NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO PAC BYLAWS April 3, 2012
This serves as notice of proposed bylaws amendments to the CREPAC, (and CREIEC, CREPAC/federal) and IMPAC bylaws to be voted on by the directors at its upcoming May 4-5, 2012, directors’ meetings at the Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Hotels and Convention Center in Sacramento, California.
In December 2011, two different sets of proposed amendments to the various PAC bylaws were noticed for consideration. However, the motions were not presented in order to facilitate a reconciliation of the various proposals. To that end, the C.A.R. Leadership appointed Robert Bailey to chair a PAC Bylaws Reconciliation Task Force which considered the recommendations from both the Political Affairs Task Force and the PACs. Both groups were represented and the Task Force included REALTORS® that were not previously involved in either group.
As a result of this group’s efforts, the following recommendations are included in the proposed bylaws amendments:
Increasing the number of Trustees. In light of the REALTOR® Action Assessment, which greatly broadens participation in the PACs to almost every member, the Task Force recommends an increase in the number of voting PAC Trustees from 15 to 21.
Alternate Trustees. The practice had been to have nine alternates selected in the event of a vacancy in a PAC. They currently participate by attending PAC meetings and discussing issues but do not vote. The proposal recognizes this role by a new term “Alternate Trustee” which is still non-voting but requires these Alternate Trustees to have all the duties and qualifications as voting Trustees except the right to vote, inclusion in quorum count, and a one year term instead of the two years proposed in these amendments (see Term of Office below).
Association Executive. As before, one of the 21 voting Trustee positions is set aside for a qualified Association Executive. However, if no AE is not qualified and available to serve, this may be filled with a qualified REALTOR®. Given the reduction of the number of alternates from nine to six Alternate Trustees, there is no designated Alternate Trustee for an Association Executive, but an AE is not precluded from being selected as an Alternate Trustee.
Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee remains essentially the same except that the Immediate Past C.A.R. President serves on that Committee instead of the current C.A.R. President. In addition, the proposed bylaws reinforce that no person running for office may serve on or help select the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee Chair remains the PAC’s chair but a succession plan is put in place in the event that person is not available to serve.
Term of Office. The current three-year terms for voting Trustees are reduced to two-year terms. Voting Trustees may not serve more than one consecutive term (four years straight) unless they are not a voting Trustee on that PAC for at least 24 months. With the exception of the required gap between service after two consecutive terms, persons who have previously been Trustees may now run for Trustee as the lifetime term limit of six years is removed. Partial terms are considered a “Complete Term” if the person serves more than 12 months.
Removal as Trustee or PAC Leadership. Trustees may be removed by a majority vote of the C.A.R. Officers (President, President-elect and Treasurer) upon consultation with the PAC leadership. No consultation is required if the PAC leadership itself is being removed.
Housekeeping. A number of changes in the bylaws are proposed such as updating terminology (Political Survival is now called REALTOR® Action Fund, and BORPAC to LCRC, for example), making the document gender neutral (Chair instead of Chairman), accurately reflecting the current practice of open nominations by eliminating the reference to region submissions, etc.
Four PAC Bylaws. Changes to CREPAC Bylaws are made in parallel to the CREIEC and CREPAC/federal bylaws, as they are separate PACs. The proposal also makes parallel changes to the IMPAC bylaws. All of the changes are shown with deletions shown stricken and additions underlined. However, the changes are comparable in all of the bylaws.
Below please find links to the redlined proposed changes to the bylaws (CREIEC and CREPAC/Federal bylaws proposals are the same as the CREPAC Bylaws proposals and are available upon request).