Bylaws are the fundamental governing rules of a PTA. They contain the basic rules related to conducting the unit's business and governing its affairs. The by-laws define the primary characteristics of the organization prescribe how the association functions and includes all rules considered important to the rights and responsibilities of membership. Each local unit affiliated with LAPTA must use the Bylaws template provided below.
Standing rules outline the process for implementing the policies and procedures found in the by-laws and related to the details of the administration of an organization rather than to parliamentary procedure. Standing rules provide the specific/additional details concerning the day to day running of the organization, the duties of committee chairs, detail the additional duties of any officer and anything else not covered by the by-laws.
Due date: If your bylaws are currently expired your unit must submit new bylaws and the Bylaws and Amendments form to LAPTA by Friday, January 27, 2023. Units who have bylaws that expire after the January 27, 2023 deadline may resubmit with the new template at any time until their bylaws are due for update. A reminder -- local units must update their bylaws every three (3) years. Check the LAPTA approval date on the front page of your bylaws and plan accordingly.
Questions about your Local Unit Bylaws? Please send a note to