Proposed Constitutional Amendment

02.16.20

There is a proposed constitutional amendment to the Virginia Bylaws that will be voted on at the 2020 State Convention. Please see the file available for download on the menu to the left for the actual proposal. The basic text reads (without formatting):

Current: Article XIII – National Convention Roll Call Voting Procedure When preparing for roll call votes to be cast on elections, amendments, etc., at the National Convention the vote shall be taken by paper ballot at the annual Chapter Convention. The results of that paper ballot shall govern the procedure, by percentage, for how the Chapter’s votes will be cast at the National Convention by the Chapter President or designee. The results of the votes shall be recorded in the official minutes of the Chapter convention. On the issue of elections, the Chapter’s official vote must be taken at the Chapter convention in the year that the election will take place at the National convention. This procedure cannot be changed prior to October 31, 2018, in accordance with the National Bylaws Article XI, Section 1, paragraph 14.

Proposed (Simple Read):

Article XIII – National Convention Roll Call Voting Procedure When preparing for roll call votes held at the National Convention, those members in attendance at said National Convention, who are eligible to vote, shall caucus. The result of the vote shall govern the procedure, by percentage, for how the Chapter’s votes will be cast.

This amendment shall take effect immediately upon the vote.

Rationale: On 2/5/2020, a telecom was held with the National Executive Board and an outside parliamentarian to discuss issues that were brought before the membership in 2019. Several issues were addressed including the “Roll Call Voting Procedures”. The parliamentarian stated that each state can choose how and where they vote on all roll call National issues. This includes the election of National officers and amendments. Complications can arise if the chapter chooses to vote at the chapter convention. Any amendment submitted to the National office 60 days prior to the National Convention may be better than those amendments available at our Chapter Convention. Waiting until the National Convention to vote of amendments will allow the opportunity to hear the pros and cons of each. Waiting to vote on candidates will allow candidates the opportunity to caucus with our chapter so we can make an informed decision on such candidates. Qualified candidates may not have the time nor money to spend in traveling to chapter conventions for an unpaid position (minus one). This will allow candidates the opportunity to meet with smaller chapters that would normally not see these candidates due to the larger states getting all the attention. If the chapter’s by-laws do not address voting at the National Convention then the chapter will have no vote on issues brought to the floor of the National Convention. This amendment resolves this issue.

Co-Submitters: David Schenck, Toni Saul, Stephen Johnson Maynard Pruitt



News from National Convention

07.25.18

Just released - Heidi Heitkamp and others just introduced Senate Amendment 3459 to the Financial Service Appropriations Bill against privatization of the US Postal Service. Please call your congress member and voice your support for this amendment. Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121