The board of directors for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials voted Sept. 28 to approve an amended set of association governing documents, one that reflects the group’s new organizational structure for member committees.
The board took the action during the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix.
The last time the AASHTO board – which is made up of all 50 CEOs of state departments of transportation, plus those of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia – had amended the governing documents was in September 2015.
The newly revised documents, as before, spell out AASHTO’s role, membership, leadership structure and bylaws. However, they also include a new lineup of member councils, policy forums and issue-oriented committees that the group transitioned to over the past year.
And they spell out in detail the role of the new AASHTO Strategic Management Committee, which is a broad oversight group that includes the association’s president, vice president and chairs of the Transportation Policy Forum, the Agency Administration Managing Committee and the organization’s six new modal councils. The immediate past president and executive director also serve as ex-officio members.
That Strategic Management Committee, which reports to the entire board, identifies emerging national issues and other concerns to be addressed by the association. It reviews work plans and reports of the other AASHTO panels to identify overlaps, gaps and opportunities for coordination. It can also identify outside entities AASHTO should work with on topics of mutual interest, and between meetings of the full board can – under certain circumstances – decide matters of policy on behalf of the association.
Here are AASHTO’s newly amended governing documents.