Legislative Commission Approves Three By-Law Proposals for December Ballot

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The Illinois High School Association's Legislative Commission voted Monday (Nov. 23) to refer three proposals to amend the IHSA Constitution and By-laws to a vote of the general membership. The Commission voted after hearing feedback from member school personnel at 28 town meetings held around the state during the month of November.

The ballot containing the proposals will be available to each member school's official representative in the IHSA's online Schools Center, beginning Monday, November 30. The deadline to submit the ballot is midnight, Wednesday, December 30. The ballots will be tabulated and the results posted on Tuesday, January 5. This year schools will be able to vote "no opinion" on a proposal. A simple majority of yes or no votes cast will determine whether each proposal passes.

Here is a summary of the proposals on the ballot:

·         Proposal 6: Clears up the ambiguity in the current rule regarding whether students can attend a coaching school, camp, or clinic between the end of summer contact period and start of the school year.

·         Proposal 15: Removes the season limitation currently in place for Scholastic Bowl.

·         Proposal 16: Increases the contest limitation for Scholastic Bowl from 18 dates to 27 dates.

The text of these proposals, as amended is available in a PDF document.

The remaining proposals were rejected by the Legislative Commission. A total of 34 of the 35 commissioners attended Monday's meeting, which was held at the IHSA Office in Bloomington.


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