Petitions

Amendments to the Society’s Constitution and/or Bylaws

The petition deadline for the SPRING 2017 meeting in San Francisco, CA is December 14, 2016. 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. Contact us at bylaws@acs.org if you have any questions.

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

Extend the Unemployed Members' Dues Waiver

Alternate version for ACTION by Council August 24 in Philadelphia:

   Word | PDF | Orig FYI

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.

Removal of Officers and Councilors

   Word | PDF

For consideration by Council August 24 in Philadelphia; for vote by Council April 5 in San Francisco

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. Council will also consider the procedures document: PDF.
Rights of Affiliates

  Word | PDF

For consideration by Council August 24 in Philadelphia; for vote by Council April 5 in San Francisco

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.
     
     

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

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

PDF | Word

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

PDF | Word

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
May 4, 2016 Fall 2016 National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA; August 24, 2016
December 14, 2016 Spring 2017 National Meeting in San Francisco: April 5, 2017

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: