shall be the rank of sergeant or below. No
member shall be nominated for more than one (1) position on the
same ballot. Only a member in "good standing" may be nominated
for a position on the Executive Board. No member shall hold more
then one (1) office in the Lodge. Members must attend eight (8)
meetings or six (6) meetings and two (2) events, to be eligible for
nomination for a position on the Executive Board.
Candidates for election to the offices of President, Vice President,
Treasurer, Secretary, Sergeant of Arms, Chaplain and Trustees shall
be nominated for their positions at the regularly scheduled general
meeting of the Calendar year that their position comes up for
The name of each duly nominated candidate for office shall be
placed on the ballot in alphabetical order.
The election of each office shall be conducted at the monthly
meeting in October in any given year.
(1) Regular Voting shall be done by secret ballot and shall
be overseen by an Election Committee at the stated meeting
held in October The Election Committee shall be chaired by
the Immediate Past President and two other non office
holding or nominated members chosen by the Immediate
Past President with consent of the Executive Board.
(2) Early or Absentee voting may be conducted.
(3) Run off elections will occur when a candidate with the
most votes for any position fails to attain 50% of the votes
cast. A runoff of the two top vote getters for each affected
position will be held at the next regular schedule general
meeting and will be conducted by the Election Committee.
Officer-Elect shall be installed by the Past President at the General
Membership meeting held in January and shall take office in
accordance with the regular order of business.
A vacancy in any office of the Texas Hospital District Police shall be
filled by appointment by the President with approval from the
executive board. Such appointment of a member in good standing to
serve in the position vacated will be until such time as a special
election may be held.
(j) Term Limits
The President may hold office for only three consecutive terms.
There shall be no limit placed upon the number of terms of office,
consecutive or non-consecutive, which may be served by any of
the other elected officers of this Lodge.
Section 1: Executive Board
There shall be an Executive Board comprised of officers as defined in Article 3, Sec.
Section 2: Administrative Powers
The Executive Board shall have and exercise all Administrative powers of the lodge.
It shall have the power to act in all emergencies pertaining to the welfare of the
lodge. The Executive Board shall meet as needed.
Section 3: Promulgation of Rules and Regulations
The Executive Board shall promulgate such rules and regulations as it deems
necessary and appropriate to authorize, control, or otherwise conduct the normal
business of this lodge. They shall receive no salary for the performance of their
duties on the Executive board.
Section 4: Board of Inquiry
The Executive Board will act as the Board of Inquiry on all issues of misconduct
brought against a member of the Board of Trustees. All other matters of misconduct
shall be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees.
Section 5: Conflict of Interest
No member of the Executive Board may hold any other office where such position
would be a conflict of interest. This section does not exclude the member from
joining more than one police/law enforcement organization.
Section 6: Missing Meetings without Just Cause
Any member of the Executive Board who misses three (3) consecutive meetings
without just cause may be subject to removal from office. Such violations will be
investigated by the Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees
Section 1: Custodians of Lodge Property
The Board of Trustees shall be comprised according to Art.3, Sec.1 (f). The Board
of Trustees shall be the custodians of the lodge's property. The Board of Trustees
shall compile an inventory of all real and tangible property belonging to the lodge.
The Board of Trustees shall report to the Executive Board on a yearly basis an
inventory of property belonging to the lodge. The Board of Trustees shall, if
necessary, set the amount of surety bond paid for by the lodge on the offices of
Secretary and Treasurer to insure the faithful performance of their duties. The Board
of Trustees shall meet at least once each quarter during the calendar year.
Section 2: Number of Trustees
Any region with twenty (20) members in good standing shall be authorized three
(3) trustees (2 Active Members and 1 Associate Member). Every year, membership
of each region will be reviewed to insure proper representation is maintained.
Section 3: Allegations of Misconduct
The Board of Trustees will be the main investigative body in matters of allegations
of misconduct against regular members and/or members of the Executive Board.
The Board of Trustees shall use the guidelines provided in Article 21 of this
Constitution when investigating allegations of misconduct.
Section 1: Chief Executive Officer
The President shall be the chief executive officer of Texas Hospital District Police.
He shall preside over all lodge and Executive Board meetings as a non voting
member unless there is a tie vote from the Board. The President at that time may
cast the deciding ballot.
