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Pacifica National Board approved on July 9, 2015 the following timeline for the second ballot in 2015 of proposed bylaws amendments to the Pacifica Bylaws:


  • July 31: Proposed bylaws amendments for this ballot are to be submitted to: secretary @ pacifica.org (close spaces to send email) and will be posted to pacifica.org on this date by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

    Note the following:
    • In order to ensure that any proposed bylaws amendments that are submitted are readable on the website, we request that you submit them by July 28, 11:59 PM ET;
    • See more below under "OTHER INFORMATION" on who can submit proposed bylaws amendments, formatting requests, and how proposed bylaws amendments are passed.
  • July 31 — September 14: On-air announcements about the proposed bylaws amendments posted to the pacifica.org website are to be broadcast on all five radio stations three times a day - twice between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM local time and once between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
  • Approved bylaws amendments: Based on the current bylaws, within 15 days of approval of any of the proposed bylaws amendments via the entire process (see "How proposed bylaws amendments are approved" below), those new bylaws amendments will be posted to the pacifica.org website and the bylaws themselves will be updated to include them.


    How bylaws amendments may be proposed
    • by 6 directors, or
    • by 2 LSBs by majority, or
    • by 1% of the Pacifica membership (see http://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art17sec1.html for details).
    How to format proposed bylaws amendments
    We request that proposed bylaws amendments be sent to secretary @ pacifica.org (close spaces to send email) as .doc files (not as .docx files) and include the following:
    1. A title for the proposed bylaws amendment;
    2. The existing bylaws language and its current citation(s);
    3. The proposed new bylaws language and (all) affected bylaws section(s), with changes made obvious by using strike-throughs, italics, capitalization or bold, etc.;
    4. A brief, clear rationale for the proposed change(s);
    5. The name of the proposer(s);
    6. Signatories to the proposed bylaws amendment.

    How proposed bylaws amendments are approved
    For most amendments to be approved, they must pass the Pacifica National Board by a majority of its membership, and then be passed by a majority of delegates at each of 3 of the 5 stations. Particular types of bylaws amendments also require approval by the members via written ballot, and some bylaws amendments may be approved directly by the members even if the boards do not approve them.

    For more on amending the bylaws, see Article 17 of the Pacifica Bylaws, the most current version of which is here.

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