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 FALL 2021 meeting in Atlanda, GA is May 5, 2021. 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. For the deadline for  amendments to the Standing Rules, contact Christi Pearson at Contact C&B at 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

Petition to Harmonize Committee Structures, Processes, and Terms


ConC 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


LSAC LSAC proposes changes to its duties as listed in Standing Rule VII.

2022 Schedule of Membership


MAC  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


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


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Withdrawn: PDF

Withdrawn. Spring 2020 Council agenda:  3/25/20 This petition was withdrawn because proposed amendments to the Bylaws were no longer valid after the Petition to Streamline the ACS Governing Documents was approved by Council, the Board, and ACS members who voted on the Constitution changes.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


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.

Affiliation with Other Technical Organizations


Effective 10/10/2018 This petition prosed to add DAC and LSAC to Bylaw XI, Sec. 3, because each committee is charged in Bylaw III, Sec. 3, d, under their respective duties to act for Council, in collaboration with C&B, in approving affiliations with other technical organizations.

Remove Restrictions for International Chemical Sciences Chapters


Effective 10/10/2018 This petition proposed to rename International Chemical Sciences Chapters as International Chapters, and proposed to remove the restrictions to receive an allotment of funds and to be entitled to elected Council representation. It also clarifies that it may assess its members Chapter dues.

Composition of Society Committees


Effective 6/1/2018 This petition removed 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.

Election of Committee Chairs


Defeated by Council 3/21/2018 This petition, which was defeated by Council, proposed that the voting members of each of the Standing Committees of the Council, Society Committees, Other Joint-Board Council Committees, and Other Committees of the Council would elect their own Chairs instead of the Chairs appointed by the President and Chair of the Board. Also, the Committee on Committees would no longer assist and advise in the selection of Chairs of these committees.

International Chemical Sciences Chapters

Defeated: PDF

Defeated by Council 8/23/2017 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 text of not being entitled to elected representation on the Council was deleted, which would appear to permit international chapters to elect Councilors, but if this is the case, then Constitution Article VII would need to be amended, too.

Removal of Officers and Councilors

Defeated: PDF

Defeated by Council 4/5/2017


Local Sections, Divisions, or five members of Council would be authorized to petition CPC to remove Councilors, Alternate Councilors, and elected officials of a Local Section or Division for neglect of duties, etc. The procedures document passed by a majority of Council, but it was contingent on approval of the petition - PDF.
Rights of Affiliates

Effective 6/1/2017
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 Affiliates 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


Effective 9/28/2016
Unemployed members of the Society are allowed to remain as members without paying dues for up to three years, as long as their status is reaffirmed each year.

Member Expulsion


Effective 1/1/2016 Procedures for member expulsions were removed from the Bylaws and put in procedures developed by the Committee on Membership Affairs and approved by Council: PDF

Preferential Voting


Effective 1/1/2016
Preferential voting was added to the Bylaws for District Director. These procedures and others for preferential voting in elections for President-Elect and Director-at-Large were removed from the Bylaws and put in procedures developed by the Committee on Nominations and Elections and approved by Council: PDF


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, Barbara Polansky: