Bylaw Amendment 4 Adopted
To replace language requiring the scheduling of an open hearing on the proposed budget during the Annual Meeting with language permitting the scheduling of such a hearing following Board transmission of the budget to affiliates and others.
Bylaw 11. General Finance
b. The president, with the secretary-treasurer, executive director, and the Committee on Program and Budget, shall prepare the proposed budget for presentation to the Executive Committee for review prior to its transmittal to the Board of Directors. In even-numbered years, the budget shall be recommended to the Board of Directors at least forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting. After reviewing and tentatively approving the budget, the Board shall direct its printing. The budget shall then be transmitted not later than thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting to the presidents of state and local affiliates and to others as determined by the Board of Directors. The Committee on Program and Budget shall hold at least one (1) open hearing on the proposed budget following the transmission of the budget at the Annual Meeting. The delegates may give input and make recommendations to the committee for changes in the proposed budget. The Committee on Program and Budget shall meet following the hearings to consider any change which it may wish to make prior to final action by the Board of Directors. Following such open hearings, the Board shall meet to approve the budget for transmittal to the Representative Assembly.
Bylaw 11-9. requires that the Board of Directors review and tentatively approve the budget, direct its printing, and then transmit the budget to the presidents of state and local affiliates no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting, which takes place the two days prior to the Representative Assembly. The Bylaw also requires scheduling of at least one open hearing on the proposed budget at the Annual Meeting.
If adopted, the amendment would strike language requiring the scheduling of the open hearing during the Annual Meeting, replacing it with language providing flexibility to hold such a hearing at an appropriate time following the transmission of the budget. Thus, the open hearing could be scheduled at any time following Board transmission of the budget to state and local affiliates. This potentially could be a virtual hearing prior to arrival in the Representative Assembly city. The NEA president and Budget Committee would announce the timing of the hearing in advance to ensure that all members wishing to participate have the opportunity to do so.
Eric Brown - IL