The Proposed Amendment
An amendment to the NLPES Bylaws has been proposed. The proposed amendment would delete the last paragraph in Bylaws Article I: Purpose and Membership, as shown below.
Article I: Purpose and Membership
The name of this organization shall be the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES), a professional staff organization of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
The purposes of NLPES are to:
- Advance the fields of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing.
- Enhance professionalism and training in legislative program evaluation and performance auditing.
- Promote the exchange of ideas and information about legislative program evaluation and performance auditing.
- Recognize significant contributions to the fields of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing.
- Identify new issues that affect the practice of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing.
Any individual who meets the following criteria is a member of NLPES:
- Is employed by a member legislature of NCSL to conduct program evaluations or performance audits.
- Is employed by an agency of a member legislature of NCSL and who, as determined by the individual’s employing agency, contributes to the program evaluation or performance audit work of that agency.
- Is employed by an agency whose director is appointed or selected by a member legislature of NCSL and who, as determined by the individual’s employing agency, contributes to the program evaluation or performance audit work of that agency.
Individuals who do not qualify as members, but who seek to advance NLPES's goals, may affiliate with NLPES and participate in its activities. However, such affiliated individuals are not eligible to vote in NLPES elections.
When NLPES was formed in 1975, its membership was open to legislative program evaluation staff. Affiliate language was included to permit attendance by legislative performance or financial auditors at the NLPES Professional Development Seminar.
Over time, NLPES officially expanded its membership to include legislative performance auditors, and the Society also increased the types of services and activities it offered. Through the decades, the affiliate language has been interpreted and applied inconsistently. Now, there is confusion about who qualifies for which NLPES services and activities.
The purpose of the proposed amendment is to more clearly align the membership criteria with the official purposes of NLPES—i.e., to promote, support and strengthen the work of legislative program evaluation and performance audit staff. Adoption of the proposed amendment should reduce varying interpretations about non-legislative staff participation in NLPES activities. NLPES activities that would become member-only services include the executive committee, listserv and awards. Access to “open-to-all” activities—such as the NLPES Professional Development Seminar and the NLPES website—would not be restricted.
As required by NLPES Bylaws Article VIII, the Executive Committee is providing notice of the proposed amendment, and the required 30-day review and comment period commences with this notice on June 6, 2019.
The Executive Committee is asking for feedback from NLPES members on the proposed amendment. Your insights will help the Executive Committee during its deliberations on this proposal.
Please send your comments to NLPES Chair Shunti Taylor via email by the close of business on July 9, 2019.