The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting may be more than three months away, but the Feb. 2 deadline to submit resolutions is quickly approaching. Members may submit resolutions, which help shape Society policy on important medical issues, for consideration by the Society’s House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD will convene during the Annual Meeting in Madison April 25.
Members who need help developing a resolution can click here for a brief online primer on resolution writing prepared by Society staff members Chris Rasch and John Maycroft or contact Society staff for assistance.
Please follow these guidelines when drafting resolutions.
- Select a title that appropriately reflects the action the resolution seeks.
- Carefully check the resolution for accuracy.
- The wording of the “Resolved” statement should be able to stand alone as an item to be acted upon by the HOD, because the HOD adopts only the “Resolved” language. The wording in the sections of the resolution that begin with “Whereas” does not appear in the official record of the proceedings of the HOD and will not appear in the Society’s Policy Compendium if the item is adopted by the HOD.
- The Society strongly encourages—but does not require—that all resolutions contain a statement by the author about relevant existing policy or a statement that the Society does not have any current policy on the topic.
- Resolutions that request the Society’s HOD to forward the policy item to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates for its consideration should contain a statement by the author about relevant existing AMA policy or a statement that the AMA does not have any current policy on the topic.
According to the Society’s Bylaws, members must submit resolutions in proper form to the CEO’s office by Feb. 1 or 60 days prior to the first session of the HOD at its annual meeting, whichever date is earlier. The Feb. 1, 2015, deadline for submitting resolutions falls on a Sunday; therefore, resolutions will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
Any resolution received after the Feb. 2 deadline will be considered a “late resolution,” unless it is presented by the Board of Directors, the Speaker, Vice Speaker, constitutional officer or by a council or committee of the Society or the HOD. All “late resolutions” will be forwarded to the Rules Committee for review. The Rules Committee will make recommendations to the HOD regarding the acceptance of any “late resolutions” at the April 25 opening session. Click here* for information about the late resolution process, including the information that must accompany a late resolution. The HOD is unable to accept late resolutions unless two-thirds of the delegates present consent to the acceptance of the item.
If the implementation of an adopted item would require the expenditure of funds not normally included in the Society’s budget, the Society will add a fiscal note to it. Those who submit resolutions should ensure that a sponsor will attend the reference committee hearings to introduce the resolution and testify, providing background information and the rationale for the “Resolved” statements.
Submit resolutions for the 2015 House of Delegates to Rick Abrams, CEO, Wisconsin Medical Society, PO Box 1109, Madison, WI 53701 or via e-mail to Noreen Krueger.
The HOD is only one avenue for raising issues or submitting resolutions. Members may submit issues or resolutions throughout the year via the Society’s year-round resolution process by using the online Member Communication Form. Members who have time-sensitive issues can opt to use the year-round submission process for prompt disposition rather than waiting for the next Annual Meeting.
Issues submitted via the year-round process are referred to the Board, to a specific Council of the Society or to the HOD for further study and recommendations.
For more information about submitting resolutions for the 2015 HOD, call Noreen Krueger at 608.442.3904 or 886.442.3800, ext. 3904 (toll-free) or e-mail her.
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