FHSAA Representative Assembly Approves 14 Amendments To Current Bylaws

GAINESVILLE, FL (10/23/17) – The 21st Florida High School Athletic Association Representative Assembly voted to approve 14 proposals Monday morning at FHSAA headquarters. Twelve of the amendments were approved unanimously.

AMENDMENTS APPROVED MONDAY

1.      Bylaw 1.4 – Added Academic Year; re-numbered subsequent sections; provided an effective date.

2.      Bylaw 3.4 – Added new language and modified current language; provided an effective date.

3.      Bylaw 3.5.2.3 – Added clarifying language; provided an effective date.

4.      Bylaw 4.5.2 – Modified current language; provided an effective date.

5.      Bylaw 8.4.1 – Added clarifying language; provided an effective date.

6.      Bylaw 9.3.2 – Struck language inconsistent with state statute; re-numbered subsequent sections; removed referencing sections; provided an effective date.

7.      Bylaw 9.4.1.4 – Modified current language; provided an effective date.

8.      Bylaw 9.4.1.5 – Modified current language; added new sub-section; provided an effective date. (1 Abstention)

9.      Bylaw 9.5.1 – Removed redundant language; provided an effective date. (1 No Vote)

10.  Bylaw 9.6 – Removed language that had sunset; removed redundant language; clarified current language; provided an effective date.

11.  Bylaw 10.4.8 – Removed the listing of some state statutes; provided an effective date.

12.  Bylaw 10.5.4 and 10.5.5 – Added clarifying language; provided an effective date.

13.  Bylaw 10.6.1 and 10.6.2 – Added clarifying language; provided an effective date.

14.  Bylaw 10.6 – Added a new sub-section; provided an effective date.

The following proposals were rejected Monday:

Proposal 5 – A proposal related to Storming by amending Bylaw 7.2.7; adding a new sub-section; providing an effective date.
Proposal 7 – A proposal related to Registered Officials by amending Bylaw 8.9.1; modifying current language; providing an effective date.
Proposal 13 – A proposal related to Age by amending Bylaw 9.6.1; removing language that has sunset; modifying current language; providing an effective date.

Fifty-six of the 67 delegates attended and voted. The body approved ratifying the changes to the bylaws due to 2017 legislative action from HB 1109. In addition to the amendments approved, Tampa Preparatory School Athletic Director Michael Flynn was unanimously elected chairperson of the FHSAA Representative Assembly. Middleton High School Athletic Director Donald Hill was also unanimously elected vice chairperson.

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About the FHSAA Representative Assembly

The FHSAA Representative Assembly meets annually to consider and act on proposals to amend the Association's Bylaws. It currently is comprised of 67 delegates – 32 public high school delegates elected from 32 legislative divisions, 16 private high school delegates elected respectively from every two legislative divisions combined, four middle school delegates elected from each administrative section, one district school superintendent from each section, one district school board member from each section, two home education representatives, one charter schools representative from each section, and the Commissioner of Education or his designee. The Representative Assembly must act only upon those proposals submitted by member schools, the Board of Directors, the Commissioner, or any one of the Association's advisory committees. The Representative Assembly, acting as a whole, cannot develop its own proposal for consideration. A two-thirds majority vote of the Representative Assembly is required to adopt any proposed amendment.

About The FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors aca­demic and athletic achievement among current and former student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Head­quartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.