House to Consider Change to Bylaws

A proposed bylaws amendment giving the Executive Committee the authority to expel a member who is found to have falsified stated qualifications in a membership application will be considered at the House of Delegates meeting at the AAPG Annual Convention in San Antonio.

Marty Hewitt, chairman of the HoD, said the proposed bylaws amendment inserts language specifically noting the falsification of qualifications on the application as a cause for expulsion. It also notes that the Executive Committee will make the determination of the falsely stated qualifications.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee chair Paul Hoffman said that Article VI, Section 8 Alternative Procedure of the bylaws presently allows for the expulsion of “any member who pleads guilty to a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or to any felony, or who admits to the violation of any government statute, regulation, rule or code of ethics relating to the practice of geology.”

The proposed amendment would allow the discovery of false statements of qualifications in a membership application to be dealt with under this same provision of the bylaws.

This provision also ensures due process to the member, including the opportunity to present evidence that would prove the accuracy of the original application.

The proposed amendment will require a two-thirds vote of the House and would be effective immediately.

In accordance with AAPG Bylaws requirements, the proposed amendment is currently published on the AAPG Web site and the AAPG membership has been notified of its publication by postal service.

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