2021 Bylaw Change


About the Proposed Amendment to the ASBA Bylaws

The proposed amendment to Article V, Section 2(B) – Officers and Board of Directors and Executive Committee would create a seat on the ASBA Board of Directors so that Hispanic and Native American interests can be represented simultaneously on the board. Currently, there is one seat on the ASBA Board of Directors designated for a representative of the HNAIC and it alternates every two years between Hispanic representation and Native American representation, creating gaps in representation. By contrast, the Black Alliance has a seat on the ASBA Board of Directors, ensuring representation on the board at all times. This proposed bylaw change also provides the flexibility for the HNAIC to split into two distinct groups in the future if its members so choose and allows those groups to change their names and be recognized under the new names. This amendment is being sought by the Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus (HNAIC). The ASBA Board of Directors recommends a YES vote on the proposed amendment.

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Important Information for Your Board’s Review and Consideration

Rules and Procedures for Voting on the Bylaw Amendment Proposal 

The following rules are set forth in the ASBA bylaws:  

  • Each ASBA member district board is entitled to one vote on the proposed amendment.  
  • The vote must be submitted using the official online form. 
  • The decision/vote must be an official governing board action. 
  • An affirmative vote of two-thirds of ASBA member district boards is necessary for a bylaw  amendment to pass. 

The board’s electronic vote must be received no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 2021. (See below for voting link.) 

Results will be announced on Dec. 16, 2021, at the ASBA Annual Membership Meeting.  

Important Information Related to Voting 

Please click the links below to view:  

Online Voting Form 

Click here for the online voting form.  

Please note that only an official designee of the board may cast a vote on behalf of the board. 

Register NOW for the Sept. 30 Bylaw Amendment Webinar

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.


This webinar will help answer questions for all members by reviewing logistical information on the upcoming bylaw amendment, dates when voting will open and additional details on casting your board’s vote on behalf of the district.

Tracey Benson, ASBA Associate Executive Director will review the history of this bylaw amendment, logistical information, dates when voting will open and additional details on casting your board’s vote on behalf of the district. All your questions will be answered.

Can’t view the webinar live? No problem. Go ahead and register and you will receive the recording automatically by email so you can view it later. There is no cost to register for this webinar. We encourage advance registration.