Amendments to the Society’s Constitution and/or Bylaws

The petition deadline for the SPRING 2018 meeting in New Orleans, LA is November 29, 2017. Here is a PDF of the Guidelines for preparing petitions, which are in the ACS Governing Documents (Bulletin 5) at Also, here is a signatures page for your convenience. Comments on petitions for consideration are due within 30 days after the Council meeting to or to the chair of the committee that was assigned primary responsibility. Contact us at if you have any questions.

Status of ACS Petitions
Petition & Status Committee with Primary

Election of Committee Chairs

PDF - revised petition for action is not yet available.

For action by Council, March 21, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

PDF-Orig-for Consid

Committee on Committees (ConC) This petition proposes that Standing Committees of the Council, Society Committees, Other Joint-Board Council Committees, and Other Committees of the Council would elect their own Chairs by their own voting members, instead of having the Chairs appointed by the President and Chair of the Board. Also amended would be the duties of the Committee on Committees, which would no longer assist and advise in the selection of Chairs of these committees.

Composition of Society Committees


For action by Council, March 21, 2018, in New Orleans, LA

Committee on Committees (ConC) This petition removes the requirement that Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Society Committees be voting Councilors. It also reduces the requirement for the number of voting Councilors on Society Committees from at least two-thirds (2/3) to a majority.

International Chemical Sciences Chapters

Defeated by Council August 23, 2017 in Washington, DC


Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC) An International Chemical Sciences Chapter would be able to receive financial support, which could be granted by the Board of Directors, although this is not specified. The current text of not being entitled to elected representation on the Council has been deleted, which would appear to permit international chapters to elect Councilors, but if this is the case, then Constitution Article VII will need to be amended, too.

Removal of Officers and Councilors

Defeated by Council in San Francisco, April 5, 2017

 PDF | Orig FYI

Council Policy Committee

Chair: Dr. Donna Nelson

Local Sections, Divisions, or five members of Council would be authorized to pettion CPC to remove Councilors, Alternate Councilors, and elected officials of a Local Section or Division for neglect of duties, misconduct, or injurious conduct. The procedures document, which passed by a majority of Council, was contingent on approval of the petition, so this will not take effect -  PDF.

Rights of Affiliates

 Word | PDF | Orig FYI

Passed by Council April 5, 2017; effective upon confirmation by the Board of Directors

Committee on Membership Affairs

Chair: Mr. James M. Landis

Local Sections and Divisions may allow in their bylaws for Local Section Affiliates and Division Affiliates to be nonvoting members of the Executive Committee and to be appointed as committee chairs, and for Society Affilaites to vote for an elective position in the Local Section or Division, but not for Councilor or Alternate Councilor.

Extend the Unemployed Members' Dues Waiver

Word | PDF | Orig FYI

Effective September 28, 2016

Committee on Membership Affairs

Chair: Mr. James M. Landis

Unemployed members of the Society would be allowed to remain as members without paying dues for up to three years, as long as their status is reaffirmed each year.

Member Expulsion

Word | PDF | Orig FYI

Effective January 1, 2016

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 and approved by Council, ensuring quick resolution, fairness, confidentiality, and an opportunity for members to be heard. The procedures document for member expulsion was approved, as amended, by Council: PDF

Preferential Voting

Word | PDF| Orig FYI

Effective January 1, 2016

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 and approved by Council, including any modifications; preferential voting is added to the Bylaws for District Director, with the details included in the procedures document. The procedures document for balloting and preferential voting was approved by Council: PDF

Petition Deadlines

To submit new petitions for consideration by Council:

Petition Submission Deadlines
Deadline Applicable Council Meeting
November 29, 2017 Spring 2018 ACS national meeting in New Orleans, LA, March 21, 2018
May 2, 2018 Fall 2018 ACS national meeting in Boston, MA, August 22, 2018

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: