Spring Platform Amendment to our Provisional New Chapter By-Laws Amendment

By DSA Spring Platform Crew

After receiving feedback from delegates and members across the country, we are submitting an amendment to our Provisional New Chapter By-Laws Amendment.

If this amendment is passed along with the entire constitutional amendment, the Standard New Local Constitution would still automatically be used by new chapters. However, rather than being required to wait 6 months to make amendments, chapters may amend their Constitution at any point.

Under this new system, new locals will still be relieved of having to go through the arduous process of developing and/or ratifying a constitution when they are just getting off the ground. But if they are unhappy with the standard constitution, or if they prefer to develop their own, they are free to make changes or ratify a new constitution at any point.

 

Current Language in amendment (only amending section 2):

Section 2. The NPC shall produce a Standard New Local Constitution by which all newly chartered Locals shall operate for at least the first six months of their operation. During those six months, new Locals shall elect leadership in accordance with the New Local Constitution. After six months, the Local’s members may vote to ratify a new Constitution, at which time the Local shall submit to the National Office a file copy of their Constitution (and any subsequent changes therein). Such Constitution shall contain provisions which call for at least two meetings per year of the Local. It shall contain provisions for the making constitutional amendments, wherein all amendments shall require at least a two-thirds vote by the Local’s members. It shall contain provisions for the election of officers of the Local. It shall contain provisions for informing all members of meetings and procedures for the election of officers and delegates to National, Regional and State bodies and of decisions of the Local. Each Local shall submit to the National Office information about the financial status of the Local.

 

Amended language:

Section 2. The NPC shall produce a Standard New Local Constitution by which all newly chartered Locals shall immediately operate. New Locals shall elect leadership in accordance with the New Local Constitution. At their discretion, locals may vote to amend their Constitution or ratify a new Constitution, at which time the Local shall submit to the National Office a file copy of their Constitution (and any subsequent changes therein). Such Constitution shall contain provisions which call for at least two meetings per year of the Local. It shall contain provisions for the making constitutional amendments, wherein all amendments shall require at least a two-thirds vote by the Local’s members. It shall contain provisions for the election of officers of the Local. It shall contain provisions for informing all members of meetings and procedures for the election of officers and delegates to National, Regional and State bodies and of decisions of the Local. Each Local shall submit to the National Office information about the financial status of the Local.