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APA's Council of Representatives has approved amendments to the association's bylaws that members will vote on this fall.

APA will send the ballot to the membership with the Apportionment Ballot in early November.

Below are the proposed bylaws amendments; bracketed text is to be deleted and underlined text is to be added.

SEATING THE FOUR NATIONAL ETHNIC MINORITY PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS ON COUNCIL

Article V. Composition of the Council of Representatives

Council voted to approve the proposed bylaws change by a vote of 127 for, 24 against and 3 abstentions. As per the Association's bylaws, because an amendment to the bylaws is required to implement this change, the full membership will need to approve the amendment. An amendments ballot will be sent to all voting members this fall accompanied by a pro/con statement. The APA bylaws require that a pro/con statement be included in the ballot document unless two-thirds of Council votes not to include one.

1. Council shall be composed of Representatives of Divisions, Representatives of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations, members of the Board of Directors, the Officers of the Association (the chief staff officer shall serve without vote), [and] the APAGS Representative and one Representative from each National Ethnic Minority Psychological Association (the Asian American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, the National Latina/o Psychological Association, and the Society of Indian Psychologists).

5. Council Representatives of a Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association shall be members of the Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association, and Members of the American Psychological Association, and shall be elected for a period not to exceed three years. If during that three-year period the Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association is allocated fewer seats, the Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Association shall recall the appropriate number of Representatives. The term of office of the recalled member is thereby terminated. Council members from the National Ethnic Minority Associations shall be members of their respective constituencies and members of the American Psychological Association and shall be selected for a period not to exceed three years.

6. Each APA Fellow, Member, and voting Associate member shall choose the Division(s) or State/Provincial/Territorial Association(s) through which he/she elected to have his/her interest represented on Council by allocating, at the time of the annual dues statement, a total of ten (10) votes to the Division(s) and/or State/Provincial/Territorial Association(s) through which he/she wishes to be represented the following year. However, only Fellows, Members (or voting Associate members) of the Divisions or State/Provincial/Territorial Associations so designated will be allowed to [nominate and] elect their Council Representatives. The Representatives of each of the National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations shall be designated by their respective Association.

8. A Council member who has served for six consecutive years shall not be eligible for election or appointment for a period of one year as a Representative from any Division, State/ Provincial/Territorial Association, or [coalition] National Ethnic Minority Psychological Association.

ARTICLE XVI. NATIONAL ETHNIC MINORITY PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS

1. As provided in Article V.1, the Asian American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, National Latina/o Psychological Association, and the Society of Indian Psychologists shall each have one voting representative serving on the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association.

2. Each of these National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations shall exercise such control over its members so that membership in such Association shall not imply membership in the American Psychological Association.

3. The American Psychological Association shall not be responsible for the acts or omissions of these National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations, except as specifically authorized by these Bylaws or other duly promulgated rule of Council.

Note: Subsequent articles to the Bylaws will be renumbered.

Explanation: Note that adding these seats would be outside the regular Council representation apportionment process; no current or future division or state/provincial/territorial associations would be at risk for losing their seat(s) due to the addition of these new seats.

MODIFYING THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS (BEA)

Article XI: Boards and Committees

Council voted to approve the proposed bylaws change by a vote of 147 for, 4 against and 0 abstentions. As per the Association's bylaws, because an amendment to the bylaws is required to implement this change, the full membership will need to approve the amendment. An amendments ballot will be sent to all voting members this fall accompanied by a pro/con statement. The APA bylaws require that a pro/con statement be included in the ballot document unless two-thirds of Council votes not to include one.

9. The Board of Educational Affairs shall consist of not fewer than twelve persons, eleven of who must be Members of the Association, [who] while the twelfth may be a Member of the Association or an APA Teacher Affiliate member. The members shall serve for terms of not less than three years. It shall have general concern for all educational and training affairs which transcend more than one Division or group of psychologists. Members of the Board of Educational Affairs shall be selected to represent the range of interests characteristic of psychology in all its aspects.

ELIGIBILITY OF FORMER PRESIDENTS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

Article VIII: Officers

Council voted to approve the proposed bylaws change by a vote of 104 for, 54 against and 0 abstentions. As per the Association's bylaws, because an amendment to the bylaws is required to implement this change, the full membership will need to approve the amendment. An amendments ballot will be sent to all voting members this fall accompanied by a pro/con statement. The APA bylaws require that a pro/con statement be included in the ballot document unless two-thirds of Council votes not to include one.

6. The Past President shall be the most recently retired President and shall chair the Election Committee. [The Past President] A member who has served as President shall not be eligible to appear as a candidate on the President-elect election ballot [.] nor serve as President-elect for a period of ten years beginning immediately after the Past Presidential year.