Constitution & By-Laws Amendment Proposals

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Constitution & By-Laws Amendment Proposals

Proposal 2019-01 To Amend Article V (Committees) adding a Section 4.
Section 4. A member shall serve as the Chairperson of only one committee and shall serve on a maximum of two committees.

The adoption of this proposal will have limited impact on the ability of the President in appointment of members to serve as committee Chairs and members as it limits the number of individuals who can be considered for specific appointments.

NOTE: The IAAI Board of Directors neither supports nor opposes IAAI Constitution & By-Laws Amendment Proposal No. 2019-01.

Proposal 2019-02 To Amend Article IX, Section 1, A & B (Amendment Requirements)
Section 1. Requirements. This Constitution may be amended at any regular or special the Annual General Meeting of the Association by a two-thirds majority of the total electronic vote, providing:
  1. The proposed amendment is presented in a form consistent with and without conflict with the remainder of the existing constitution of the Association; and shall be submitted by November 1st prior to the next Annual General Meeting, in a manner prescribed by the C&BL Committee as approved by the Board of Directors.
  2. The proposed amendment is disseminated to the general membership by publication in the Fire & Arson Investigator or on the IAAI website for review at least thirty (30) days preceding the opening of the electronic voting for the Association elections and amendments to the C&BL at the Annual General Meeting procedure for elections next regular or special meeting of the Association.
The adoption of this proposal will have no adverse impact to the existing By-Laws as it codifies into the By-Laws the existing policy adopted by the Board of Directors as related to amendment proposals.

Presenter's Summary of Intent

C&BL 2019-01

The intent of the proposed bylaw change 2019-01 to Article V regarding the makeup of committees, is to provide for greater diversity in the structure of the committees. With the current numbers in membership there should be no reason to have only 1.5 % of members serving on committees. This amendment only limits the selection of the same member to serve on or chair multiple committees, it in no way limits the authority of the President to appoint members to committees. Additionally, involving more members in the committees will expose them to the operations of the association, develop their leadership capabilities as future leaders that are familiar with the inner workings of the association.

C&BL 2019-02
The intent of the proposed bylaw change 2019-02 to Article IX Section 1 parts A and B is to provide clarity and improve the effectiveness of the process regarding amending the association's Constitution & By-Laws (C&BL). This will standardize the process by limiting consideration of amendments only during the annual election as opposed to a meeting at another time. Proposals are to be submitted 30 days prior to the opening of the electronic voting on November 1st, allowing time for review by the C&BL Committee and Board of Directors, and that membership has ample time prior to the ballot being released to review the proposed changes.