Proposed Editorial Revisions of the TASSP Constitution

 

Background Information: During Charlie Jehlen’s TASSP presidency (2015-2016), the TASSP Legislative Committee met several times to review the TASSP Constitution and recommend changes. The committee recommended editorial revisions to more accurately reflect current times, particularly the use of electronic communication. Those recommendations and edits were completed in October 2016, and on January 17, 2017, the TASSP Board of Directors approved the changes.

Requirements for TASSP Constitutional Changes: As outlined in Article XI of the TASSP Constitution, the TASSP membership must have 30-days to review proposed changes to the Constitution. The Constitution may be amended by two-thirds vote of those present and voting at any regularly and legally convened meeting of the Association. The proposed changes will be voted on at the annual TASSP business meeting during the TASSP Summer Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, June 15, 2017.


Proposed Changes to the TASSP Constitution:

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Highlights of Proposed Changes:

  • Article II, Section 1; Section 3 (3,5); Section 4(a,b,c) – Change verbiage of “problems” to “challenges”. Multiple locations as noted. Justification – A more professional, collaborative vocabulary change.
  • Article II, Section4(c) – Insert “through various media formats” after “members” to read: “By publishing and distributing to its members, through various media formats, information which appears in articles, news items, comments, and other publications, dealing generally with the same “challenges” set out in subsection (a) above. Justification – To account for the updates in technology and increased communication through electronic means.
  • Article III, Section 12 – “Adequate notice of all meetings shall be given to all members. Notice must be in electronic or written form and sent at such time that members shall receive the notice not less than 10 nor more than 60 days prior to such meeting. In case of a special meeting, the notice must state the purpose for which the meeting is called.” Justification – To account for the updates in technology and increased communication through electronic means. This might be something the board needs to decide in regards to whether electronic communication still satisfies legality of notice.
  • Article IV, Section 8 – “All members of the Board shall be given electronic or written notice at least 10 days prior to each meeting of the Board of Directors. In the case of a special meeting, the notice must state the purpose for which the meeting is called.” Justification – To account for the updates in technology and increased communication through electronic means. This might be something the board needs to decide in regards to whether electronic communication still satisfies legality of notice.
  • Article IV, Sections 10, 11; Article V, Section 4; Article VII, Section 3; Article IX, Section 6 – Multiple instances of gender specific verbiage “he” and “his.” Justification – To eliminate gender specific verbiage. 
  • Article VIII, Section 2 – Expenditures from funds of the Association shall be made only for purposes authorized by the Board of Directors. All expenditures shall be made by check or draft (or through electronic fund capabilities) which must be signed in the manner authorized by the Board of Directors. No check or draft shall be signed in blank, but each check and draft (or electronic fund) shall name the person, firm or corporation to whom said check or draft is payable and shall state thereon briefly the purpose of such expenditure. Justification –This might be something the board needs to determine what is appropriate given the advances in electronic banking.

If you have questions regarding the proposed changes, please contact Brent Jaco at jaco@tassp.org or 512-443-2100, ext. 8505.