Members defeat three proposed bylaws amendments

The defeated amendments involved APA Council seats for ethnic-minority psychology associations, presidential candidates and the composition of the Board of Education Affairs.

APA members voted to defeat several bylaws amendments that would have altered the number of seats on APA's Council of Representatives and Board of Education Affairs, as well as the eligibility to run for APA president. APA sent the bylaws amendments ballot with the 2012 apportionment ballot for legislative year 2014 to all eligible voters on Nov. 1, 2012. All bylaws amendments require a two-thirds vote.

For the proposed amendments to seat the four national ethnic minority psychological associations on the Council of Representatives, the results were 57 percent (4,608 votes) to approve the amendments, while 43 percent (3,466 votes) did not approve.

For the proposed amendments to modify the composition of the Board of Educational Affairs, the results were 66 percent (5,164 votes) to approve the amendments, while 34 percent (2,712 votes) did not approve.

For the proposed amendments for the eligibility of former APA presidents to run again for APA president, the results were 61 percent (4,873 votes) to approve the amendments, while 39 percent (3,120 votes) did not approve.

An article in the October Monitor on Psychology summarized the proposed changes.