Petitions

Amendments to the Society’s Constitution and/or Bylaws

Please see the following information regarding petitions. Note: the petition deadline for the FALL 2015 meeting in Boston is April 29, 2015 and for the SPRING 2016 meeting in San Diego is November 25, 2015. Guidelines for preparing petitions are in the ACS Governing Documents (Bulletin 5) at www.acs.org/bulletin5. Comments on petitions for consideration are due within 30 days after the Council meeting to bylaws@acs.org or to the chair of the committee that was assigned primary responsibility. Note that there are no petitions for Action at the ACS Council meeting in Denver.

Status of ACS Petitions
Petition & Status Committee with Primary
Responsibility
Description

Member Expulsion

Word | PDF

For consideration by Council in Denver, March 25, 2015

Committee on Membership Affairs

Chair: Mr. James M. Landis

The details of procedures for considering member expulsions would be removed from the Bylaws and included in procedures developed by the Committee on Membership Affairs, ensuring quick resolution, fairness, confidentiality, and an opportunity for members to be heard.

Preferential Voting

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For consideration by Council in Denver, March 25, 2015

Committee on Nominations and Elections

Chair: Mr. D. Richard Cobb

The details of preferential voting in elections for President-Elect and Director-at-Large are removed from the Bylaws and included in procedures developed by the Committee on Nominations and Elections; preferential voting is added to the Bylaws for District Director, with the details included in the procedures document. Council would approve the procedures.

Amend National Election Procedures

PDF | Word

Defeated by Council in New Orleans, April 10, 2013

Committee on Nominations and Elections

Chair: Dr. W. H. (Jack) Breazeale Jr.

N&E would be charged to find two candidates for President-Elect. As is done now, others may be nominated by members by petition. Procedures for preferential balloting remain unchanged.

Candidate Comment in C&EN

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Defeated by Council in Philadelphia, August 22, 2012

Committee on Nominations and Elections

Chair: Dr. W. H. (Jack) Breazeale Jr.

Candidates for election to the Board of Directors may not publish an ACS Comment in C&EN six months before election ballots are mailed, as this might give an unfair advantage to someone who is currently an ACS official.

International Chemical Sciences Chapters Funds

PDF | Word

Defeated by Council in Philadelphia, August 22, 2012

Committee on Membership Affairs

Chair: Dr. Wayne E. Jones Jr.

The Board of Directors may allocate funds to an International Chemical Sciences Chapter for a specific SOCIETY activity that is deemed necessary for carrying out that activity effectively.

Amend Recorded Vote Request Procedure

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EFFECTIVE June 1, 2012. Approved by Council March 28 in San Diego, and confirmed June 1 by the Board of Directors

Council Policy Committee

Chair: Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

This petition concerns clicker votes and when a recorded vote can be requested.

Market Data Collection

PDF | Word

EFFECTIVE June 1, 2012. Approved by Council March 28 in San Diego, and confirmed June 1 by the Board of Directors

Committee on Membership Affairs

Chair: Dr. Wayne E. Jones Jr.

This petition allows for controlled market testing before the SOCIETY changes benefits, dues, or membership categories.

Petition Deadlines

To submit new petitions for consideration by Council:

Petition Submission Deadlines
Deadline Applicable Council Meeting
April 29, 2015 Fall 2015 National Meeting in Boston, MA: August 19, 2015
November 25, 2014 Spring 2016 National Meeting in San Diego, CA: March 16, 2016
May 5, 2016 Fall 2016 National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA; August 24, 2016

FYI: the Society’s Constitution Articles XVII and XVIII and Bylaw XIV pertain to petitions for changing the ACS Governing Documents (Bulletin 5).

Council-approved amendments to the Society’s Constitution "shall be submitted to the membership for vote at the time of the next SOCIETY election...." (Article XVIII, Sec. 2, f, second paragraph). Bylaw V, Section 2, d, establishes the deadline of the next election as being "on or before October 10...."

Deadline for Official Comments on Petitions

“Within 30 days after the Council meeting at which a petition to amend the Constitution and/or Bylaws has been presented for consideration, opponents of the proposed petition may submit written arguments to the chair of the committee which has been assigned primary substantive responsibility; the chair shall prepare summaries of these arguments and of any rebuttals by proponents, for inclusion, in association with the proposed amendment, in the agenda of the Council meeting at which action is to be taken....” (ACS Governing Documents, Constitution Article XVIII, Sec. 2, d)

Contact C&B

For questions or comments about petitions or the petition process, contact the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws Staff Liaison, Barbara Polansky: