Governance Committee

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Contents

Proposed Bylaw Changes

Fall 2011 Bylaw Change Election

Winter 2012 Proposed Bylaw Changes

2012 Proposed Membership Structure Changes

Defining Documents

Federation Constitution
Federation Bylaws
Other Federation Documents

Bylaw Changes Approved Jan 2011

Repeal of Bylaw II.2.7: Resolutions may not be made binding on any ESIP if they would lead to specific obligations on that ESIP without its specific agreement. All binding resolutions shall be by unanimous consent of the entire Assembly. If unanimous consent on a particular course of action cannot be achieved, then the Assembly may either explicitly endorse multiple alternatives, or may "demote" the resolution to non-binding status.


Change of Definition of Type 1 ESIP: Category 1 ESIPs shall be primarily distributors of remotely sensed and ground-based data sets, as well as standardized products derived from those data.

changed to:

Category 1 ESIPs shall be primarily stewards of Earth science and related data sets or its supporting information, as well as providers of standardized products derived from those data.

Procedures to Enact Bylaw Changes

Proposing Amendments

VIII.1.1 Any Representative of the Assembly of Representatives may propose an amendment to the Bylaws of the ESIP Federation.

VIII.1.2 Proposals shall be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee prior to any action on the proposed amendment and must be signed by at least three Representatives.

Acting on Proposals

VIII.2.1 The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall review the proposal and render an opinion as to its relationship to the Constitution and existing Bylaws.

VIII.2.2 The Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall announce the proposed amendment and the opinion of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee to the Assembly prior to any action on the amendment by the Assembly.

VIII.2.3 The proposed amendment shall be debated either using electronic means or at a meeting of the Assembly.

VIII.2.4 The vote shall be by secret ballot. If two-thirds or more of the entire Assembly meeting in quorum vote in favor of the proposed amendment, or if two-thirds or more of all Representatives vote in favor of the proposed amendment using electronic means, it shall be adopted.

Procedures to Enact Constitution Changes

Proposing Amendments

IX.1.1 Any Representative of the Assembly may propose an amendment to the Constitution of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners.

IX.1.2 Proposals shall be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee at least sixty days prior to any action on the proposed amendment and must contain endorsement of not less than one-fourth of the representatives of the Assembly.

Acting on Proposals

IX.2.1 The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall review the proposal and render an opinion as to its relationship to the Constitution.

IX.2.2 The Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall circulate the proposed amendment and the opinion of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee to the full membership of the Assembly at least thirty days prior to any action on the amendment by the Assembly.

IX.2.3 The proposed amendment shall be debated at the next meeting of the Assembly.

IX.2.4 The vote shall be by secret ballot. If two-thirds or more of the entire Assembly vote in favor of the proposed amendment, it shall be adopted.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee Members

Rob Raskin, Chair
Brian Wee, Type 1 Rep
Mohan Ramamurthy, Type II Rep
Liping Di, Type III Rep

Calls for Nominations and Ballot Initiative

2012 Nominations and Ballot
2011 Nominations and Ballot Supplemental
2010 Nominations and Ballot
2009 Nominations and Ballot
2007 Nominations and Ballot
October 2006 Constitution and Bylaws Vote
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