The House of Delegates is the membership body for the Association made up of dentists representing their components. It is at this venue where members are given opportunities to discuss resolutions. For questions about the House, contact Margie Kunze, MDA Governance Manager or Dr. Lynne Barbour, Speaker of the House.
During the First Session, the House begins with the formality of bringing forth the resolutions and listening to various reports. Then the House moves into Reference Committee Hearing. It is during this time that ALL members are allowed to present testimony, both for and against, on the resolutions brought before the House. In 2020 with the virtual event, there will be only one Reference Committee, the Articles of Agreement and Bylaws. The delegation also elects officers (President-Elect/Secretary, Treasurer and Speaker) at this meeting.
After the hearings, the Reference Committee meets to discuss the testimony given at the hearing. The committee can amend resolutions, submit new resolutions, etc. They use the information they receive in the Reference Committee Hearing to help determine the report they will send to the House of Delegates.
During the Second Session, the full delegation of 52 voting members from the eight component societies and two dental students then deliberate on the resolutions and the Reference Committee Report and the House either adopts, defeats, amends or refers the resolutions. That is how House policy is made, which in turn helps guide the Association in its future directives. Officers elected Friday morning are installed Friday afternoon.
If you cannot attend, we encourage you to participate by reading the Resolutions and letting your Delegates know whether you support the resolution. This will help Delegates when they vote as they represent their components. At this time, component delegates still are being determined and will be updated once available.