Proposed 2018 Bylaws Amendments

Presented by Bylaws Committee

Brenda Rogers, Chair (LWVUS)
Jackie Jacobberger (CA)
Toni Larson (CO)
Jessica Lowe-Minor (LWVUS)
Caroline Sedlacek (NE)

Bylaws submissions were solicited from state and local Leagues and ILOs. None were submitted. The following proposed amendments are offered by the LWVUS Board. Amendments require a two-thirds vote of convention delegates.

Note:
  • Only specific articles and sections proposed for amendment are listed.
  • Brackets [ ] denote words to be deleted.
  • ALL CAPS denote words to be added.
  • A rationale and recommendation has been provided for each amendment by LWVUS.

 

BYLAWS PROPOSAL #1

Proposed by the LWVUS Board

ARTICLE IV
Local Leagues, Inter-League Organizations and Member-at-Large Units

Sec. 2. Inter-League Organizations.

A. [Members enrolled in local Leagues] STATE AND/OR LOCAL LEAGUES may organize inter-League organizations, hereinafter referred to as ILOs, in order to promote the purposes of the League and to take action on county, metropolitan or regional governmental matters.

B. The national board shall recognize ILOs that fulfill requirements of the national board.

Rationale:  The Committee is proposing this change to better reflect the current process by which ILOs are formed. ILOs are comprised of Leagues, not of individuals members. Therefore, this is a housekeeping change.

Recommendation: The LWVUS Board supports this recommendation.

 

BYLAWS PROPOSAL #2

Proposed by the LWVUS Board

ARTICLE VI
Withdrawal of Recognition

Sec. 1. Procedure. The national board may withdraw recognition from any state, [or] local League, or ILO for recurrent failure TO FOLLOW LEAGUE PRINCIPLES OR POLICIES. [to fulfill recognition requirements. Recognition may be withdrawn only] Upon full investigation and after the League involved has had an opportunity to be heard by a committee of the national board, THE COMMITTEE MAY ESTABLISH CONDITIONS FOR CONTINUATION OR THE BOARD MAY WITHDRAW RECOGNITION. Withdrawal of recognition shall require a three-fourths vote of the national board and shall become effective immediately.

Sec. 2. Appeal. A state [or], local League, or an ILO may appeal to the next convention or council meeting for reinstatement of recognition by filing a written request signed by a majority of the members of its board with the secretary at least 30 days prior to the convention or council meeting. The convention or council meeting shall decide whether to hear the appeal and shall establish procedures for such a hearing.

Rationale:  This amendment has two parts: 1. It sets expectations for League affiliates to consistently follow League principles and policies, not just adhere to requirements for recognition; and 2. It offers an alternative to withdrawal of recognition to those affiliates that are not meeting that expectation, such as a mentorship program and/or corrective action plan. The change in Sec. 2 is for consistency.

Recommendation: The LWVUS Board supports this recommendation.

 

BYLAWS PROPOSAL #3

Proposed by the LWVUS Board

ARTICLE VI
Withdrawal of Recognition

Sec. 3. [Disposition of Funds. Upon dissolution, the funds of a state League shall be paid to the LWVUS and the funds of a local League shall be paid to the state League in which it was organized. Funds held by an ILO shall be prorated among the member Leagues.]

Sec. 3. DISSOLUTION. UPON WITHDRAWAL OF RECOGNITION, LEAGUES SHALL FOLLOW LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW TO CLOSE OUT. ANY REMAINING FUNDS SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE STATE LWV, LWVUS OR LWVEF AS APPROPRIATE.

Rationale:  This proposal is in response to the growing number of local and state Leagues that are organized solely as 501(c)(3) entities. If recognition is withdrawn from such an entity, its funds need to be dispersed in accordance with its tax status. This provision also calls attention to that fact that there is more to do to close an affiliate than disposition of funds/assets.

Recommendation: The LWVUS Board supports this recommendation.

 

BYLAWS PROPOSAL #4

Proposed by the LWVUS Board

ARTICLE XIV
Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the organization in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with these bylaws OR THE LAW

Rationale:  This additional language allows flexibility for the organization as incorporation law evolves. It is a housekeeping amendment that some state Leagues have adopted.

Recommendation: The LWVUS Board supports this recommendation.

 

BYLAWS PROPOSAL #5

Proposed by the LWVUS Board

ARTICLE XV
Amendments

Sec. 1. These bylaws may be amended at any convention by a two-thirds vote provided that the proposed amendment was submitted to the national board at least three months prior to convention by a state or local board or has been proposed by the national board. The national board shall send all such proposed amendments to the presidents of local and state Leagues and ILOs at least six weeks prior to convention. Local League presidents shall notify members of their respective Leagues of the proposed amendments but failure to give such notice shall not invalidate the subsequent adoption of the amendment by the convention.

Sec. 2. THESE BYLAWS MAY BE AMENDED BY THE LWVUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS IF SUCH AMENDMENT IS REQUIRED BY LAW.

Rationale: Like the previous proposal, this additional language is meant to give flexibility for the LWVUS Board to act as necessary and not risk falling out of compliance because of the timing of internal processes.

Recommendation: The LWVUS Board supports this recommendation.