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Business Process Overview

The information you need on how to submit business items and amendments, costing, and Standing Rules for the Representative Assembly.

Submission of Business Items for 2023

Business Item Submission Tutorial Video

Submit items for 2023 RA consideration

The Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules (CCBR) is accepting electronic submissions of business items for consideration by the 2023 Representative Assembly. To submit an item, please click the link above. 

The deadlines for submission are as follows:

  • New Business Items: 4:00pm Eastern Time (Orlando Time), June 18, 2023
  • Maker Modifications of Submitted NBIs: 4:00pm Eastern Time (Orlando Time), June 30, 2023
  • Amendments to Legislative Program, Resolutions, Policy Statements: 4:00pm Eastern Time (Orlando Time), July 3, 2023
  • Amendments to items published in RA Today or on the RA website: 8:00am Eastern Time (Orlando Time) on the day the item is to be considered

Delegates are encouraged to submit items as soon as possible. Once an item is submitted CCBR and/or the Legislative and Resolutions Committee will review the item and contact the maker for any clarifications. When the item is accepted, the maker will be notified of the item number. The item, along with the cost (if an NBI), will be published on the RA website for delegate review in the spring.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Standing Rule 6.A was amended by the 2022 Representative Assembly to specify that a maker can revise an NBI submitted by the initial deadline “no later than three days prior to the opening of the RA,” and that “Revisions must address the same issue as the original new business item but may include different actions reasonably related to the action in the original NBI.” CCBR interprets this to mean that an NBI must meet the threshold requirements –it must relate to “substantive policies or programs” for NEA, be “specific in nature,” be “terminal in application,” concern “issues beyond one local area” and not call for NEA “to do work that is already in progress.” An NBI may be revised subsequently to modify the action called for, including by substituting an entirely different action(s), so long as the new action(s) reasonably relate to the initial proposed action (i.e. they seek to advance the same interest, albeit in a different way).

Delegates who want caucus/council support for an item should submit the initial item to NEA by June 18. They can then bring the proposed language to a caucus or council for review and submit a maker modification by June 30. We encourage caucuses and councils to share this information with members.

Please note that only members who will serve as delegates to the 2023 RA can submit items.

Questions can be directed to the NEA Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules.

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