Operating Procedures

Fresno Chamber of Commerce

Government Affairs Council (GAC)

Operating Procedures

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Government Affairs Council (GAC) is to provide a basis for the Fresno Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) to act and influence local, state and federal government issues and have a good working relationship with its elected officials, thus creating a favorable and profitable business climate.

Composition

GAC will consist of up to 17 voting members. Composition shall be representative of the general Chamber membership. The GAC Chair position will be appointed by the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors, with the recommendation of the Vice Chair Governmental Affairs, each year. GAC membership is open to all Chamber members in good standing. GAC meetings are open to the public. All elected officials representing Fresno and the region or their designees are ex officio, nonvoting members of the GAC.

Policy Platform

Beginning in October of each year, the GAC shall develop a policy platform consistent with GAC’s mission statement of local, state, and federal legislative issues (Policy Platform) for the following year. The Policy Platform shall be recommended to the Board of Directors no later than its January meeting for discussion and approval.

Legislation Position Authority 

The Board of Directors of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce shall be updated each month of any legislative positions taken by GAC. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to modify any position of GAC.

GAC

GAC shall have the authority on behalf of the Board of Directors, to approve any legislative positions that align with the approved policy platform consistent with GAC’s mission statement.

Executive Committee of GAC

By a majority vote of the President/CEO, GAC Chairman, GAC Vice-Chairman, and two GAC voting members appointed by the GAC Chair serving as the Executive Committee of GAC, the GAC Executive Committee shall have the authority to act on behalf of the GAC to approve any legislative positions that align with the policy platform consistent with GAC’s mission statement. The GAC shall be notified of this action within 48 hours (or no later than the end of the first working day should the GAC action be taken on a Friday or day before a holiday). The GAC shall have the authority to modify any decision of the Executive Committee of GAC at its next scheduled meeting.

Voting Members

GAC members will serve two (2) year terms beginning January 1 and ending December 31 of the following year with a maximum of 3 terms. GAC members shall be appointed by the Chamber Chair of the Board in consultation with the GAC Chair and President/CEO subject to approval of the Chamber Board of Directors. The voting members will always include the President/CEO, Incoming Chairman of the Chamber Board, and the Vice Chair of Government Affairs. These positions are only good for their one year tenure.

Appointment of New Members

GAC membership applications are available are due to the GAC Chair by December 1 of each year.

Email or call Nathan Alonzo at 559-495-4821 for the GAC application. The GAC chair, in consultation with the GAC vice chair, and vice chair of Government Affairs will determine voting membership for applicants based on, but not limited to, the following qualifications:

        1. Knowledge of local, state and/or federal public policy issues.
        2. Industry representation.
        3. Past and current Chamber involvement.
        4. Past and current political involvement.

Voting Membership Vacancies

Prospective GAC members can apply for openings by notifying the GAC Chair.  The GAC Chair in consultation with the Vice Chair of Government Affairs will appoint voting members to fill in vacancies during the year subject to approval of the Board of Directors.

Attendance

GAC meets second Wednesday of each month at noon. If a GAC member accumulates more than three (3) consecutive or 4 absences throughout the year, the member loses GAC membership.

Minutes

Minutes will be kept of all GAC meetings.

Quorum

A quorum shall consist of fifty percent plus-one voting members in attendance at any regularly scheduled meeting. If a quorum cannot be assembled, the Executive Committee of GAC is empowered to act on behalf of the GAC

Amendments

The authority to approve or modify the Government Affairs Council Operating Procedures shall be vested in the Fresno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.