Bylaw Amendments

General Background

The procedure for amending the bylaws is set forth in Article XII.  Amendments may be proposed by any local League or ILO board of directors, or by the LWVC board, for consideration at any convention. To pass, the proposed amendments must receive a two-thirds vote of the delegates present and voting at the convention. Amendments are effective upon adoption.

To facilitate your deliberation, the proposed amendments are set forth below along with the board’s recommendations for action on these amendments. Language to be deleted is indicated by a strikethrough effect (e.g. strikethrough effect).  New language is indicated by underlining (e.g. underlining).

Delegates are asked to consider the following two proposals to amend the bylaws submitted by the LWVC board of directors. No proposed bylaws amendments were submitted by any local League or ILO board of directors.

Proposal No. 1: Amendment to Article VII – Section 2(a) – The Nominating Committee

Proposed by:  LWVC Board
LWVC Recommendation:  Approve

Reason for Proposed Amendment:  The board is proposing the deletion of the requirement that the two nominating committee members appointed by the board must be board members.  The proposed amendment will provide the board flexibility in finalizing the committee membership.

At times, board members are not available to serve on the committee and to appoint outside the board is not consistent with the bylaws.  Additionally, in keeping with the emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and if needed, the board could choose to appoint from the membership to achieve greater diversity on the committee.

Article VII Committees, Section 2. Other Committees (a) The Nominating Committee.

The nominating committee shall consist of five members, two of whom shall be directors.  The Chair and two members who shall not be directors shall be elected by the convention. Nominations for these offices shall be made by the current nominating committee.  Further nominations may be made from the floor of the convention. Nominating committee members shall hold office for a term of two years beginning July 1 after the convention or until their successors are elected and qualified.  Two members of the committee shall be appointed by the board and their term of office shall run concurrently with the term of office of the elected members.  The president is not eligible to serve on the committee.

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Proposal No. 2: Amendment to Article VII – Section 2(a) – The Nominating Committee

Proposed by:  LWVC Board
LWVC Recommendation:  Approve

Reason for Proposed Amendment:  At Convention 2017, the delegates adopted a total revision of the bylaws.  An important element was inadvertently omitted from the new bylaws – the ability of any LWVC member to suggest nominees to the nominating committee.  The proposed amendment offered by the LWVC board will add the provision to the current bylaws.

Article VII Committees, Section 2. Other Committees (a) The Nominating Committee.

The nominating committee shall consist of five members, two of whom shall be directors.  The Chair and two members who shall not be directors shall be elected by the convention. Nominations for these offices shall be made by the current nominating committee.  Further nominations may be made from the floor of the convention. Nominating committee members shall hold office for a term of two years beginning July 1 after the convention or until their successors are elected and qualified.  Two members of the committee shall be appointed by the board and their term of office shall run concurrently with the term of office of the elected members.  The president is not eligible to serve on the committee.

(1) Any vacancy occurring in the nominating committee shall be filled by the board.

(2) The names and contact information of the nominating committee shall be sent to the local League and ILO presidents.  The nominating committee shall solicit from each local League and ILO, through its president, suggestions for nominations for the offices to be  filled.

(3)        Any LWVC member may send suggestions to the nominating committee for   nominations for the offices to be filled.

(3 4)     The report of the nominating committee of its nominations for officers, directors, and the chair and two members of the succeeding nominating committee shall be sent to local Leagues and ILOs one month before the convention.  The report of the nominating committee shall be presented to the convention on the first day of the convention. Immediately following the presentation of this report, nominations may be made from the floor by any member of the convention, provided that the consent of the nominee shall have been secured.

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