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The Government Affairs Committee oversees and coordinates the government affairs activities and programs of the Association. They aim to better the industry by identifying legislative and regulatory issues, making recommendations on political appointees and by encouraging changes to regulations and local political issues.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recommends association policy on legislative, regulatory, and legal issues to the Board of Directors

  • Monitors and tracks government activities and issues that may have an impact on the industry; conducts research where necessary

  • Develops personal relationships with public (municipal, county, regional, state, and national) officials

  • Develops and coordinates local legislative and regulatory goals and strategies; develops a system to prioritize issues according to their importance, ability to succeed and impact on association resources

  • Prepares regular communications regarding actions by local government for distribution to members

  • Develops and implements a system to alert members regarding pending government issues of interest to industry

  • Oversees a political action committee to raise funds to assist candidates for local office

  • Develops solutions to industry problems in cooperation with elected and appointed officials

  • Develops a political education program designed to urge members to participate in the electoral process

  • Develops programs for association meetings involving government affairs issues, including participation by leading appointed and elected officials

  • Identifies members to testify before boards, commissions, and committees regarding industry issues; also identifies members interested in serving as an appointed or elected public official

  • Acts as the liaison with state and national government affairs committees and garners support among local members for state and national initiatives

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