[MMA News Now, Oct. 10, 2013]
At its Oct. 7 meeting, the MMA’s executive committee voted on several follow-up items to the recent Annual Meeting in which the House of Delegates (HOD) voted to suspend
its activity until 2016.
The committee voted to move forward with planning an all-member election
beginning in 2014. The group also voted to revise the bylaws to reflect this change in how the organization elects its leaders.
Because the HOD is only suspended until 2016, the committee decided to forego any bylaw changes regarding the HOD’s functioning. However, the committee did decide to work on creating operating procedures for how the MMA and the component medical societies (CMS) should proceed without an HOD. This includes procedures for offering up resolutions, electing leaders and deciding which members should represent the CMSs on the Board of Trustees. These procedures were previously voted on by the HOD.
The committee also voted to keep the current Speaker of the House Robert Moravec, M.D., in place even though the HOD is not active. Moravec will remain on the MMA Board and act as a link to the HOD. When the HOD reconvenes in 2016, it can decide to re-elect or replace him if the HOD votes to begin activities again.
As voted upon by the 2012 HOD, the Board will continue to decrease its members to 12 or 14. This number will include four officers (president, president-elect, immediate past president and speaker of the house), two representatives from the policy council
, and six to eight additional trustees, at least one of whom must be from each of six regional trustee districts.
The Board will continue to further develop these governance issues during its November meeting.