National Legislative Program Evaluation Society Bylaws
ARTICLE I: Purpose and Membership
The name of this organization shall be the National Legislative
Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The NLPES staff section is part of the legislative staff division of NCSL. The purposes of NLPES are:
1. to advance the art and science of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing;
2. to enhance professionalism and training in legislative program evaluation and performance auditing;
3. to promote the exchange of ideas and information about legislative program evaluation and performance auditing;
4. to recognize significant contributions to the art and science of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing; and,
5. to identify new issues that affect the practice of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing.
Any person employed by a member legislature of NCSL to conduct program evaluations and/or performance audits is a member of the Society. In addition, any person employed by a legislative agency providing program evaluation and/or performance audit services to a member Legislature of NCSL is a member of the Society. Persons who are not eligible for membership but who seek to advance the achievement of NLPES purposes may affiliate with NLPES and participate in its activities. Such affiliated persons shall not vote in NLPES elections.
ARTICLE II: Meeting of Members
The Society shall meet annually in conjunction with the annual meeting of NCSL. Notice for the annual meeting shall be provided to all members at least 30 days in advance of the annual meeting through the Society's usual means of communication-i.e., newsletter and website.
ARTICLE III: Executive Committee
The NLPES executive committee shall be composed of 12 members, eleven elected members and the immediate past chair, who shall be a non-voting member of the committee except in cases of tie votes. (Should the immediate past chair be re-elected to the executive committee by vote, the individual shall then be a voting member and the immediate past chair's position shall be vacant.) Elected members shall serve for a period of three years and shall be eligible for re-election. The committee shall provide for its own organization and rules of operation and shall elect its officers.
Amended July 22, 2008; amended September 25, 2009
ARTICLE IV: Meetings of the Executive Committee
The executive committee shall meet at least three times each year at such time or place as may be designated by the chair. The executive committee may hold other meetings at the call of the chair. A quorum for the transaction of official business shall consist of a majority of the members of the executive committee and shall include at least one officer.
ARTICLE V: Officers
The officers of the Society shall be a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary, and an immediate past chair. With the exception of the immediate past chair, the officers shall be elected by the executive committee at its first meeting following the Society's annual meeting. All officers shall serve for terms of one year. The vice-chair shall automatically succeed the following year to the office of chair. Each officer shall take office immediately upon election and shall serve through the next following annual meeting. In the event the chair is unable to preside at any meeting, the vice-chair, then the secretary shall preside. In the case of a vacancy in the office of chair, vice-chair, or secretary, the executive committee shall elect a person to fill the vacancy for the balance of the term. However, if the vacancy is in the position of vice-chair, the person elected to fill the remaining term of the vice-chair may elect not to automatically become chair in the ensuing year.
Last amended in 2012