Section 2: Administrator and Manager
The President shall administer and manage the business of the lodge between
meetings of the Executive Board. The President shall ensure that the Resolutions
and by-laws of this lodge and the orders and actions of the Executive Board are
carried out. The President shall execute all contracts in which the lodge may enter
or may delegate authority to do same to duly elected members of the Executive
Section 3: Majority appointment on all Committees
The President shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Executive Board, a
majority of each committee thereof to inquire into any matter affecting or
concerning the lodge. The President shall serve as an ex-officio member of all
committees of the lodge.
Section 4: Lodge Spokesman
The President shall be the principle spokesman for the Lodge and shall be the only
authorized member to speak on behalf of the Lodge and issue news releases. The
President may with advice and consent of the Executive Board appoint a spokesman.
Section 5: Business Report
The President shall submit at each regular meeting a report of all official business
conducted by him/her on behalf of the Lodge.
Section 6: Special Verbal Authorization
The President shall be empowered to obtain a verbal vote from all members of the
Executive Board of Directors without calling a special meeting in any urgent or
emergency matter that comes before the Lodge between regularly schedule
meetings. The President shall inform the Lodge Secretary of the results of said vote
immediately and the vote shall be recorded at the next regular meeting.
Section 7: Appointment of Legal Counsel
The President, may, with the advice and consent of the Executive Board of Directors
designate a legal counsel on matters affecting the Lodge.
Section 8: Special Meetings
The President shall call a special meeting of the Executive Board of Directors when
he deems it necessary to do so or upon petition of the majority of the Board of
Directors. Notice of the Special Meeting shall be given to each Board member at
least two (2) days prior to such meeting.
Section 9: Committee Member
The President shall be ex-officio a member of all standing committees and at his
discretion may appointment a chairperson for that committee.
Section 10: State Trustee
The President of Texas Hospital District Police shall be the State Trustee to the
Texas State Lodge. The President shall have the authority, with the Board of
Directors approval, to appoint any member of the Lodge in good standing to serve,
as the president deems necessary, as the alternate State Trustee. The State Trustee
shall represent the Lodge at all State Lodge meetings.
Section 11: Parliamentarian
The President shall have the authority, with the Board of Directors approval, to
appoint any member of the Lodge in good standing to serve as Parliamentarian and
adviser to the Executive Board. The Parliamentarian will rule on all points of
order at all meeting of the Board of Trustees and of the general membership
where order is or may be in conflict with Modern Parliamentary Procedure, unless
otherwise specified in the Constitution and By-Laws of this Lodge. If a
Parliamentarian is not appointed, the Vice President shall perform the duties of
Section 12: Succession
Within thirty (30) days after the expiration of his/her term of office, the President
shall convey to his/her successor all unfinished business, books, records and
physical property belonging to the lodge.
Immediate Past President and all Past Presidents
Section 1: The Immediate Past President
The Immediate Past President may occupy the office of Past President. In order to
hold this office, he must remain in good standing with the lodge and have served as
President for at least one (1) complete term. The Immediate Past President shall
advise and assist the President and Lodge Executive Board. Should the Past
President hold a lesser office, he will only be entitled to one vote on the Executive
Section 2: Chairman of the Election Committee
The Immediate Past President shall serve on any and all election committees as
Chairman. If the Immediate Past President cannot or will not perform the duties of
Chairman, the President may, with advice and consent of the Executive Board,
choose a replacement.
Section 3: The Past Presidents
The Past Presidents shall occupy a position on the Executive Board as Past
President. In order to hold this office, he must remain in good standing with the
lodge and have served as President for at least one (1) complete term. The Past
Presidents shall advise and assist the President and Lodge Executive Board. Should
the Past President hold a lesser office, he will only be entitled to one vote on the
Section 1: Absence of the President
The Vice President in the absence of the President, or in the event of his inability or
refusal to act, shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall
have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. Any
Vice President shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned
to him/her by the President.
Section 2: Committee Appointments
The Vice President shall have minority appointments on all committees.
Section 3: Succession
Within thirty (30) days after the expiration of his/her term of office, the Vice
President shall convey to his/her successor all unfinished business, books, records
and physical property belonging to the lodge.
