Bylaws and Standing Orders Committee Meeting Minutes

NCSL Legislative Summit
San Antonio, Texas
August 8, 2011

Call to Order

The meeting of the Bylaws and Standing Orders Committee was called to order by Laura Clemens (OH) and George Bishop (VA)


The following members of the committee were present:



Laura Clemens (VA), Chair


Patrick O'Donnell (NE)


Paul Campos (WA), Vice-Chair


Don Richardson (MS)


Judy Barrows (ME)


Sherry Rodriguez


Diane Bell (FL)


Pat Saville (KS)


George Bishop (VA)


Susan Clarke Schaar (VA)


Bo Hoover (WV)


Ron Smith (LA)


John McEnery Garrett (VA)


Patsy Spaw (TX)


Cheryl Laube (AZ)


Alfred Speer (LA)


Suzi Lowell (AK)


Terry Spieler (MO)


Jennifer Mertz (IN)


Karen Wadsworth (NH)


Annette Moore (UT)


Jeannine Wood (ID)

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Cheryl Laube, seconded by Butch Speer the minutes of the last meeting held April 16, 2011, during the ASLCS Spring Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, were approved.

Old Business


New Business

The Executive Committee assigned to the Bylaws and Standing Orders Committee the task of making recommendations to the standing orders regarding the publication of the Professional Journal. The Executive Committee approved the publishing of the Professional Journal only once a year, rather than twice, and established that it be published no later than July 1. This would require a change to 16(E)(2) of the standing orders. The new language would read “The Journal shall have one edition published annually, to be published not later than July 1.”

Discussion centered on the practicality of the July 1 date. Members felt a date of not later than September 1 would be more realistic given the session schedules and the ability of potential authors to devote the time to write an article. It would also more appropriately align to the ASLCS meeting schedule. On motion of George Bishop, seconded by Laura Clemens, the committee unanimously approved the language change, and agreed to recommend to the Executive Committee the later date of September 1 as the publication deadline.


Upon a motion by George Bishop, seconded by Laura Clemens,the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Clemens (OH), Recorder