2019 Proposed Bylaw Amendment

From the Parliamentary Team

The following document containing a proposed bylaw amendment has been compiled by the PCB Parliamentary Team, based on suggested revisions received from the Golden Triangle Chapter. Please review this proposed amendment, to be presented for approval by the 2019 convention body in Harrisburg.

Current Bylaw:
Article VII: Powers and Duties of the Convention
Section 2. Voting

Official delegates shall be authorized to vote on behalf of chapters and special interest affiliates at annual conventions of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. Each Chapter and each special interest affiliate shall be represented by two (2) delegates. In addition, each member of a chapter or special interest affiliate who is present at the Convention is entitled to one (1) vote, provided he/she has paid membership dues in accordance with these Bylaws on record with the PCB Office for a minimum of thirty (30) days. This popular vote count shall be added to the delegate vote count and shall constitute the total vote for or against any issue. Any business brought before the Convention shall be decided by a majority vote except as otherwise stated in these Bylaws.

Proposed Bylaw:
Article VII: Powers and Duties of the Convention
Section 2. Voting

There are two categories of voting at the Convention: Chapter/Special Interest Affiliate and Individual voting. Only official delegates shall be authorized to cast chapter or affiliate votes at annual conventions of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. The names of the Primary Delegate and the Alternate Delegate for each chapter and affiliate shall be reported to the Secretary prior to the close of the first day of the convention. Should neither the Primary Delegate nor the Alternate Delegate be present to cast the votes, the chapter or affiliate shall forfeit its votes on the current issue. Each chapter and special interest affiliate in good standing is automatically entitled to two (2) votes. An additional vote shall be gained when a chapter’s membership exceeds twenty (20) members, and for every increment of twenty (20) members thereafter. Such vote count shall be based on the chapter membership report filed annually on or before March 15. For example, 8-20 members = 2 votes; 21-40 members = 3 votes; 41-60 members = 4 votes, etc.

Each dues-paid member of PCB who is present at the convention is entitled to one (1) individual vote, provided he/she has been a member on record with the PCB office for a minimum of 30 days prior to the opening of the annual convention. This individual vote count shall be added to the chapter/affiliate vote count and shall constitute the total vote for or against any issue. Any business brought before the Convention shall be decided by a majority vote except as otherwise stated in these Bylaws.

Explanation:
This section changes the number of votes to which each chapter or special interest affiliate is entitled, beginning with a minimum of two, and increasing as its membership increases. One vote is added when the membership exceeds 20, and for each additional 20 members thereafter. Membership is determined based on the number of dues-paid members listed in the chapter’s membership report filed annually on or before March 15. The names of the primary delegate and the alternate delegate for each chapter and affiliate must be reported to the Secretary prior to the close of the first day of the Convention.
End of the 2019 proposed bylaw amendment.

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