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Mark A. Boyer posted on July 21, 2015 07:33

As you will recall, at the ISA Governing Council in New Orleans 2015, the Governing Council approved a proposal to amend the ISA Constitution that would change the requirement on the number of signatures needed to establish a new Section. Instead of having a fixed number of signatures (100 signatures), the proposal would require a percentage (3.5%) of ISA members’ signatures. The proposed amendment passed by a large majority of ISA members voting with the numbers below.

Under Article IV, section B, the former language read as follows:

Sections may be established upon petition of 100 or more ISA members to the Governing Council via the Executive Director. The petition shall include a statement of purpose, organization and activities. Sections may establish their own dues. The Executive Office will disburse the funds to the activities of Sections.

The new language under Article IV, section B is:

Sections may be established upon petition of 3.5 percent or more of ISA members to the Governing Council via the Executive Director. The petition shall include a statement of purpose, organization and activities. Sections may establish their own dues. The Executive Office will disburse the funds to the activities of Sections.

The results from the ballot are:

Yes (support for the amended language): 73.16% (n=368)

No  (opposed to the amended language): 26.84% (n=135)
Response rate:  7.58% of ISA membership

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