JC 4-15

MOVED: That the bylaws of the New York Physical Therapy Association, Article VI. Delegate Assembly, Section 2. Composition, C. Qualifications, be amended by inserting a new 4.so that it will read:

C. Qualifications.

  1. Only Physical Therapist, Retired Physical Therapist, and Life Physical Therapist members in good standing may serve as Physical Therapist District Delegates.
  2. Only Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist Assistant and Life Physical Therapist Assistant members in good standing may serve as Physical Therapist Assistant District Delegates.
  3. Any individual who is a sitting member of the APTA BOD, is a member of the APTA
    Reference Committee, or is employed by APTA is ineligible to serve as a delegate to the
    NYPTA Delegate Assembly.
  4. No additional qualification criteria may be required by any district.

RATIONALE:
The criteria for which a member may become a delegate to the delegate assembly should be standardized across the state and set by the chapter. A member’s right to become a delegate of the assembly should be ensured by the chapter and not subject to specific requirements of the district. The current practice of permitting districts to set their own criteria allows for the possibility of district leadership to create exclusionary criteria preventing new members from participating in the delegate assembly.

CURRENT BYLAW:

C. Qualifications

  1. Only Physical Therapist, Retired Physical Therapist, and Life Physical Therapist members in good standing may serve as Physical Therapist District Delegates.
  2. Only Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist Assistant and Life Physical Therapist Assistant members in good standing may serve as Physical Therapist Assistant District Delegates.
  3. Any individual who is a sitting member of the APTA BOD, is a member of the APTA Reference Committee, or is employed by APTA is ineligible to serve as a delegate to the NYPTA Delegate Assembly.