More Equitable Member Representation

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More Equitable Member Representation

    Desired Outcomes

    Vote allocation in the HOD will be modified to narrow the gap between the largest and smallest banks, and non-binding resolutions of the House will be determined on a one bank/one vote basis.

      Actions to Be Taken

      • Establish separate vote allocation models for approving resolutions to the Board and for amending the bylaws or electing members to the Board of Directors.

      Implementation

      • During the deliberative phase of the House of Delegates, every EBAA member in attendance, including unaccredited members, will cast one vote, with a simple majority needed to pass resolutions. These resolutions will be presented to the Board of Directors by the Speaker of the House, but are not binding on the Board.
      • Voting authority for elections, bylaws amendments and other binding actions of the House of Delegates will be allocated on a proportional basis. Only accredited eye banks may vote during this portion of the HOD meeting.
        • The total number of votes allocated in the HOD will equal twice the number of voting members.
        • Groups of eye banks operating under consolidated ownership or control will be treated as a single eye bank.
        • Votes will not be allocated to Medical Directors.
        • Every accredited eye bank will be given one vote, plus one additional vote multiplied by their proportion of the total amount of membership dues paid by the accredited eye banks.
      • Because active participation in the HOD’s deliberations is critical to fully understanding the issues, proxy voting among eye banks will not be permitted.

      Practical Implications

      • Voting authority will be more broadly distributed. The inclusion of unaccredited members in the HOD’s non-binding decisions gives these members a voice for the first time.  And the new vote allocation formula for bylaws and elections will reduce the disparity between the largest and the smallest eye banks.
      • Relative participation is recognized. Vote allocation has traditionally considered an eye bank’s participation in the profession as measured by corneas recovered or placed for transplant.  Those factors are reflected in this formula.
      • Consolidation within the profession is accounted for. Because the total number of votes cast in the HOD is equal to twice the number of voting eye banks, the formula more easily accommodates changes in the number of members or relative amounts of dues paid to EBAA.