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Division bylaw changes

The Student Representative is now an elected (instead of appointed) position and the Senior Student-Representative as a voting member of the Executive Committee

Division 47 recently held a vote to change their bylaws. There were two items on the ballot and both items have been approved. The vote counts are below. The bylaws say a 2/3 majority of those voting, and this requirement has been met for each.

1. Amend Article V, Section 1 to make the Student Representative an elected (instead of appointed) position.

Approve — 82 votes (96%)
Disapprove — 3 votes
Total 85

2. Amend Article V, Section 2 to add the Senior Student-Representative as a voting member of the Executive Committee.

Approve — 73 votes (86%)
Disapprove — 12 votes
Total 85

The updated bylaws related to these two changes are as follows:

Bylaws

5th Revision Effective January 3, 2012

Article V. Executive Committee

Section 1
The voting members of the Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the President-elect, the Secretary Treasurer, the immediate past President, two Members-at-Large, the Division Representative(s) to the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association, the (senior) Student Representative, and the representative elected by voting members of each section. All members of the Executive Committee shall be Members or Fellows of the Division. Persons appointed to other Division positions, such as the Program Chair and Newsletter Editor, shall be involved in all Executive Committee activities and shall attend Executive Committee meetings at the discretion of the President. They shall not be voting members of the Executive Committee.

Section 2
Terms of office for the Members-at-Large, Section Representatives, Council Representative, and Student Representatives shall be:

a) Members-at-Large shall be elected for two-year, staggered terms (a Senior and Junior Member-at-Large). In the event that a member-at-large shall be unable to serve a full term for any reason, the president, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall appoint another individual to complete the unexpired term.

b) Section Representatives shall be elected for two year terms.

c) Representative (s) to the APA Council shall serve for the period of their term on Council, hich period shall be determined according to the APA Bylaws.

d) Student representatives shall be elected to two year, staggered terms (a Senior and Junior tudent-Representative). In the vent that a student representative shall be unable to serve a full term for any reason, the resident, with the approval of he Executive Committee, shall appoint another individual to complete the unexpired term.