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June 29, 1999

Successful Petition Drive Ensures Mail Ballot for Vote on Bylaws Revisions

June 2, 1999 -- AALL has received petitions signed by 305 members requesting that the proposed vote on AALL's Bylaws Revisions be conducted by a ballot mailed to the entire membership. This exceeds the number of signatures necessary (233, defined as "5% or more of the Association members eligible to vote") to meet the requirement for a mail ballot. Approval of the proposed revisions, which were published in AALL Spectrum (April 1999), will require a simple majority of votes cast in the mail ballot.

Prior to the mail ballot, the proposed Bylaws Revisions will be placed on the agenda and discussed at the first session of the 1999 AALL Business Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, July 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. President Jim Heller's agenda allows forty minutes for discussion of the revisions, however members may move to extend discussion beyond the time scheduled if there is sufficient interest and if two-thirds of the members present agree.

The Bylaws Revisions will be discussed in the same way AALL customarily handles proposed Bylaws amendments at the Business Meeting -- namely, members will have the opportunity to discuss the revisions, to propose changes in the language or intent of the revisions, and to take formal action on substitute language. Proposed substitutions from the floor at the Business Meeting will be limited to those areas of the Bylaws already selected for revision; discussion of other areas of the Bylaws will be ruled out of order.

At the conclusion of discussion and following any actions taken on substitutions or amendments at the Business Meeting the President will authorize the mail ballot. Ballots are tentatively scheduled to be sent out on Monday, September 20, 1999, with a deadline of Friday, October 22, 1999, for return to AALL Headquarters. The ballots will then be tabulated on Monday, October 25, 1999. Members will be informed immediately by broadcast e-mail after the results have been certified.

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