Section 1: Duties of the Secretary
The Secretary shall have custody of books, records, documents, the Seal of the
Fraternal Order of Police, and office paraphernalia and equipment under the general
authority and order of the President. He/She shall take record and transcribe minutes
of the regular meetings, and shall submit the same for approval to the President.
He/She shall conduct the general correspondence of the lodge. He/She shall attest,
under the Seal of the Order, all duly authorized contracts of the lodge. He/She shall
be the official custodian of the By-laws, which shall be authenticated by the Seal of
the Order, and the signatures of the President and Secretary.
Section 2: Responsibilities of FOP Merchandise
The Secretary shall be responsible for purchase, inventory, and sale of all Fraternal
Order of Police merchandise.
Section 3: Surety Bond
The Secretary shall, if necessary, furnish a surety bond paid for by the lodge for the
faithful performance of his/her duties in such an amount prescribed by the Board of
Section 4: Administrative Director
The Secretary, at the direction of the President and with the advice and consent of
the Executive Board of Directors may utilize an Administrative Director to handle
the daily business of the Lodge. The Secretary will be responsible for the
supervision of the Administrative Director.
Section 5: Custodian of the Constitution & By-Laws
The Secretary shall be the official custodian of the Constitution & By-Laws of the
Texas Hospital District Police.
Section 6: Succession
At the expiration of his/her term of office and within thirty (30) days thereafter, the
Secretary shall deliver to his/her successor the official Seal of the Order and all
books, documents, records, paraphernalia and equipment in his/her possession, and
shall require and receive a receipt thereof.
Section 1: Custodian of all Monies
The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all monies of the lodge. He/She shall, if
necessary, furnish a surety bond paid for by the lodge in the amount specified by the
board of Trustees, which is to insure the faithful performance of his duties.
Section 2: Deposit of Monies
The Treasurer shall deposit all monies collected in a bank approved by the Executive
Board. After approval from the Executive Board, the Treasurer shall, when
necessary, set up special accounts, for funds and allocate to each, respectively, the
amount allocated or collected thereof.
Section 3: Paying of Bills
The Treasurer shall pay all bills in a timely fashion. The Treasurer shall maintain a
petty cash fund in the sum of not more than one-hundred dollars ($100.00) for
payment of regular business expenses incurred by the Lodge during the course of
usual business. This fund shall be replenished upon sufficient proof to the Board of
Trustees that the monies were spent in the interest and welfare of this Lodge.
Section 4: Required Signatures
The signatures of the President and the Treasurer shall appear on all regular FOP
checks. The President may select an alternate member of the Executive Board of
Directors to sign on the regular FOP account in his/her or the Treasurer's absence.
Section 5: Succession
At the expiration of his/her term of office and within thirty (30) days thereafter, the
Treasurer shall deliver to his/her successor, all monies, records, books, documents,
paraphernalia and equipment in his/her possession, and shall receive a receipt
Section 6: Duties
The Treasurer shall perform such duties as are usual and incidental to his/her office,
and other duties from time to time delegated by the President.
Section 7: Permanent Member of Budget Committee
The Treasurer shall sit as a permanent member of the Budget Committee.
Section 8: Designation of Administrative Director
The Treasurer, with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors may designate
the Administrative Director to perform certain daily duties involving the Treasurer's
Sergeant of Arms
Section 1: Duties of the Sergeant of Arms
The Sergeant of Arms shall have charge and control of the meeting hall, and shall
permit only those qualified persons to enter or remain. The Sergeant of Arms shall
assist in the duties performed by the Vice President and execute such duties from
time to time as delegated by the President.
Chairman of Trustees
Section 1: Duties of the Chairman of Trustees
The Chairman of Trustees shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors and
will be responsible for all duties of the Board of Trustees as outline in Article 8.
Section 2: Board of Inquiry Chairman
He/She shall also act as the Chairman of any Board of inquiry regarding the
misconduct of members of the Lodge or the Board of Directors with the exception
that any inquiries of misconduct against a member of the Board of Trustees will be
handled by the Board of Directors of the Lodge.
Section 1: Duties of the State Trustee
The State Trustee shall represent the Lodge at all meetings of the State Board and
shall report back to the lodge all information gathered at the meeting.
