Hearings are open to all Individual Members
and other ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition participants. At the hearings
there are opportunities to discuss and debate each resolution referred to the
committee. Only ADEA members may speak; however, Reference Committee chairs have
the authority to decide whether a nonmember may speak. A Reference Committee
chair cannot permit motions or votes at hearings because Reference Committees
are intended only to receive information and opinions. Further, a chair may not
debate points, either at the hearing or the Closing Session of the ADEA HOD.
Reference Committee must recommend action to the ADEA HOD on each resolution,
even if there is no discussion at the hearing. If there is no discussion, a
Reference Committee does not necessarily recommend approval of a resolution; it
can recommend another action. Reference Committees have considerable
authority—they may recommend the adoption of a resolution, the rejection of a
resolution, to amend and adopt the amended resolution or refer the resolution
to the ADEA Board of Directors for further study. Action on a resolution cannot
be postponed beyond the close of that year’s House of Delegates.
following their hearings, the Reference Committees write reports recommending
specific actions on each resolution. The report writing sessions are closed.
Each committee should briefly explain its recommendations in its report, noting
the reasons for agreement or disagreement with the original recommendations.
These reports are presented at the Closing Session of the House.