Vote on bylaws
Next month, APA members will be asked to vote on
changes to the association’s bylaws that
would alter guidelines for dues exemption.
APA’s Council of Representatives has proposed amendments to the association’s bylaws that members will vote on this fall. The council also voted to send
an explanatory statement and pro/con statements with the
APA will send the ballot to the membership with the
apportionment ballot on Nov. 1.
Below are the proposed bylaws amendments preceded by
the explanatory statement; bracketed text is to be deleted and
underlined text is to be added.
If approved, the bylaw changes, effective with the 2013 dues
• Eliminate the dues step-down process.
• Remove the criteria for eligibility for dues exemption from
the bylaws, thereby giving the council the authority to approve
the criteria for eligibility.
• Add a minimal administrative fee ($25 for 2013) for those
dues-exempt members who opt not to pay the publications fee
(for continued receipt of the Monitor and American Psychologist).
(The administrative fee would not be applied retroactively, i.e.
members who have already achieved life status membership will
not be subject to the administrative fee.)
The Council of Representatives voted (135 in favor/5
against/4 abstentions) to approve amendments to the
Association Rules that would change the criteria for eligibility
for becoming dues exempt to 69 years of age and 29 years
of membership. If the bylaw changes are approved by the
membership, the rule changes would become effective with the
2013 dues cycle.
Currently members who are turning 65 years of age during
the dues year and have at least 25 years of APA membership
are eligible to enter a five year (Year 5 – 0 dues) life status
dues ramp-down schedule. If approved, beginning in 2013,
members would become life status members at 69 years of age
and 29 years of membership and the step down process will be
eliminated. Both the age and years of membership requirements
must be attained to be eligible for the life status membership
category. Those members who have begun the dues step down
process by 2012 would continue to remain in the process before
becoming dues exempt in 2016.
CHANGES TO LIFE STATUS/DUES EXEMPT CATEGORY
ARTICLE XIX: DUES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
6. [Any Fellow, Member, or Associate member who has
reached the age of sixty-five and has been a member of
the Association for at least twenty-five years shall become
eligible for a dues exemption reduction process, culminating
in dues exemption.] There shall be a dues exempt category
for those Fellows, Member and Associate members who
reach eligibility requirements as set by Council. Such
members shall retain all rights and privileges of membership
in the Association except the privilege of receiving those
publications of the Association ordinarily provided to its
members as a membership benefit. In order to permit the
receipt of such publications, however, an option to pay a
reasonable subscription price/servicing fee for them shall be
made available to dues-exempt members. (For purposes of
this Subsection, membership in the American Association
of Applied Psychology prior to its amalgamation with the
American Psychological Association shall be counted.) Those
dues exempt members opting not to pay the subscription
price/servicing will be charged a minimal administrative fee
as set by Council. n