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Welcome to California State PTA’s e-Bylaws — a new, quicker way for you to revise and update your unit PTA/PTSA bylaws!


eBylawsTo use the e-Bylaws system, you must request a username and password.


Once you have your username and password, you can proceed directly to “Build e-Bylaws.”


Please contact your district PTA parliamentarian for assistance. Note that e-Bylaws are available only for local PTA units and only in English.

California State PTA currently is developing automatic submittal for the state parliamentarian’s review when no handwritten amendments are included.


For more information on bylaws, please review these helpful resources:

Bylaws review procedure


Instructions for completing bylaws


e-Bylaws worksheet



Standing Rules

Whenever members are required or permitted to take any action at a meeting, a written notice of the meeting shall be given, not less than 10 days nor more than 90 days before the date of the meeting, to each member, who on the recorded date for the notice of the meeting, is entitled to vote at such meeting (see Unit, Council and District PTA Bylaws).

Standing rule outlines the procedures of the organization that are not included in the bylaws and must not conflict with the bylaws. Some examples of the differences are:

  • Bylaws state when the meetings of the association and executive board are held.
  • Standing Rules tell where and what time these meetings are held.
  • Bylaws give the primary responsibilities of officers and chairmen.
  • Standing Rules give the specifics.

If the Bylaws state that the first vice president is responsible for the program, the Standing Rules would list the various chairmen, who work with the vice president under the first vice presidents title, such as program, Founders Day, Honorary Service Award, hospitality, refreshments, and program booklet.

If the organization has supplies and/or equipment, the Standing Rules would state who is responsible for them and where they would be kept.

Standing Rules might also list:

  • Who has the responsibility for securing the outgoing president’s pin and its inscription.
  • If there is to be an installation of officers, who is responsible for selecting the installing officers and when the installation should take place.

In short, Bylaws are hard and fast rules that may be amended only with prior notice to the membership.

Standing rules are the details of monthly PTA work that may be changed from administration to administration or from meeting to meeting. They require a two-thirds (2/3rd) majority vote without notice and a majority vote with 30 days notice to adopt or amend.