JC 5-15

MOVED: That the bylaws of the New York Physical Therapy Association, Article VI. Delegate Assembly, Section 2. Composition, D. Rights of Registered Delegates, 1., be amended by adding the words “An individual delegate may be assigned only one additional vote, for a maximum voting strength of 2”, so that it will read: 

  1. Each District Delegate shall have one vote. If all the delegates to which a District is entitled do not attend a meeting of the Assembly, the votes shall be transferred to the remaining members of the delegation who are present. Such transfers may be made only to members of the same category and must be shown on the credentials of the delegates attending. An individual delegate may be assigned only one additional vote, for a maximum voting strength of 2.

RATIONALE:

Under the current system a lone delegate could carry the entire voting strength of his/her entire district, if they were the only member elected to, or qualified to run for the assembly. This allows for the potential of one person to carry a voting strength exceeding 23% of the entire assembly (according to the 2013 apportionment). Allowing for the possibility of one or two members to influence the entire assembly endangers the integrity of the delegate assembly as a voice of the chapter membership. To allow even the possibility of this practice within our by-laws puts the assembly, the chapter and the membership at risk.

Limiting any individual to a maximum voting strength of 2 ensures that even a half full delegation will be allowed to vote at full strength.

CURRENT BYLAW:

D. Rights of Registered Delegates

  1. Each District Delegate shall have one vote. If all the delegates to which a District is entitled do not attend a meeting of the Assembly, the votes shall be transferred to the remaining members of the delegation who are present. Such transfers may be made only to members of the same category and must be shown on the credentials of the delegates attending.