Funds / Dues / Expenses


ARTICLE XIV.  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.


ARTICLE XV. DUES

The annual dues shall be determined by the House of Delegates.

Assessments can be levied by the House of Delegates or the Council and shall be payable within a period of time specified by them.  The Council, with the approval of the Board of Trustees and the affected county medical society, is authorized to waive, for a period not to exceed three years, the requirements regarding the payment of dues as provided in this article in the performance of any pilot membership projects.

The dues and assessments of all active members entering practice for the first time, shall be one-half the amount levied on all other active members for the first two years of practice; full dues shall be paid after the first two years of practice.  Once an active member pays full dues, he shall no longer qualify for half-dues status.  The dues and assessments of post-medical graduate members shall be one-tenth the amount paid by the full active dues paying members.  The dues and assessments of resident members shall be not more than one-tenth the amount paid by the full active dues paying members.  The dues and assessments of retired members shall be one-half of the amount paid by the active full dues paying member.

Life and honorary members shall not be required to pay dues or assessments to the Medical Society of the State of New York.

The dues and assessments of affiliate members shall be one half the amount levied on full dues paying active members.

Annual dues are due and payable on the first day of January each year.  The dues year shall coincide with the calendar year, January 1 to December 31.

Any member, except a member who is eligible for and has applied for life membership, whose component county medical society and State Society dues are unpaid after February 1 of any current year or whose assessments are unpaid by the specified time is not in good standing and shall be deemed to be in arrears.

A member whose dues are unpaid after March 1 of any current year or whose assessments are unpaid one month after the specified date may be dropped from the roles of membership of his component county medical society and the Medical Society of the State of New York upon reasonable notice to such member by his component county medical society or the State Society.  In the case of nonpayment of dues, the reasonable notice to be provided shall commence on February 1, or as soon as possible thereafter, upon the determination that such member is in arrears.

Dues and State Society assessments of a member elected or reinstated after October 1 shall be credited to the succeeding year, but no member dropped for nonpayment of assessments shall be reinstated until he has, in addition, paid his assessments for the year in which he was dropped.

Upon reinstatement to membership, the period of time in which membership had been dropped shall be considered a lapse in consecutive years of membership for the purpose of determining eligibility for life membership in accordance with Article II, Section 1, paragraph 6 of these Bylaws unless the reinstated member in addition pays the dues and assessments that accrued during the period in which membership had been dropped, in which case it shall be deemed that there was no lapse in consecutive years of membership for the purpose of determining eligibility for life membership.

The dues of an active or student member of the State Society may be remitted for the current year by action by the Council on account of illness, financial hardship, or temporary active service in the armed forces of the United States or in the United States Public Health Service, when the request for such remission is made by the member’s component county medical society, except in the case of student members who shall make application for remission directly to the secretary.  Such a request shall be accompanied by a brief summary of the reasons therefor.  Remission of dues due to illness or financial hardship shall be reviewed annually.

Notwithstanding the terms of Articles II and XV of these Bylaws, the House of Delegates or the Council may establish schedules for the prorated payment of dues for new members who have never previously been members of the Medical Society of the State of New York.  Such prorated dues payments established by the House of Delegates or the Council may only be exercised by the new members in the year that they apply for membership.

Notwithstanding the terms of Articles II and XV of these Bylaws, the House of Delegates or the Council may establish schedules for multiple year dues options for student members.


ARTICLE XVI.  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’s 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.