ISMA resolutions, introduced each year at the ISMA House of Delegates, help drive ISMA policy and legislative agendas at the Statehouse.
ISMA members may submit resolutions now for introduction at the 170th ISMA Convention in September. Submit resolutions online >>
To make the resolution process as efficient as possible and to minimize the need for amendments, please adhere to the following guidelines when writing a resolution.
Resolutions may be submitted any time before Monday, July 15
- Determine an action or position on an issue that you would like ISMA to take. Then, succinctly state the action or position and the reasons.
- Research current policy on your issue. If your resolution asks ISMA to do something, check the ISMA Public Policy Manual to see whether or how the issue has been addressed in the past. If your resolution asks the AMA to take action, check here for any current AMA policy.
- Write a short title for your resolution.
- Include your name or the names of ISMA members introducing the resolution.
- Write one or more “Whereas” statements that succinctly explain the issue and each reason ISMA should take action. Each “Whereas” statement should include only a single point.
- Conclude with one or more “Resolved” statements. Each “Resolved” statement is considered separately by the House of Delegates and, if adopted, becomes ISMA policy. Each “resolved” statement should:
o State a clear, specific action plan for what you want ISMA to do.
o Stand on its own; it must include all information necessary to be understood by someone with no prior knowledge of the issue and without reference to the “Whereas” statements.
Here is an example of an effectively written resolution: “Resolved, that ISMA seek legislation that would allow schools to stock unassigned auto-injectable epinephrine for use in cases of life-threatening allergic reactions before, during and after school.”
Need additional help? Call the ISMA staff at (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060. Only ISMA members may submit resolutions.
Submit resolutions here >>