Sample language for amending bylaws

Medical staffs would not want to see any one individual force a proposed bylaws amendment through the voting process because this could jam up the medical staff and board with amendments that don’t have significant support. In the past, any individual could propose an amendment, which was then vetted by a bylaws committee or the medical executive committee. Under the current standard, this vetting process can be used, but it is no longer necessary. Rather, the medical staff can define when there is sufficient support for an amendment to go forward. The number should not be so low that only a handful of members can force a vote, thus causing a logjam of potential amendments. Conversely, the number should not be so high as to prohibit any medical staff–generated amendment proposal from going forward.

Attached is sample bylaws language from The Guide to Medical Staff Bylaws.