(d) Treasurer. The treasurer serves as liaison to The Florida Bar and other sections on matters involving section finances and has the responsibility of accounting for all funds of the section, approves all disbursements, prepares annual financial statements under the supervision of the executive council, and prepares budget requests and amendments in a timely manner in accordance with the procedures of the budget committee of The Florida Bar.
Section 3. Term of Office.
(a) Chair. The term of office of the chair begins at the conclusion of the next annual meeting of the section after the chair was elected chair-elect and ends at the conclusion of the next succeeding annual meeting. The chair is automatically succeeded by the chair-elect on expiration of the chair’s term.
(b) Other Officers. The terms of office of the other officers run concurrently with that of the chair.
Section 4. Election of Officers. The chair-elect, secretary, and treasurer are elected by a plurality of the membership of the section in attendance at its annual meeting. Nominations are made by the nominating committee of the executive council and may be accepted from the floor.
Section 5. Vacancies. Any permanent vacancy occurring in an office will be filled for the balance of the unexpired term by vote of the executive council at its next meeting.
ARTICLE IV EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Section 1. Governing Body. The executive council is the governing body of the section between the annual meetings of the section and is composed of 14 members of the section plus the chair, chair-elect, immediate past chair, secretary, treasurer, chair of the public utilities law committee, and all past chairs of the section. The chair of the public utilities law committee and all other past chairs of the section are ex-officio members. As ex- officio members, the chair of the public utilities law committee and all past chairs have the same rights, privileges, and obligations as any other member of the executive council, except the attendance requirement set forth in these bylaws. Past chairs become permanent members automatically on expiration of their term on the executive council. If the term of chair-elect or chair of the executive council expires before completion of service on the executive council as enumerated in these bylaws, that officer will be an additional member of the executive council for that period of time. The chair of the section is the chair of the executive council and the secretary of the section is the secretary of the executive council. The executive council has general supervision and control of the affairs of the section, subject to the provisions of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the bylaws of this section. It authorizes all commitments or contracts which entail the payment of money and the expenditures of all section funds. It will not authorize commitments, contracts, or expenditures involving amounts of money in excess of the total amount which is anticipated as receipts from dues during the fiscal year plus the amount that has been previously collected from dues and remains unexpended. As the governing body of the section, it is vested with the power and authority to determine matters of policy concerning the affairs and purposes of the section. All recommendations of the section to The Florida Bar, any branch of the judiciary, or to any other group or body to which recommendations by the section are authorized to be made must first be approved by the executive council. Any recommendation made to other than The Florida Bar must have the prior approval of The Florida Bar.