AAFP Bringing Proposed Bylaws Revisions Before Congress of Delegates

CoD Will Vote on Updates During Philadelphia Meeting

July 19, 2012 05:50 pm News Staff

The Academy has announced that it is planning on bringing a draft version of proposed AAFP Bylaws revisions to the Congress of Delegates meeting in Philadelphia, Oct. 15-17, for review and approval.

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The AAFP Board Chair appointed the AAFP Task Force on Bylaws Revision in 2009, and according to a letter from AAFP Speaker John Meigs Jr., M.D., of Centreville, Ala., chair of the Task Force on Bylaws Revision, to AAFP members, the group has been working for the past three years to revise the Bylaws to reflect the needs of the Academy.

The task force, which pledged to be transparent in the process, has asked for input from AAFP members along the way. Several drafts of the proposed Bylaws were posted on the AAFP website, and the AAFP held an open forum on the Bylaws during the 2011 Congress of Delegates in Orlando. "All of the feedback and comments received were considered by the task force," said Meigs. "Many of the suggestions were incorporated into the final draft proposal that will be considered by the Congress this October."

According to Meigs, the review and approval process for the proposed Bylaws revisions will follow parliamentary procedure as set out by the American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure. "The proposed Bylaws will have a dedicated reference committee to hear testimony from members and chapter staff who wish to express their thoughts on the proposed revision," said Meigs. "The proposed Bylaws will be considered article by article. The reference committee report will be presented on a consent calendar and can be approved with a single vote." Individual articles, however, can be extracted for further discussion.

The final vote of the Bylaws revisions will require a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

In addition, the task force removed some items from the Bylaws during the review process. According to Meigs, these were "certain procedural details that the task force felt did not rise to the level of a core foundational principle of the AAFP." The task force moved these details to the Standing Rules of the Congress of Delegates.