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ADA members encouraged to comment on revised Bylaws

April 27, 2017

By David Burger

The ADA is revising its ADA Constitution and Bylaws for the first time since the early 1940s when the last major revision to the Bylaws occurred, and ADA members are being asked to review and comment on the proposed Bylaw changes.  Revisions to the Constitution were submitted to the 2016 House of Delegates and were laid over for consideration at the 2017 House of Delegates.

The ultimate intent is to give the Association the ability to operate more effectively and efficiently for the profession and the patients it serves, said Dr. Michael H. Halasz, chair of the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

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Dr. Halasz
The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs revised the Bylaws and Constitution because the House of Delegates, through Resolution 118H-2014 in 2014, directed the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs to perform a comprehensive review and rewrite of those documents.

After being assigned to review and revise the Constitution and Bylaws, the council formed a task force that went through several months of revision suggestions. The task force then approved the changes and forwarded it to the council for approval. After comments are received, the task force will make any further revisions it deems necessary. The council will then prepare a resolution for the House of Delegates in Atlanta in October.

“The major focus of the rewrite is to remove procedural and operational items with the intent that the ADA will be able to act more swiftly,” said Dr. Halasz. “The Bylaws are one of the basic governance documents of the association and all members should have some knowledge of the Bylaws. The proposed revision will allow that, as the proposed version is significantly shorter than the current version of the Bylaws.”

Dr. Halasz, on behalf of the council, is encouraging ADA members to take part in the process. “The change in the Bylaws is significant, and a comment period allows interested parties more time to consider the changes,” he said. “The task force and the council also realize that additional groups looking at the revisions and commenting will ultimately make a better product. Finally, the task force hopes that by giving members and leadership a chance to comment now, before the House of Delegates convenes, the consideration of the resolution will go more smoothly, as we will be able to make changes, based on comments received, before the resolution hits the House floor.”

ADA members wishing to receive a copy of the revisions and a tool for submitting comments on the revised Bylaws should email ADA Deputy General Counsel and Director of the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs Tom Elliott at To better ensure a timely response, the email requesting the link should have “BYLAWS COMMENT TOOL REQUEST” in the subject line.

The comment period ends May 26.