Section 1: Designation of General Counsel
The President, as outlined in Article 9 Section 7 may designate a general counsel for
the Texas Hospital District Police, and when necessary, associate counsel. The
general counsel and such associate counsel may serve as legal representatives to the
Texas Hospital District Police in all legal matters.
Section 1: Reorganization of Auxiliaries
The Texas Hospital District Police, Fraternal Order of Police, recognizes,
acknowledges and validates Auxiliaries of the Grand Lodge, State Lodges and
Subordinate Lodges. Such Auxiliaries may function as Grand Lodge, State Lodge
Auxiliaries and Subordinate Lodge Auxiliaries. Such Auxiliaries shall be subject to
the control and supervision of the lodge or lodges with which they are affiliated.
They shall conform to and be governed by a Constitution and such By-laws as they
shall adopt and which shall, at all times, be subject to approval of the governing
body of the lodge with which they are affiliated and ultimately, the Grand Lodge.
Section 1: Procedure of Discipline
Rules of procedure in case of discipline must conform to the due process set forth in
the National Constitution.
Section 1: Legal Assistance
Upon such terms and in accordance with procedures established in Article 24 of the
National By-laws, a member may request and be granted legal assistance or financial
aid at the local, state and National levels.
Section 1: Consideration of Resolutions
All Resolutions submitted for consideration must be in the format as described by
Roberts Rules of Order.
Section 1: Proposal of Amendments
Proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-laws of the Texas Hospital
District Police will be submitted to the Secretary, who will present the
amendment(s) to the Constitution and By-law Committee. The Constitution and By-
law Committee will consider all proposed amendment(s) and will report to the
Executive Board a recommendation for approval or rejection of the amendment(s).
Section 2: Consideration of Amendments
The Executive Board will consider each amendment and recommendation submitted
by the Constitution and By-law Committee. The Executive Board will then place
the proposed amendment(s) on a ballot for the next scheduled election. The
Executive Board will submit its recommendation for approval or rejection of the
Section 3: Vote on Passage of Amendments
A 2/3 vote of the membership is required for passage of an amendment to the
Constitution and By-laws of the Texas Hospital District Police.
Official Order of Business
The Order of Business shall be:
1. Roll call of officers
2. Reading of the minutes from last regular
meeting and any special meeting.
3. Acceptance of new applications for membership.
4. Membership committee report and previous
applications for membership.
5. Officer's report.
6. Reports to committee.
9. Reports on members sick or in distress.
10. Unfinished business.
11. New business.
12. Good of the Order.
13. Election of officers.
14. Installation of officers.
All meeting shall adhere to strict parliamentary procedure.
Except as provided in this Constitution and the By-laws, the latest edition of
"Roberts' Rules of Order" shall govern the conduct and deliberations of all
Executive, Committee and general membership meetings of the Texas Hospital
Dues and Assessment
Members of the Texas Hospital District Police shall pay dues in the amounts listed
below. Dues will be paid at the beginning each month. Members will be considered
in arrears if their dues are not paid by the next general meeting following the month
they did not pay dues.
Schedule of dues payment:
(a) Active/ Associate members with full legal defense will pay $230.00 per
(b) Active/ Associate members with no legal coverage will pay $30.50 per
(c) Retired members with no legal coverage will pay $60.00 per year.
(d) Honorary members are exempt from dues.
(e) Members with disability retirement are exempt from dues.
Dues paid shall whenever possible cover the actual cost of obtaining life insurance,
legal defense coverage, state per capita tax, and national per capita tax.
Active members who retire due to a disability sustained in the performance of their
duties as a law enforcement officer shall be exempt from paying dues in this lodge.
Members of this lodge who become delinquent in the payment of their dues beyond
90 days (3 months in arrears) shall be subject to disciplinary action deemed
necessary by the Board of Trustees including loss of benefits and/or suspension from
Said dues shall be deposited in an interest bearing account authorized by the
Executive Board in Article 13, Sec. 2 of the Constitution.
The Texas Hospital District Police shall maintain in force a life insurance policy
through the Texas State Fraternal Order of Police for all members.
The Texas Hospital District Police shall maintain in force a legal defense policy for
all members who choose to participate.
Use of Alcohol
During all convened meetings of the Board of Trustees, general and special
meetings of the general membership, no alcoholic beverages will be consumed.