& Bylaws Committee
an abbreviated business year for the House (9 months from June '01
in Denver to March '02 in Houston) and, mercifully, the Constitution
& Bylaws Committee work agenda is smaller this time around.
There are four pieces of possible legislation for our consideration,
although others may arise in the ensuing weeks.
House in Denver defeated the COCBAP3 resolution, and then approved
the C&BL Committee's COCBAP2 Resolution to formalize a mechanism
to obtain comment from each of the three governing bodies on amendments
that might affect them. This has, in effect, already been implemented
in spirit to obtain the EC, AC and HOD views on COCBAP 3 last
year - and it worked wonderfully. This Amendment will encode the
process in the Bylaws, and will be voted on by the Delegates in
Houston in 2002.
EC super-majority vote
2000-2001 year, the C&BL Committee was directed by the House
to investigate requiring the EC to vote by more than a simple
majority if it wishes to either reject or change the rank order
of any candidates presented by the AC. A Resolution of the House
proposing to amend the Bylaws was passed in Denver and will be
a formal resolution for Amendment by the House in Houston in 2002.
Amendment may not be exactly as voted upon in Denver. The Executive
Committee, numbering seven in total, customarily votes without
the chair (the President) casting a ballot unless there is a tie.
Acknowledging that procedure, we are examining a four of six,
rather than five of seven, affirmative vote, although this will
no longer constitute a "super-majority."
No minimum membership
for Division, Section or Region AC representation
EC recently passed a motion proposing the elimination of any numeric
requirement for Division representation on the AC. The Divisions
cannot have additional representation based on membership numbers
and should therefore not be subject to a minimum membership requirement
for voting representation on the AC, either.
C&BL Committee will also consider the merits of a similar
provision for all Sections and Regions. Currently, the Sections
and Regions must have a minimum of 750 members to obtain their
first voting representative, and are permitted additional seats
based on their total membership. The C&BL Committee is considering
eliminating the 750-member requirement for the initial, voting
seat. Since this originally comes from the EC directly, it will
be prepared as an Amendment for vote in Houston in 2002.
Robert's Rules of Order
as AAPG's official parliamentary authority
House of Delegates' professional parliamentarian, Mary Bahde,
has suggested we consider adding an article to the Bylaws to make
Robert's Rules of Order the official parliamentary authority governing
the AAPG's conduct of business. Several cautionary objections
have already been raised.
it has been suggested that if we make some small incorrect move
in our procedures, we may have to redo some work. This is probably
not a concern since, thanks to Mary's help, we already conduct
the House business under Robert's Rules of Order. Second, many
AAPG committees operate somewhat informally -- especially since
much of the work is performed by a myriad of standing- and sub-committees
at a distance through e-mail and teleconferences.
C&BL Committee will examine the current wording of the AAPG's
Constitution & Bylaws to ensure it is clear that Robert's
Rules of Order apply to the official meetings of the Executive
Committee, the Advisory Council and the House of Delegates. Depending
on the outcome of the Committee's review, this could be offered
as a Resolution in Houston and subsequently, if approved, for
a formal vote in 2003.
will be posted on the House Forum and we encourage you all to provide
us with your comments, questions, suggestions and advice. You can
also contact any of the C&BL Committee members directly:
Eynon +1 (403) 531 4375
Ragsdale +1 (713) 780-4393
Heath +1 (970) 375-1997
Schulz +1 (214) 520-2929
In this issue
of Delegates 2001-2002 Short Business Year!
Officers and Committees
of Earth Scientists
-- One Group, One Vote!
YEARS AGO: Rejected! Yes, it really happened!
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