NRA bylaw changes
My ballot issue finally arrived, and it looks like a package of bylaw amendments is also being put up for a vote. Some people did a lot of work here.... a lot of them are simply going thru the bylaws and correcting errors that crept in over the decades. Some of the bylaws being amended date back to the Cincinnati reforms of 40 years ago, and in the intervening decades sometimes a something was changed without realizing that the change also affected another bylaw, that manner of thing.
There are substantive changes, too, and I rather like them. One bylaw required disclosure when a director did "any business" with NRA: that's amended to read when the director receives payments for goods or services. In the past, a lot of directors' disclosures involved disclosing that they or their firms had, for example, purchased advertising in the NRA publications. The disclosure requirement was meant to shed light upon any director's receiving funds from the organization, not upon his giving funds to it.
Some deadlines are created for the nomination process, which were quite needed. The number of signatures required to nominate by petition and to petition for removal of a director are expressed in terms of percentages of the vote cast in the last election, instead of being stated as a hard number. (A lot of these regulations date to 1977, when membership was 1/8 to 1/10 its current number).
Bylaw amendments will henceforth be made by mail-in vote of the entire membership; the procedure for amendment at the annual meeting (I don't recall if any have been made that way in the last 10-20 years) is removed.