ACA Legislative Council
The Legislative Council was formed to oversee and support the association’s legislative and regulatory agenda, particularly at the federal level. The council’s charter, which outlines its purpose and primary responsibilities, is available on ACA’s website.
The council consists of members from various divisions of ACA’s membership. With the assistance of three additional non-voting members and ACA staff, the group meets to discuss legislative and regulatory matters and considers them for possible action.
This often requires communication with government officials and their staff, either in person or in writing, to get more information on specific issues. In addition, council members provide critical input on behalf of ACA members with regards to official statements and testimony filed by the association. Finally, the council is responsible for identifying industry priorities and directing ACA staff efforts accordingly.
ACA Interstate Committee
The Interstate Committee was commissioned to assist association units and members by improving the legal and regulatory climate in which members do business. The committee’s charter, which outlines its purpose and primary responsibilities, is available on ACA’s website. This committee consists of ten voting members from various divisions of ACA’s membership. The committee increases its visibility and support to state units through better communication and financial involvement. While the primary role of the committee is to act as a resource for state units in promoting or defeating state legislation and regulations, it also monitors and discusses issues that could have a negative impact on ACA’s members from an interstate perspective. In addition, the committee administers the State Action Fund.
The committee is currently structured such that each committee member acts as a liaison to certain states (usually in regional format if permitted by the committee members). Each committee member attempts to reach out to his or her assigned region to assist in local grassroots initiatives. Committee members also assist the state government affairs program in identifying areas of concern at the state level, preparing position papers, communicating with state units as to the status of current projects, and presenting educational and training opportunities.
ACA State Units can find their committee member liaison by viewing the 2012-2013 State Committee Liaison Assignment Chart.