Committee on Constitution & Bylaws Petitions

Amendments to the Society’s Constitution or Bylaws

The petition deadline for proposed amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws for the Spring 2022 meeting in San Diego, CA is December 2, 2021. 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. For the deadline for amendments to the Standing Rules, contact Christi Pearson at secretary@acs.org. Contact C&B at bylaws@acs.org if you have any questions.

Amendments to the Standing Rules

See Bylaw XI in the ACS Governing Documents for amendments to the Standing Rules.

Status of ACS Petitions

Petition & Status Committee with Primary
Responsibility OR Status
Description

Petition to Amend the Duties of the Committee on Minority Affairs

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CMA; this petition was approved by Council 8/25/21 and confirmed by the Board 8/28/21. Effective 8/28/21 CMA proposes changes to its duties as listed in Standing Rule VIII.

Petition to Harmonize Committee Structures, Processes, and Terms

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ConC; this petition was approved by Council 3/24/21 and confirmed by the Board 3/26/21. Effective 3/26/21 There are a lot of changes to Standing Rules I-V, VIII, and IX, to change ACS's committee structure, etc.

Petition to Amend the Duties of LSAC

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LSAC; this petition was approved by Council 3/24/21 and confirmed by the Board 3/26/21. Effective 3/26/21 LSAC proposes changes to its duties as listed in Standing Rule VII.

2022 Schedule of Membership

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MAC; the 2022 Schedule of Membership was approved by Council 3/24/21 and confirmed by the Board 3/26/21. Effective 3/26/21 MAC proposes new changes to the Schedule of Membership

Petition to Clarify Amendments to the Standing Rules

PDF: revised version for action

ConC; this petition was approved by Council 8/19/2020 and confirmed by the Board 8/21/2020. Effective 8/21/20 This petition proposes that for any amendment(s) to the Standing Rules, these must be reviewed by the committee responsible for the Governing Documents Function, to ensure consistency with the ACS Governing Documents.

Petition on Benefits and Dues - amended the Standing Rules

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Approved 4/7/20 by CPC acting ad interim for Council and confirmed 4/22/20 by the Board. Effective 4/22/20 The petition moved sections from the Standing Rules to the Schedule of Membership for more flexibility.

2021 Schedule of Membership

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Approved 4/7/20 by CPC acting ad interim for Council and confirmed by the Board 4/22/20. Effective 4/22/20 The Schedule of Membership is a new ACS Governing Document. A lot of text was moved from the Standing Rules.

Petition on Membership and  Dues

Withdrawn: PDF

Withdrawn. Spring 2020 Council agenda:  3/25/20 This petition was withdrawn because proposed amendments to the Bylaws were no longer valid after the Petition to Streamline the ACS Governing Documents was approved by Council, the Board, and ACS members who voted on the Constitution changes. 

Streamline the ACS Governing Documents

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Effective 11/1/2019 This petition, which was approved by Council, confirmed by the Board of Directors, and [Constitution changes] ratified by ACS members, proposed to reorganize the fundamental governing documents of ACS: the Constitution, Bylaws, Standing Rules, and Board Regulations.

Deadlines

FYI: the Society’s Constitution Article XIII and Bylaws X and XI pertain to petitions for changing the Constitution or Bylaws: ACS Governing Documents (ACSGovDocs). The deadline to amend the Constitution or Bylaws is 16 weeks before the Council meeting. See Bylaw XI for Amendments to the Standing Rules.

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 XIII, Sec. 2, f, second paragraph). Standing Rule IV, Sec. 4, e 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 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 XIII, Sec. d and Bylaw X, 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, Amy Yam: