12 Constitution & Bylaws amendments to be voted on at Annual Business Meeting

NCRA members will have the opportunity to vote on twelve amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws during the Annual Business Meeting on Aug. 2. The proposed bylaws amendments are available through NCRA’s website. The amendments range from minor, including cleaning up some repetitive language, to more substantial, such as streamlining the voting procedures for amendments and elections. In addition, one amendment proposes changing NCRA’s name to National Captioners and Reporters Association to be inclusive of the captioning profession.

NumberNameBenefitAdditional Information
1Voting for Officers and Board of DirectorsIncreases the voting window for elections to 24 hoursArticle
2Voting on Bylaws AmendmentsIncreases the voting window on Bylaws amendments to 24 hoursArticle
3Clarification of electoral processAttaches the preparation of the slate of nominees to the election process instead of the conventionArticle
4Elections when more than two candidates are running for the same positionAllows Voting Members to choose from among all duly nominated candidatesArticle
5Number of Directors on the BoardSupports financial integrity of the Association and creates more efficiencies
6Clarification of the timing of terms of officeTies the timing of the office to the Annual Business Meeting
7Elimination of requirement to include a consumer or public member as part of the Council of the Academy of Court Reporters (CAPR)Removes a requirement to have a public member on CAPR
8Clarification of electronic mail votingSimplifies the language
9Removal of reference to electronic voting in a business meetingSimplifies the language
10Definition of Voting MembersSimplifies the language, as all Voting Members vote by electronic means
11Name changeBetter reflects the current and future status of the professionArticle
12Meeting referenceEstablishes Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised as the parliamentary authority for all NCRA business meetings

The Constitution & Bylaws permits all eligible NCRA voting members to vote through electronic means on Bylaws amendments and contested Board of Directors elections. Members who are eligible to vote will be able to sign in to the secure website and vote through a private, secure link during the 12-hour voting period, which should open within two hours of the end of the Annual Business Meeting. Members who are interested in voting must have an active email address on file in NCRA’s membership database.

Members attending the Annual Business Meeting will also be voting on new members of the Board.

The Annual Business Meeting will take place at 8:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 2. The Annual Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with NCRA’s Convention & Expo in New Orleans, La. Eligible voting members will check in and receive a ballot and information starting at 8 a.m.