25:1 (2010:03) Committee Updates: BylawsMarch 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Bylaws | Leave a comment
[Ed. note: Excerpted from the committee’s January report to the Executive Board.]
Deberah England and Elizabeth Parang, Co-Chairs
Bylaws received and reviewed a proposal from Nominations and Elections Committee (N&E) to amend the bylaws to change the time allotted for voting from 30 days to 10 days after dissemination of the ballot. Bylaws submitted the proposed amendment to the NASIG Executive Board who approved written notification of the pending ballot to the membership. Official notice of pending ballot was sent to the membership via email on October 26, 2009. The ballot was posted on November 30, 2009 with a follow-up posting on December 10, 2009. With 23% of the membership (762) voting, the amendment passed 162 (Yes) to 13 (No). The NASIG Bylaws state, “Adoption [of a proposed amendment] shall be by two-thirds majority of those voting.” As specified, the change went into effect immediately. Accordingly, the change was made to the Bylaws on the NASIG website.
A second amendment proposal was received from Membership Development Committee (MDC). Bylaws reviewed MDC’s proposal to amend the bylaws to include a second active membership category, organizational membership. Once the NASIG Executive Board approved the written notification, the proposed amendment was distributed to the membership on January 4, 2010.
The Bylaws Committee changed its balloting procedures to take advantage of a shorter time frame possible due to electronic balloting. Voting will now close 10 working days after dissemination of the ballot instead of 60 days after the mailing of the ballot. This change was made to the Bylaws Committee procedures on the NASIG web site.
Voting on MDC’s proposed amendment will commence on February 8, 2010 and conclude on February 19, 2010.