Local Government Council

Article 1: General Provisions

Section 1 (Formal Designation): The official designation of the council shall be the ‘Local Government Council on Basic Income’ (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Council’).
Section 2 (Definition): In these bylaws, ‘basic income’ refers to an income regularly granted to all individuals by the central or local governments without preconditions.
Section 3 (Purpose): The purpose of these bylaws is to stipulate matters necessary for establishing and operating the Council as a consultative body among local governments to build public consensus on basic income, facilitate universality and institutionalize basic income, and formulate action plans for related initiatives.
Section 4 (Functions): The Council shall discuss the following matters:

1. matters associated with major policies to facilitate basic income initiatives;

2. matters associated with planning, research, action plan studies, analyses, evaluations and education on basic income;

3. matters associated with legal and institutional improvements for promoting basic income;

4. matters associated with joint and promotional activities for facilitating basic income;

5. matters associated with international exchanges and collaboration on basic income;

6. matters that require coordination for consultations among two or more local governments and/or local government-related agencies;

7. matters requiring the delivery of requests or opinions to the central and local governments or related agencies regarding basic income; and

8. matters suggested by the chair and members of the Council.

Article 2: Members and Operation

Section 5 (Composition): The Council is composed of local governments listed in the addendum and the heads of the corresponding local governments shall be granted membership.
Section 6 (Executives): The Council shall have 1 chair, 1 vice-chair, 1 auditor, and 1 spokesperson representing the members of the Council.
Section 7 (Election of Executives): ① The chair shall be elected by approval of the majority of members at a general meeting, and the elected chair shall appoint the vice-chair, auditor, and spokesperson for the effective operation of the Council.
Section 8 (Duties of Executives): ① The chair shall represent the Council and oversee meetings and affairs of the Council.
② The vice-chair shall assist the chair; if the chair is unable to perform the required duties due to unavoidable reasons, the vice-chair shall act on the chair’s behalf. If both the chair and vice-chair are unable to perform their duties concurrently, a person designated by the chair in advance will act on their behalf.
③ The auditor shall monitor the fiscal condition of the Council and report the results.
④ The term of the executives shall be for two years, and executives may be reappointed for a consecutive term. The term of an executive appointed through by-election shall be the remaining term of the predecessor.

Article 3: Meetings

Section 9 (Submission of Agenda Proposals): ① The chair shall notify each member at least 20 days before a scheduled meeting regarding the submission of agenda proposals.
② Members shall submit agenda proposals to the chair at least 10 days before the meeting.
③ The chair shall notify associated agencies of the submitted agenda proposals and request their responses or attendance at the meeting to present opinions.
Section 10 (Meeting): ① The chair shall convene and preside over meetings of the Council.
② Meetings are divided into regular and temporary meetings. The regular meetings shall be be convened twice a year while the temporary meetings shall be convened when the chair recognizes the necessity or more than a third of the members agree to convene such a meeting.
③ When the chair requires a meeting to be convened, the chair shall notify each member of the time, place, and agenda of the meeting at least seven days in advance. The chair, however, shall not be required to do so that if compelled by urgent or unavoidable reasons.
④ The Council may substitute a meeting in written form when the agenda to be deliberated is minimal or urgent or for specific reasons accepted by the chair.
Section 11 (Meeting Quorum): ① Meetings of the Council shall be held with the attendance of a majority of registered members and decisions are made with the approval of the majority of the attending members.
② In the event of a tied vote, the chair shall make the final decision and subsequent matters shall follow common practices.
③ If, for unavoidable reasons, the head of a local government is unable to attend a meeting and exercise his/her rights to discussion and vote as a member of the Council, the deputy head of that local government may attend that meeting and exercise the right to discussion and vote on behalf of the head.
Section 12 (Action on Meeting Results): ① When the Council is convened, the chair shall have the minutes recorded and made available to the members.
② The chair shall take necessary actions to ensure matters deliberated and decided by the Council are implemented and shall report the related progress to members at the next meeting.
Section 13 (Requesting Collaboration of Related Agencies): If necessary for the performance of the duties of the Council, the Council may request that relevant experts or government officials with expertise and experience attend a meeting in order to provide to their opinions. In addition, the Council may request that relevant administrative organizations and other agencies/corporations/groups submit corresponding materials or offer opinions as part of such collaboration.

