Voting Results at NIEA

NIEA is a member driven organization. NIEA members at the 2016 NIEA Convention and Trade Show will have the opportunity to vote on three major issues; NIEA Resolutions, NIEA Boad of Director positions, and proposed amendments to the NIEA By Laws- the governing document of NIEA.

To learn more about theses voting opportunities, please review the information below.

2016 Passed Resolutions

NIEA membership voted on eight resolutions via ballot at the 2016 Convention.

To view the resolutions, please click here.

Adopted Changes to the NIEA By Laws

The proposals were submitted in a manner consistent with all requirements of Article XI, of the Constitution and Bylaws (“Amendments”).

Each amendment was voted upon separately and each was passed according to the amendment which required a two-thirds vote of the Voting Members. Voting was conducted in person at the 2016 Convention.

The full text of NIEA’s Constitution and Bylaws can be found at NIEA.org.

The language that has been added is italicized. Language that has been stricken is indicated by strikethrough.

Amendment #1

Article IV- Board of Directors, A, 12, proposes to strike the word “third”.

Article IV – Board of Directors

A – Election Procedures

  1. The election results will be announced during at the Third General Assembly at each convention.

Rationale: The Election Procedures ensure that extensive and timely information on all candidates and elections for the Board is readily available to members. The requirement that the election results be held during the Third General Assembly appears to be legacy language from the origination of the organization and is unnecessarily restrictive. This requirement hampers NIEA in the complex process of scheduling the General Assembly in coordination with the numerous professional development activities that are now a central component of the convention.  There is no need to limit the announcement of election results to the third General Assembly, but there would be an important gain in flexibility if NIEA had the authority to announce the results at any General Assembly once the election has been completed.

The current requirement is an undue and unnecessary burden on the organization.

Amendment #2

Article IV- Board of Directors, A, 13, proposes to strike the word “fourth” and replace with “closing”.

Article IV – Board of Directors

A – Election Procedures

  1. Board members elected shall be sworn in at the Closing Fourth General Assembly and assume official duties at the first NIEA Board of Directors meeting following NIEA convention at which they were elected.

Rationale: The Election Procedures ensure that extensive and timely information on all candidates and elections for the Board is readily available to members. The requirement that the newly elected Board members be sworn in at the fourth general assembly appears to be legacy language from the origination of the organization and is unnecessarily restrictive. This requirement hampers NIEA in the complex process of scheduling the General Assembly in coordination with the numerous professional development activities that are now a central component of the convention.  The number of general assemblies can and has changed over the years.  There is no reason to confine the swearing in to the Fourth General Assembly; rather, it makes sense to simply provide that the swearing in will occur at the Closing General Assembly, no matter what number it may be.

The current requirement is an undue and unnecessary burden on the organization.

Amendment #3

Article IX- Annual Convention, A, proposes to strike the phrase “at least five (5) years prior to the date of that convention to be considered”.

Article IX – Annual Convention

A – Convention Site

The site of the annual NIEA convention will be selected by vote of the NIEA membership, at least five (5) years prior to the date of that convention to be considered, from bid proposals submitted to the NIEA Board of Directors.

Rationale: The current language in this section requires that NIEA select the convention location options for membership voting at least five years out. This length of time compromises the ability of the organization to negotiate the best contracts for room rates for membership.  There is no need to mandate that the convention site must be selected that far in advance; but there would be an important gain in flexibility that would translate in cost savings if NIEA could determine convention locations closer in time.

The current requirement is an undue and unnecessary burden on the organization.

Amendment #4

Article X – Resolutions, B, proposes to increase the deadline of submission from 15 days to 60 days.

Article X – Resolutions

A – Submissions

All proposed resolutions shall be submitted by NIEA members in good standing during the year or before the annual convention with a deadline of at least fifteen (15) 60 days prior to the beginning of the next annual convention.

Rationale: The current deadline prevents NIEA from meaningfully engaging our partner organizations on the vetting and review of resolutions prior to voting at our annual conventions. Depending on the topic of each resolution, NIEA will invite feedback from the appropriate partner organization because our partners are the true experts in different content areas. Moreover, establishing an earlier resolution submission deadline, NIEA expects to receive greater membership input since members will have an extended time to review resolutions prior to the annual convention. Currently, only a handful of members participate in the resolution process, which is why NIEA is proposing changes to the submission timeframe to ensure an inclusive process.

The current requirement does not allow for sufficient time to engage partners for feedback.