Commission on Aging By-Laws


6.1 Article I Definitions

1.   The term “Commission” refers the Nevada Commission on Aging. 

2.   The term “Director” refers the Director, Department of Health and Human Services.

3.   The term “Administrator” refers the Administrator, Aging and Disability Services Division.

4.   The term “Division” refers the State of Nevada, Aging and Disability Services Division (NRS 427A.027).

5.   The term “fiscal staff” refers to the Aging and Disability Services Division fiscal staff in the Carson City office.

6.   The term “NRS” refers to the Nevada Revised Statutes.

    6.2 Article II Creation (NRS 427A.032)

    1.   The Commission is created by NRS Title 38, Chapter 427A.

      6.3 Article III Duties (NRS 427A.038)

      1.   The Commission is required to:

      A.   Determine and evaluate the needs of older persons of this state. 

      B.   Seek ways to avoid duplication of services for older persons by public and private organizations in Nevada.

      C.   Establish priorities for the work of the Division according to the most pressing needs of older persons as determined by the Commission.

      D.   Promote programs that provide community-based services necessary to enable a frail elderly person, to the fullest extent possible, to remain in his home and be an integral part of his family and community.

      2.   The Commission may also assist and carry out other responsibilities as provided for in NRS 427A.038.

        6.4 Article IV Membership (NRS 427A.032)

        1.   Voting Members – The Commission is comprised of 11 voting members who are appointed by the Governor.

        A.   Two members must be from a governing body of a county and two from a governing body of a city.

        B.   Seven members who have experience with or an interest in the problems of and services for the aging.

        C.   At least six persons appointed as voting members must be 55-years of age or older.

        2.   Non-Voting Members – The Commission will include non-voting members consisting of:

        A.   Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, who shall serve as Chairperson of the Commission.

        B.   Administrator of the Division, who acts as Chairperson in the absence of the Director.

        C.   One member of the Senate and one member of the Assembly appointed by the Legislative Commission with appropriate regard for their experience with and knowledge of matters relating to older persons.

        3.   Term of Appointment

        A.   The Governor shall appoint voting members to a term of two years.

        B.   Each voting member may serve not more than two terms.

        C.   No person serving as a voting member for more than one year of a term, to which another person was appointed, may be appointed to serve a full-term more than once.

        D.   If a Commissioner loses his appointment because of the loss of any required qualification, the vacancy must be filled for the unexpired term in the manner provided for the original appointment.

        4.   Removal of a Member

        A.   Malfeasance in office or neglect of duty.

        B.   Unexcused absence from two consecutive meetings of the Commission constitutes good and sufficient cause.

        5.   Subcommittees

        A.   The Chairperson of the Commission may appoint subcommittee members to consider specific problems within the scope of the functions of the Commission.

        B.   Subcommittee membership will not exceed five (5) members.

          6.5 Article V Meetings (NRS 427A.034)

          1.    The Commission will meet at least once each calendar quarter and at other times on the call of the Chairperson or a majority of its members.

          2.    The Chairperson of the Commission will approve the date and place of the meetings.

          3.    The meetings, including subcommittee meetings, are open to the public and subject to the requirements of the Nevada Open Meeting Law.

            6.6 Article VI Minutes

            1.  The Administrator will designate a Division support staff to act as the recording secretary.

            2.  Preparation of Minutes – Minutes of the previous meeting are transcribed and made available for inspection by the public within 30-working days after the adjournment of the meeting.

            A.   The recording secretary will transcribe minutes from tape recording, notes taken at meeting and from agenda exhibits.

            B.   After draft of minutes is prepared, submit to Chairperson for approval.

            C.   After approval, finalize and include in meeting folder for members.

            D.   Final approval by Commission at next meeting.

            3.    Minutes of each meeting of the Commission are considered public record and will be maintained in the Administrative Office of the Division.

            4.    Copies of the minutes of the previous meeting will be made available to Committee members prior to the next meeting.

              6.7 Article VII Financial Reimbursement (NRS 427A.036)

              1.    Each voting member is entitled to receive a salary in an amount established by law for each day of attendance at a meeting of the Commission.

              2.    Each member of the Commission is entitled to receive per diem expense allowance and travel expense as fixed State approved rate while engaged in the business of the Commission.

              3.    Assembly and Senate representatives are paid by the Legislative Commission, not by the Division.

                1.    The Commission will generally follow, as a guide, the Roberts Rules of Order where such rules do not conflict with NRS and these Bylaws.

                2.    The order of business at meetings will generally follow the sequence listed:

                A.   Call to order

                B.   Approval of minutes

                C.   Presentation of special reports

                D.   Reports of standing committees

                E.   Old business

                F.   New business

                G.   Announcements

                H.   Public input

                I.    Adjournment

                 3.   Voting

                 

                A.   There are 11-voting members of the Commission with each member having one vote.

                B.   A simple majority of the voting members of the Commission constitutes a quorum for the transaction of all business.

                C.   A majority of the voting members, in any matter within the scope of their duties, is required for the determination of any action to be taken.

                D.   Members may abstain.

                E.   The Chairperson will count and announce the results of the vote.

                F.   A vote is not effective until it is announced and may be changed up to the time of the announcement.

                G.   If a roll call vote is made, the vote will be recorded by the secretary with an indication of the names and vote of each member present.

                H.   Proxy voting is prohibited.

                 4.   Amendments to the Bylaws – The Bylaws may be amended or changed at any regular meeting by a majority of the voting members of the Commission, if the proposed amendment or change was submitted, in writing, to members of the Commission and the Chairperson, at least 14-days before the meeting.

                  6.8 Article VIII Rules Of Order

                  1.    The Commission will generally follow, as a guide, the Roberts Rules of Order where such rules do not conflict with NRS and these Bylaws.

                  2.    The order of business at meetings will generally follow the sequence listed:

                  A.   Call to order

                  B.   Approval of minutes

                  C.   Presentation of special reports

                  D.   Reports of standing committees

                  E.   Old business

                  F.   New business

                    G.   Announcements

                  H.   Public input

                  I.    Adjournment

                   3.   Voting

                  A.   There are 11-voting members of the Commission with each member having one vote.

                  B.   A simple majority of the voting members of the Commission constitutes a quorum for the transaction of all business. 

                  C.   A majority of the voting members, in any matter within the scope of their duties, is required for the determination of any action to be taken.

                  D.   Members may abstain.

                  E.   The Chairperson will count and announce the results of the vote.

                  F.   A vote is not effective until it is announced and may be changed up to the time of the announcement.

                  G.   If a roll call vote is made, the vote will be recorded by the secretary with an indication of the names and vote of each member present.

                  H.   Proxy voting is prohibited.

                   4.   Amendments to the Bylaws – The Bylaws may be amended or changed at any regular meeting by a majority of the voting members of the Commission, if the proposed amendment or change was submitted, in writing, to members of the Commission and the Chairperson, at least 14-days before the meeting.