March 14, 2014
At its March 7, 2014 meeting the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors, consistent with Article IX of the Code of Regulations, proposes the following edits to Article VIII.
Pursuant to Section 2 of Article IX, the special membership meeting will be held at the Columbus Bar offices at 4:00pm on Monday, April 14.
Article VIII. Dues
Section 1. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Association shall commence on the first day of July annually and shall end on the last day of June of the following year. All dues shall be payable in advance on or before the beginning of the fiscal year.
Section 2. Dues Structure to be Set by Board of Governors. The Board of Governors shall establish, by a vote of at least ten (10) of its members, the dues structure for each membership class of the Association. Any new dues structure shall become effective thirty (30) calendar days after publication unless the procedure specified in Section 3 of this Article is invoked.
Section 3. Petition Objecting to Published Dues Structure. Within thirty (30) days of the first publication of a notice of a proposed new dues structure established by the Board of Governors, a written petition, signed by not less than one hundred (100) of the voting members of the Association, may be filed in objection to the proposed dues structure. The petition shall be addressed to the President and filed at the Association’s offices. Upon the filing of a timely and properly executed petition, the published dues structure, with any modifications the Board of Governors may deem appropriate, shall be submitted to a vote of the membership and shall become effective only upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the eligible members who cast a ballot.
Section 4. Waiver of Dues. The Board of Governors shall have discretion to relieve individuals of dues obligations in consideration of active military service, recent admission to the bar, distinguished disability, hardship or other appropriate reason. The Board shall also have authority to make rules respecting default in payment of dues, reinstatement fees and dues for periods less than a full year.
Article IX. Amendments and By-laws
Section 1. By-laws. The Board of Governors may from time to time adopt such bylaws for the government and regulation of the Association as may be necessary and not inconsistent with this Code of Regulations. Such bylaws shall be and remain in effect until they are amended or repealed by the Board of Governors.
Section 2. Amendments. This Code of Regulations may be altered, amended or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present at any annual meeting of the Association or any special meeting the Association calls for that purpose; provided, however, that the proposed amendments shall have been proposed by the Board of Governors or by ten (10) voting members of the Association, and that written notice or notice by Authorized Communication Equipment of the time and place of voting thereon, together with a copy of such proposed amendments shall have been provided to all members of the Association at least thirty (30) days prior to such meetings.