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Legislative Affairs Committee

AUA Staff Liaison

Sandie J. Preiss

Chair

James C. Ulchaker, MD (2011-2014)

Vice Chair

J. Bruce Robertson, MD

Terms of Office

Chair: 3-year term (renewable once)
Vice Chair: 3-year term and may ascend to Chair
Members: 3-year term (renewable once)

Committee Makeup

The Chair and Vice-Chair are appointed by the AUA President with input from the current Chair and the Health Policy Council. The Chair serves a three-year term and may be appointed for an additional term. The Vice-Chair also serves a three-year term and is the presumptive Chair; however, the ascension to Chair may be prevented for cause. The Committee is comprised of approximately 12 members, each appointed by the recommendation of the Health Policy Council to a three-year term with an option to renew for two additional terms. The UROPAC Chair and Vice-Chair serve by virtue of their office as voting members. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Health Policy Council serve as ex officio members.

Mission Statement

The Committee’s mission is to provide feedback to staff on the continual refinement of the legislative agenda and its execution, provide advice and guidance regarding new opportunities for urology’s involvement; personally represent the AUA on Capitol Hill, in their home districts, to the White House, and to federal agencies; communicate with fellow AUA members about issues critical to urology and engage in appropriate action when needed.

Committee Meetings

Annually attend the Urology Joint Advocacy Conference, the fall Health Policy Council meeting and in person at the AUA Annual Meeting. Teleconferences are held as needed. There is no per diem for committee members. Members will only be reimbursed for expenses, such as transportation and lodging for advocacy events for which they are specifically asked to represent the AUA.

Time Commitment

Chair: 60 hours annually
Member: 30 hours annually

Qualifications/ Responsibilities

Chair: The Chair should be politically savvy and have a working knowledge of the federal legislative process, have existing relationships with Members of Congress, and be willing to advocate for urology’s interests on Capitol Hill. Also, the Chair must be willing to engage fellow urologists and recruit grassroots physicians to advocate on behalf of the AUA’s legislative agenda and priorities.

Member: Committee membership should be comprised of physicians representing diverse geographic and political interests. Members should have existing relationships with Members of Congress or be willing to develop them accordingly and serve as an advocate for urology’s interests on Capitol Hill. Also, members must be willing to engage fellow urologists and recruit grassroots physicians to advocate on behalf of the AUA’s legislative agenda and priorities.

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