Article 4: Working-level Council, Council of Cities and Provinces, Advisory Committee

Section 14 (Working-level Council): ① The Working-level Council may be organized to engage in a pre-review process at a working level regarding a proposed agenda in order to ensure the effecient operation of the Council.
② Members of the Working-level Council shall consist of directors or heads of related departments or divisions of participating local governments. If an unavoidable reason necessitates the absence a member from the council, he/she shall assign another person to serve as an acting member.
③ The head of the Working-level Council shall be commissioned by the chair of the Council from among members of the Working-level Council. The term of the head shall be for one year, and the head may be reappointed for a consecutive year.
④ The Working-level Council shall have an assistant administrator and secretary who will deal with administrative matters. The assistant administrator shall be the director of the division to which the head of the Working-level Council belongs, and the secretary shall be the leader of the team overseeing administrative affairs.
⑤ The Working-level Council shall submit advisory documentation after going through working-level reviews of the agenda of discussions and report the details at Council meetings.
Section 15 (Council of Cities and Provinces): ① The Council of Cities and Provinces shall be composed of members from relevant cities and provinces and have a president.
② The provisions of these bylaws shall be applied to meeting operation for the Council of Cities and Provinces.
Section 16 (Advisors): ① The Council may establish an Advisory Committee in order to secure advice or input regarding discussion agenda.
② Advisors shall be appointed by the chair from among those who meet at least one of the following requirements after obtaining approval from the Council:

1. a group leader, professor, or expert with sufficient experience and knowledge in the fields of social welfare and economy;

2. a local council member; or

3. a person who is currently working or has once worked at an associated public organization.

③ The advisors, not government officials, may receive payment for the performance of their duties as determined by the Council.

Article 5: Secretariat

Section 17 (Secretariat): ① The Council shall establish a secretariat with a head and personnel to appropriately undertake necessary affairs.
② The head of the secretariat shall be the director of the relevant division of the local government to which the Chair belongs and secretariat personnel shall be employees of that division. Additionally, office assistants may be employed; matters concerning their services and employment shall be governed by the provisions of the Local Public Officials Act.
③ If necessary, the Council may assign the operation of the secretariat to a specialized organization as decided through a meeting of the Advisory Committee.
Section 18 (Duties of Secretariat ): ① The secretariat shall undertake the following duties:

1. research and policy development associated with basic income;

2. organization and hosting of training, discussions, and hearings;

3. consultations with relevant organizations;

4. establishment of operations, accounts, and comprehensive plans for the Council;

5. meeting notification and preparations; and

6. other matters related to the Council.

Article 6: Finances and Other Matters

Section 19 (Expenses): ① Expenses incurred in the course of pursuing administrative work and joint projects of the Council shall be borne jointly by the participating local governments.
② The annual contribution shares shall be determined by a resolution of the Council.
Section 20 (Allowances and Others): Regarding members and relevant experts, but not public officials, engaged by the Council and Working-level Council, the Council may offer compensation for actual expenses within the range of planned budget.
Section 21 (Accounting Reports and Financial Statements): ① The fiscal year of the Council shall be from January 1 to December 31.
② The accounting of the Council shall be overseen by the head of the secretariat. The status of expense execution shall be reported at a regular meeting convened once a year and approved by the Council.
Section 22 (Assumption of Office): The incumbent chair shall consign all affairs related to the operation of the Council to a successor within a month of the expiration of his/her term.
Section 23 (Amendment of Bylaws): The amendment of these bylaws shall be undertaken with the approval of a majority of registered members including written agreements.
Section 24 (Rules of Operation): Matters concerning the operation of the Council other than those specified in these bylaws shall be determined by the chair upon the resolution of the Council.

Supplementary Provisions

Section 1 (Effective Date): These bylaws shall enter into effect from the date of notification.
Section 2 (Applicable Rules): Matters not stipulated in these bylaws shall be subject to common rules of operation.