The NCDS and the ADA are constantly monitoring and advocacting for the issues that affect dental health care and the dental profession, which is made possible due your support and to the majority of dentists we represent.
Dentists: Know the process…..know your legislators in North Carolina and congressional delegation in Washington. Contact your legislators and introduce yourself today. Get to know them before you need them!
Suppose a bill negatively affecting the practice of dentistry is introduced in the NC General Assembly?
Suppose a bill negatively affecting the practice of dentistry is introduced in the United States Congress?
What happens to these bills?
How do we respond as a profession?
How do we respond as individuals?
North Carolina’s Legislature (the General Assembly) and US Congress (federal) each have two separate groups of publicly elected officials – the House and Senate. A bill is introduced by an elected representative on the floor of either the House or Senate and is then referred by the Speaker of the House or by the President of the Senate to a committee for action, study, hearings, etc. The committee process traditionally moves slowly as it was designed to do by the Founding Fathers to give each issue an opportunity to be debated by all sides, including public citizen input.
The committee is where the action is! YOUR voice can be heard by that committee either by writing to the Chairperson expressing your views or requesting to appear in person in the appropriate place, Raleigh or Washington, DC to acquaint legislators with your viewpoint. It is also important to meet with your legislator(s) and Congressperson(s) while they are back home on weekends and during breaks in sessions. Remember, the opposing side of the issue in which you are interested is doing all of the above!
Reach out to State legislators and Congresspersons and find out who serves on Committees:
For specific information on official NC Dental Society policy on issues, please contact Lisa Ward, 919-234-4027 or 800-662-8754, ext. 124; fax 919-677-1397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org