ORV Bylaws

The Council of Chapter Presidents meets once per convention to consider any bills, resolutions, or amendments put forward by its members.  All bills passed by the Council of Chapter Presidents become bylaws of the Ohio River Valley.  All amendments passed are added to the Constitution.  All resolutions passed are included on this bylaws page but are not legally binding in the same way bills or acts are.  The bylaws are listed here for everyone in the ORV to see.


Lindner-Meyer Act

Co-Sponsors:  Weston Lindner and Marcus Meyer

The Lindner-Meyer Act was passed by the Council of Chapter Presidents with a unanimous 14-0 vote on August 22, 2015, at 2015 Cabinet Con.  It was passed simultaneously with an amendment to the ORV Constitution.  The purpose of both the act and the amendment was to reform the mayoral system and create more important, accountable Mayors.

Section 1

The Central Ohio District and the Great Lakes District shall be combined to form the North District (Note: the North District was intended as a temporary name and was changed at Fall State 2015).

Section 2

The Southwest District and the Southern Interior District shall be combined to form the South District (Note: the South District was intended as a temporary name and was changed at Fall State 2015).

Section 3

In the event that a new chapter joins the Ohio River Valley, the procedure for placing that chapter into a district shall be as follows:

The chapter may petition the Council of Chapter Presidents to be placed in the district of their choice.  The Council of Chapter Presidents shall take any such petitions into consideration while determining which district to place the chapter in.  A majority vote of the Council of Chapter Presidents shall be required to place the chapter into a district.

Section 4

For the remainder of the 2015-2016 JSA year, the current Southwest District Senator and the current Southern Interior District Senator shall become Co-Mayors of the 2nd District.  The current Central Ohio District Senator and the current Great Lakes District Senator shall become Co-Mayors of the 1st District.

Section 5

Beginning with the 2016-2017 JSA year, there shall be no more than one Mayor per district.  Elections at Spring State 2016 and every Spring State thereafter should be conducted accordingly.


District Name Change ACT

This unnamed act was passed by the Council of Chapter Presidents with an informal voice vote on November 22, 2015 at Fall State 2015.  It arose from the need to replace the temporary names bestowed upon the districts at Cabinet Convention 2015.

SECTION 1

The North District shall be renamed to the North Central District.

SECTION 2

The South District shall be renamed to the Southwest District.


 Lindner-Mitchell REsolution

Co-Sponsors: Weston Lindner and Isaac MItchell

The Lindner-Mitchell Resolution concerning name tags was passed by the Council of Chapter Presidents at Winter Congress 2016.  Prior to Fall State 2015, name tags at ORV conventions were pin on name tags.  At Fall State 2015 and Winter Congress 2016, the name tags were worn with a string around the neck.  This resolution was passed to encourage a return to the old style of name tags; some larger chapters complained that the string name tags were very tangled up in their registration packets.

Whereas:

The string-style name tags become very tangled up in the registration packets.

Whereas:

The pin-style name tags are infinitely better.

Resolved,

that JSA and JSF make every effort possible to ensure that at all future conventions, delegates will be provided with the old pin-style name tags.


Mayoral Accountability Act

Co-Sponsors: Esam Hammoudi and Tyler Combs

The Mayoral Accountability Act  was passed by the Council of Chapter Presidents at Spring State 2016 on April 23.  It is one of two acts concerning mayors passed on that date.  The act was passed to ensure that Mayors would be made more accountable to their chapter presidents by requiring a face to face meeting with them at conventions.

Section 1

Mayors will be required to attend the meeting of the Council of Presidents at each convention. If a Mayor is unable to attend due to being absent from the convention, they may send a representative on their behalf.

Section 2

Time will be given during Council of Chapter Presidents meetings for the Mayors to meet with the chapter presidents of their respective districts. These meetings may be run as the Mayors believe best suited for their district’s needs.


 

Mayoral Representation REsolution

The Mayoral Representation Resolution  was passed by the Council of Chapter Presidents at Spring State 2016 on April 23.  It is one of two acts concerning mayors passed on that date.  The resolution followed a campaign season which included differing opinions over the power and autonomy of the mayoral position.  It was meant to clarify the nature of the position.

Whereas,

Mayor is an elected position.

Whereas,

Mayor is a role independent from the State.

Whereas,

Mayors are beholden only to the citizens of their district.

Be it resolved by the Council of Chapter Presidents that

Mayors have full autonomy and are not bound to state executives.


Voting Privacy Act

Co-Sponsors: Weston Lindner and Griffin Noe

The Voting Privacy Act was passed by the Council of Chapter Presidents on April 23, 2016 at ORV Spring State. Prior to the act, chapter presidents would collect all the ballots from their chapter and announce how many ballots had been cast by chapter members for each candidate in the race.  Under the previous system, voters had an option to vote “silent” whereby their vote would not be included in the announcement – a chapter president may simply have said “10 votes for Candidate A, 10 votes for Candidate B, and 3 silent votes”.  This act ended the practice of chapter presidents making that announcement and made all votes be silent and secret.

Section 1

All votes for state officers will be considered silent.