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Constitutional Amendments During High School and College/Postsecondary House of Delegates in June

April 13th, 2012

The following constitutional amendments were approved by the SkillsUSA board of directors during the March meeting and will be voted on by the House of Delegates during NLSC in June.

Proposed Constitution amendment – High School Constitution

Currently reads:
ARTICLE VI-QUALIFICATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICE
Section 3. No state is eligible to provide the national president for two consecutive years.

Proposed reading:
ARTICLE VI-QUALIFICATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICE
Delete Section 3 and renumber Section 4 and Section 5 as Section 3 and Section 4 respectively

Proposed Constitution amendment – Postsecondary Constitution

Currently reads:
ARTICLE VI-QUALIFICATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICE
Section 3 No state is eligible to provide the national president for two consecutive years and each state will be allowed only two candidates for national office per year.

Proposed reading:
ARTICLE VI-QUALIFICATIONS FOR NATIONAL OFFICE
Section 3 Each state will be allowed only two candidates for national office per year.

Rationale for both amendments:
When officers were elected by position, those states with large memberships – and therefore high delegate counts – could dominate officer elections. This meant the president could come from the same state for several successive years and that is why this language was inserted in the constitution. With the change to election of officers at-large with specific positions decided by the elected officers themselves, this wording is no longer needed in the constitution.


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