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Association revises Constitution and Bylaws for first time since 1940s

October 31, 2017

By David Burger

Atlanta  — The ADA House of Delegates approved the Association's first revisions to its Constitution and Bylaws since the 1940s.

The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, assisted by a Bylaws rewrite task force, revised the Bylaws and Constitution after the House of Delegates, through Resolution 118H-2014, directed the council to perform a comprehensive review and rewrite of those documents.

The intent was to give the ADA, and specifically the House of Delegates, the capacity to operate more effectively and efficiently for the Association and the patients it serves, said Dr. Gary Herman, group practice director at the UCLA School of Dentistry and chair of the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

"It was all about efficiency," said Dr. Herman. "The revisions were needed to make the work of the Association easier so that the House can do its job."

Revisions to the Constitution were submitted to the 2016 House of Delegates and were laid over for consideration at the 2017 House of Delegates.

Many of the revisions represented the removal of portions of the current Bylaws that were procedural or operational in nature, Dr. Herman said. The aim was that the rewritten ADA Bylaws would consist of the fundamental principles that represented the framework of the ADA's governance.

Dr. Herman praised the council and its task force for completing the three-year process while keeping it open and transparent, with many opportunities for members to offer feedback. "We wanted to be clear on what we were doing and what we weren't there to do," he said.