FISCAL POLICY

ARTICLE XII – FISCAL POLICY

Section A – Funds

Funds shall be raised by annual dues levied on each active member at a uniform per capita rate throughout the State.  Funds may also be raised in any other manner approved by the House of Delegates or by the Council when the said House of Delegates shall not be in session.

The approval of the Council and of the Board of Trustees shall be necessary for the expenditure of any funds of the Medical Society of the State of New York, except that the said Board may delegate, to such person or persons as it sees fit, the authority to expend funds of the State Society in amounts and under conditions to be determined by said Board, on recommendation of the Council.

Section B – Expenses

Allowances for expenses incurred in the actual performance of official duties by officers, councilors, trustees, members of the Judicial Council and of commissions and committees, delegates to the American Medical Association, and employees of the Medical Society of the State of New York shall be made in conformity with the following conditions:

The president and president-elect shall be allowed a per diem and expenses when engaged on official business.  The amount of the per diem shall be set by the House of Delegates.  The Board of Trustees shall each year place a limit on the Society‚Äôs total annual expenditure for the office of president and president- elect.

All other officers, councilors, trustees, members of the Judicial Council, delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association or an alternate delegate who, at the direction of the Council, attends a meeting of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association, members of commissions and committees of the Council, and of all special committees, members of the Medical Society of the State of New York appointed by the president or the Council to carry out special assignments for the State Society, and employees of the State Society shall be allowed traveling expenses when engaged on official business. Members for life of the House of Delegates, delegates of the district branches, and student members, sitting in the House of Delegates, shall be allowed necessary expenses by the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Component county medical societies of the Medical Society of the State of New York and recognized specialty societies shall be reimbursed by the State Society with a per diem allowance of not less than $100 per day for each day the House is in session for each delegate registered at the convention hotel.*  The Council, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, shall determine the per diem allowance on an annual basis.

Each component county medical society shall also be reimbursed by the Medical Society of the State of New York with an allowance of up to 50% of travel expenses, but not to exceed an amount to be set by the Board of Trustees each year for one delegate to attend the Young Physicians Section Annual Assembly.

Proper vouchers must be filed with the secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York before any of the above allowances shall be made.

There shall be no allowances for the expenses, traveling or otherwise, for members of any reference committee.

Each district branch shall be entitled to receive a sum in accordance with the number of members in the district branch.  The maximum allowable amount shall be $1,000 to district branches of less than 1,000 members; $2,000 to district branches of more than 999 but less than 2,000 members; $3,000 to district branches of more than 1,999 but less than 4,000 members; $5,000 to district branches of more than 3,999 members, exclusive of the work done by the Medical Society of the State of New York regarding notices, programs, and so on, to defray the expenses of such district branch, provided a proper statement of such expenses shall have been presented to the secretary.

All bills, claims, or vouchers herein provided for shall be filed within thirty days after the date of the incurring of such expense.  This time may be extended for any cause by the Board of Trustees.

*Effective as of Annual Meeting of House of Delegates for 1987.