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Proposed Changes to AzHIMA Bylaws

AzHIMA Members:

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently changed their membership categories and, therefore, updated the AHIMA bylaws to be in line with those changes.

AzHIMA is required to maintain bylaws that are reflective of the AHIMA bylaws. Therefore, the AzHIMA Board is proposing bylaw changes which can be reviewed by clicking on the links below.

Per section 14.1 of the current AzHIMA bylaws, AzHIMA members are given at least 40 days prior to voting to review any proposed bylaw changes.

Based on this requirement, this email is considered official notification of the proposed changes and AzHIMA members will have until September 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Arizona time to review the changes. Voting on these changes will occur electronically from September 21, 2021 through October 11, 2021. A separate email will be sent to the members requesting that they vote on the proposed changes.

Should you have questions about the proposed bylaw changes, please contact AzHIMA President, Sandra Brightwell at sandra.brightwell@centralaz.edu.

14.1 Adoption of Amendments. The power to alter, amend, or repeal the Bylaws of AzHIMA, or to adopt new bylaws, is vested in the Active Members of AzHIMA. The affirmative vote of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes of the Active Members cast by one of two methods as determined by the Board of Directors, shall be sufficient to effectuate such action. The two methods shall be 1.) at an AzHIMA membership meeting at which a quorum is present or 2.) by electronic means. A proposal to the Active Members to amend the Bylaws may be initiated by the Board of Directors and/or any Active Member of AzHIMA. Notice of a proposed bylaws amendment must be sent to the membership at least forty (40) days prior to the membership meeting at which a vote on the proposal is to be taken or at least forty (40) days prior to electronic voting. The Affirmative vote of two-thirds of the active members participating shall be required to consider a proposal to amend the Bylaws without prior notice. An affirmative vote by ninety percent (90%) of the active members participating shall likewise be required for adoption of such amendments.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any proposed revisions or amendments of the Bylaws of AzHIMA shall be submitted for review and approval to the AHIMA Board of Directors prior to adoption, and they shall comply with the provisions governing Component State Associations as provided for in the AHIMA Bylaws.