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(6.4.5) The Publication Committee. The Publications Committee shall recommend all new publication projects to Council and shall be responsible for negotiating publication contracts and arrangements and supervising all publication activities.


Section 7.1. Annual Dues. The annual dues for membership shall be established by the membership at the annual meeting, upon recommendation of the Council.

Section 7.2. Delinquency. Non-payment of dues for one year shall be considered as equivalent to resignation from the Society.

Section 7.3. Assets. In the event of dissolution of the Society, all remaining assets will be used and/or distributed for exclusively educational or scientific purposes within the contemplation of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. The organization to which all assets will be transferred in the event of dissolution of the Society will be determined by the Council at the time of dissolution.


Section 8.1. Members of the Society may, with the authorization of the Council, operate as a local section to further the purposes of the Society in accordance with its Constitution and By-Laws.


Section 9.1. Contracts. The Council may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the Society, in addition to the officers so authorized by these By-Laws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 9.2. Checks, Drafts, etc. All checks, drafts or orders for payment of money, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the Society, shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the Society in such a manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Council. In the absence of such determination by the Council, such instruments shall be signed by the Secretary-Treasurer and countersigned by the President or a President-Elect of the Society.

Section 9.3. Deposits. All funds of the Society shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the Society in such, banks, trust companies, or other depositories, as the Council may select.


Section 10.1. The Society shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its Members, Council, and Committees having any of the authority of its Council, and shall keep at its registered or principal office a record giving the names and addresses of the Members entitled to vote. All books and records of the corporation may be inspected by any Member, or his/her agent or attorney, for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.


Section 11.1. The Fiscal year of the Society shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December of each year.


Section 12.1. Whenever any notice is required to be given under the provisions of the Nonprofit Corporation Act or under the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation of By-Laws of the Society, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed to be equivalent to the giving of such notice.


Section 13.1. No Member, Committee, or subgroup of Members of the Society may take any action or issue any statement in the name of the Society except through the authorization of Council, or of the President or on the basis of a majority vote of the Executive Committee, or on the basis of an authorized referendum of the total membership. The President is authorized to take action or issue statements about social issues in the name of the Society, or to authorize others to do so, when SPSSI policy on the issue is based on prior SPSSI positions.


Section 14.1. Amendments. Amendments to these By-Laws may be proposed by the Council on its own initiative; or on petition signed by fifty Members of the Society. A copy of each amendment proposed, with space appropriate for voting and such explanation of the amendment as the Council deems necessary, shall be sent to the last recorded address of each member. Sixty days after the date of distribution, the ballot shall be closed and the votes counted by the Elections Committee. An amendment, if approved by two-thirds of all the Members voting, shall go into effect at the time of the next meeting of the Society’s Council.

Section 14.2. Referenda. A referendum of the total membership on any matter that is of concern to the membership, including recall of Council members, may be authorized by petition of 3% of the Members of the Society. Such a petition must be completed and submitted to Council within a six-month period. The referendum so authorized shall be conducted by the Elections Committee. Upon validation of the petition, it shall be mailed to the membership together with a call for comment. After 60 days, the petition shall again be mailed to the membership, together with the comments received, and a ballot for the vote. After 60 days, the vote shall be determined. The referendum shall not be considered valid unless a minimum of 30% of the membership in SPSSI participates in the voting. If the referendum passes, the results shall be binding upon the Council, within the limits of the Society's Constitution and available budget.

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