Get Involved - Motions to the Board
Even if you are unable to attend our Board meetings, you can still put a motion on the floor to be considered and voted on by the Board. NYSALM represents you in our state. Is there something you wish could be accomplished on a statewide level that would benefit you, your colleagues, and the families in the state?
Think of a motion as a research questions: what would you like to achieve? Then do a "literature search" to see if there is already a law or regulation that relates to this issue. NY State agencies all have websites that give their prescribed legal function. Your local state senator or assembly person has staff that may assist you in learning what already exists regarding your area of interest.
Then be constructive about what you would like changed or amended. "I move that NYSALM create an ad hoc committee to consider...", "I move that NYSALM include in its website information on..." Not every motion results in exciting new legislation, but we start by bringing ideas to the table.
Please contact your NYSALM regional representative who will put your motion on the agenda for you, if you are unable to attend the meeting. Even if you can't meet with us, we still need your participation!
All our members are also invited to join the Board when we hold our Annual Meeting every April. Some years, we only offer continuing education sessions; some years we also lobby our legislators in Albany on matters of import to women and midwives. Join us!