AC & House Leadership Recommend Defeat!
by George Eynon, Chair, Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Ed Dolly, Chairman-Elect
Sandi Barber, Secretary-Editor
to the House, who will be voting on this issue in Denver, now have
the benefit of clear opinions from the Association’s other two governing
bodies, as well as that of the House leadership, to help make an
such a key issue in an organization such as ours, AAPG has already
informally instituted part of COCBAP (Committee on Constitution
and Bylaws Amendment Procedure). This procedure, previously adopted
by the EC, suggests opinions be sought from the AC, EC and HOD on
all resolutions for amendments (COCBAP2a, see final paragraph below).
In the September 2000 The Delegates’ Voice -- we outlined
the history of COCBAP and in particular the final, third recommendation
of that committee, which was as follows:
Constitutional Amendment -- The EC should
pass a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment. The proposed
amendment would prevent any one body (AC, EC, or HOD) from proposing
amendments which would “alter the composition, manner of selection,
the terms of office, the specific duties, responsibilities, and
other matters relevant to such bodies and officers” without the
consent of the affected body. This resolution for amendment should
be submitted to the HOD, and if passed by a majority vote, will
be submitted to the entire membership for vote.
leadership asked for and has already received opinions from the
other two bodies. All three bodies recommend defeating COCBAP3 when
it comes before the House in Denver. Their decisions are summarized:
Executive Committee (EC) The Executive Committee discussed
the COCBAP3 issue at its meeting in Houston on October 26, 2000.
As a result of that discussion, the Executive Committee voted to “recommend defeat” of COCBAP3 by a vote of five (5) in favor, one
(1) opposed, and one (1) abstention.
Advisory Council (AC) The AC discussed the COCBAP3 in teleconference
meetings on October 10 and November 6, 2000. In the first of these
a motion to “recommend defeat of COCBAP3 by the House of Delegates.” was tabled until the second teleconference so that all AC members
could give the matter further consideration, and on November 6,
after some discussion and clarification, the AC passed the motion
unanimously--thirteen (13) to zero (0).
of Delegates (HOD) Leadership At a meeting in August, the “leadership” of the House of Delegates (Chairman, Chairman-Elect,
Secretary-Editor) and the Constitution and Bylaws (C&BL) ]ommittee
Chairman discussed the issue, unanimously agreeing to recommend
defeat of COCBAP3.
leadership feels very strongly about a need for greater cooperative
effort among the EC, AC, and HOD in effecting change in the Association.
Informally adopting the procedures outlined in COCBAP2, the House
has been publishing the resolutions for all constitution and bylaws
amendments and seeking input from other AAPG bodies (items from
COCBAP2). However, the amendment proposed by COCBAP3 could bring
any legislative change in the Association to a standstill. Its provisions
do not serve to promote and to improve communications between the
three bodies of the AAPG. The HOD leadership believes that rather
than fostering cooperation, the COCBAP3 recommendation could serve
to create further antagonism.
As a follow-up
to this issue, the AC included in its motion to defeat COCBAP3 a “request that the House of Delegates Constitution and Bylaws Committee
formulate language to embrace the intent of COCBAP2a.” The House
C&BL committee is preparing an amendment that we hope to fast-track
for the Denver meeting to formally “require opinions from the
EC, AC and HOD on resolutions for amendment,” since it is clear
that all three bodies are in favor of this.
a pleasure to see the system working so well -- congratulations and
thanks to all involved to-date.
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