Orientation for New Delegates and Alternates - Part I

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Published on February 28, 2014

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Orientation for New Delegates and Alternates to the House of Delegates: Orientation for New Delegates and Alternates to the House of Delegates Charles Rainey, MD, JD, Speaker Michael Miller, MD, Vice Speaker Welcome & Thank You!: Welcome & Thank You! Why Do This?: Why D o This? Because the Society is a ‘bottom up’ organization; policy is not developed ‘from the top down’ and imposed on the membership. WHY do This?: WHY do T his? The House of Delegates (HOD) is the “policy- making body” of the Society The HOD gives final approval to policies proposed by members at every level of the Society. By participating in the HOD, together, we all can establish the policies that guide the Society How Does It Work?: How Does It Work? How do we move from Idea to Adoption? Process: Process Who Is Involved?: Who Is Involved? Society members, who propose Resolutions to their County Medical Society or directly to the House of Delegates Society staff, who review resolutions submitted and organize the workings of the HOD Reference Committee members Delegates and Alternates to the House Your Speaker and Vice Speaker Time Line: Time Line What Is a Resolution?: What Is a Resolution? Title Author (WHO) Whereas Clauses (WHY – the ‘background’) Resolved Clauses (WHAT – the ‘action’ desired) Sample Resolution :  Sample Resolution Title: “Professional Competency” Author: “Bijou County Medical Society” WHEREAS, patient safety matters, and WHEREAS, professional training and licensure assure safe practice, be it therefore RESOLVED, THAT physicians and nurses in Wisconsin should be licensed to practice, and be it further RESOLVED, THAT health professionals should have appropriate training prior to licensure. What is a Reference Committee?: What is a Reference Committee? Composition: 6 to 8 Delegates / Members (physicians representing various County Medical Societies and Specialties, Young Physicians, Residents, and Students) Chair, selected in advance by the Speakers Society Staff – administrative support Shaping Society Policy: Shaping Society Policy The Reference Committee is “where it happens” first Be prepared P resent testimony that is rational and include evidentiary documentation Your experience and expertise matter Be prepared to address contrary opinions Reference Committee Testimony: Reference Committee Testimony The resolution author testifies first: “I recommend that we adopt this as Society policy” Subsequent persons testify in favor, or against The Committee listens, assesses the debate and drafts its Report to the House A Note on Testimony and Debate: A Note on Testimony and Debate Ref Comm testimony differs from debate on the House floor. Ref Comm: no actions are taken, so information is provided only in a pro or con manner, and it’s a free-flow, not governed or restricted by parliamentary procedure. In the House itself, debate is in the service of bringing the voting delegates to a final vote (action) on items of business. Reference Committee Report: Reference Committee Report After open h earing, committee members, Society Staff and Speakers go into executive session to formulate their recommendations and write report Adopt (the item of business) as written Adopt (the item of business) as Amended Adopt a Substitute (totally new wording for what is RESOLVED or RECOMMENDED by a Resolution or Report) Refer ( to the Board), i.e., further consideration between now and the next year’s HOD meeting Not Adopt Who Participates/Attends?: Who Participates/Attends? County and Specialty Society Delegates Special Section Delegates (Young Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Medical Students) Specially Appointed Delegates Alternate Delegates (may participate under certain circumstances) Society Members (may attend) Members of the Press (may attend) House of Delegates Procedures: House of Delegates Procedures Receive Reference Committee Reports Everything is on a “Consent Calendar” Any Delegate may “extract” any Item from the Consent Calendar House votes to adopt the Consent Calendar Extracted Items debated on floor of House and voted on one by one What is a “Consent Calendar?”: What is a “Consent Calendar?” If there is expected to be general agreement on an item or if no debate or questions are expected on an item it is often placed on a “consent calendar” and all items on the calendar are then voted on “en bloc” without discussion If anyone disagrees with a proposed action in a Reference Committee Report, they can ask that it be extracted for debate What is a “Consent Calendar?”: What is a “Consent Calendar?” Delegates vote to accept all recommendations by Reference Committee without debate unless items are extracted One does not have to provide any testimony or rationale to support extraction request – it is automatically granted by Speaker After adoption of the Consent Calendar, all extracted items are then debated one by one Creating Formal Society Policy: Creating Formal Society Policy The House floor is “where it gets solidified” The HOD is not just for debate on the various aspects of an issue, but is also where ACTION is taken and specific language is approved for Society policy Present testimony that is rational and has some evidence behind it Your testimony in no way should be disrespectful of alternative / opposing views presented in the debate It’s considered poor etiquette to bring up something on the HOD floor that you did not present first to the Reference Committee for its consideration Debating an Issue: Debating an Issue Only Seated Delegates may testify during the HOD Go to a microphone and wait to be called on by the presiding Speaker Identify yourself and whom your represent Alternate Delegates may only testify if credentialed to serve in lieu of the Delegate (change of voting privilege from Delegate to Alternate may only happen once per session) Debating an Issue: Debating an Issue Debate is limited to 20 minutes per item of business; 3 minutes of testimony per person Author of the Resolution (or Chair of the Society Council that submitted a Report with Recommendations) is granted the privilege of testifying first All people must have a chance to speak before one person can speak a second (or third) time A Note About Debate: A Note About Debate “Every important thing should be said, but should not be said by everybody” Thus, if you have something novel to present in your testimony, please do so You may go “the mike” and testify that your County or Specialty or Section is “in support of” or “is opposed to” a given suggestion Voting: Voting Only seated Delegates may vote If a Delegate must be absent for some portion of a session, a credentialed Alternate Delegate may be seated for the remainder of that session (Delegate and Alternate must go to the Credentials desk to make the change) Thank you!: Thank you!

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