AAN Amends Bylaws to Form Professional Association

May 7, 2007

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At the May 1 AAN business meeting in Boston, members voted unanimously to change the AAN bylaws, enabling the formation of a new American Academy of Neurology Professional Association (AANPA). The AANPA is expected to establish a political action committee (PAC) to enhance the Academy’s advocacy work in Washington, DC.

"The AAN's advocacy efforts have made tremendous strides, but we can do even better by using more effective tools to get the job done," said Mark Yerby, MD, chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee. "With AAN members supporting the formation of a PAC the AAN will have one additional effective tool with which to open doors to better public health care policy. This benefits not only AAN members, but also our patients."

With membership approval of the bylaws change, the AAN will begin the process of implementation. Articles of incorporation and bylaws will be filed with the Minnesota secretary of state along with an application to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status. The initial meeting of the AANPA Board of Directors will take place in June, at which time a political action committee can be established. The expectation is that the PAC will be fully operational later in 2007 in order to solicit donations and to direct contributions for federal candidates in the 2008 election.

For more information on the AANPA or PAC, contact Mike Amery at mamery@aan.com or (202) 349-4299.