August 7, 2012
AALL's Bylaws FAQ Was Released on Schedule
|7) What are the next steps in the process for the proposed bylaws change?|
The AALL Executive Board approved proposed bylaw amendments submitted by the Bylaws Committee on July 20, 2012. The motion approved by the AALL Executive Board read as follows:
“That the Executive Board approve the proposed amendments to the AALL Bylaws and that the proposed amendments be submitted to the membership by distributed ballot, with a 60-day advance notice to the membership as of August 1, followed by a 30-day voting period.”
Ballots will be distributed electronically to all current AALL voting members on October 1, 2012. Voting members may request a paper ballot if voting electronically is not an option for them. All ballots must be received electronically or by mail at AALL Headquarters by 11:59 p.m. on October 30, 2012.
I knew the E-Board's Bylaws FAQ was supposed to be released on August 1st. It was. Quoting a comment to this LLB post published on August 6th:
The Bylaws FAQ was released on Aug. 1. I got word of it by direct email from AALL Pres. Jean Wenger. Since I'm not remotely important, I have to assume it was sent to all AALL members. Anyway, it can be found at www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Leadership-Governance/bylaws/2012-bylaws-proposedamend-faq.pdf
Thanks Anon! I know I didn't receive the email last week. You? It must have gone straight into my spam folder. Hopefully, the e-ballot email notice doesn't end up there.
I don't recall seeing the Bylaws FAQ link (or, for that matter, the July 30th date-stamped news release, Executive Board Approves Bylaw Amendments) on AALL's front page under the News heading when I checked AALLNET last weekend while drafting "All the world's a stage" at AALL's Members Open Forum. But, what the heck, perhaps the Bylaws FAQ link was displayed below the "View all News" fold at that time. My bad, I guess. As of this morning, both are displayed above the fold under the News heading.
No matter. The selected eight answered questions in the five page FAQ is a quick read. Do note that Board-approved proposed amendments also affect Article XI, Section 5: Chapter Bylaws and Article XIII: Rules of Order in addition to proposed Membership changes to Article IV, Sections I and 2. [Complete text of affected sections with proposed language changes] and are addressed in the FAQ.
During the notice period, I guess alternative Bylaws suggestions ahead of the vote can be posted to AALLNET web communities but I know some AALL members refuse to participate in the forums because of AALL's web communications policy. Might be time to lurk to "read more about it." [JH]