As the 2021 Missouri legislative session convenes this month in Jefferson City, SLMMS and organized medicine continue the advocacy work that never ends. The SLMMS Political Advocacy Committee is soliciting resolutions for the 2021 annual convention of the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA). This year’s convention will be virtual, held over two Saturdays, April 10 and April 17. For more convention meeting information, click HERE.
Resolutions are a wonderful illustration of organized medicine working for physicians. Once approved by the MSMA House of Delegates, they may advance to the American Medical Association or become policy and result in actions at the statewide level. SLMMS encourages its members to get involved with this process.
If you’re considering a topic for a 2021 resolution, even if it’s still in its conceptual stage, SLMMS invites you to bring it forward in accordance with the following schedule:
- For a resolution to be introduced and sponsored by SLMMS, it must be presented and reviewed twice by our body of delegates. The first opportunity will be at the SLMMS Delegates’ Briefing Session on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. This year the Delegates’ Briefing will be held over Zoom. All District 3 delegates will receive an email announcing this meeting, but all SLMMS members, including medical students, are invited to participate. Contact Dave Nowak in the SLMMS office at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting information.
- Resolutions drafted or accepted at that meeting will go forward for a second review to be held in conjunction with the monthly SLMMS Council meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Resolutions receiving final approval at this meeting will be submitted as sponsored by SLMMS.
- The deadline for submitting resolutions to MSMA for inclusion in 2021 convention materials is Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
If you are a member of MSMA, you are free to submit your resolution on your own, but for it to be reviewed and sponsored by SLMMS, the above-referenced process must be followed. Click HERE for resolution writing guidelines from the MSMA.
The SLMMS Political Advocacy Committee has drafted the 2021 Legislative Priorities and they have been approved by the SLMMS Council. Click HERE to review.
For more information or if you wish to register for the annual Delegates’ Briefing Session, please contact Dave Nowak at email@example.com and the Zoom link and meeting materials will be forwarded to you.