Governmental Affairs Issues and Information
Local GA Chairs
The Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) is continuing to be active on national legislation and regulation that impacts safety and health, the profession, and the Society. In addition to these activities, the GAC is also committed to supporting your activities on the state level.
First, it is important that ASSE Governmental Affairs knows who the Governmental Affairs Chairs are in each chapter. If you are or know of a new Chair or are otherwise not getting regular governmental affairs information from ASSE, please let Dave Heidorn, Manager of Governmental Affairs and Policy, know at firstname.lastname@example.org. You or your GA Chair will be added to an e-mail list that is sent regular governmental affairs information.
A new GA Chair may also wish to review the GAC Handbook for information on the role of the Governmental Affairs Committee, GA Chairs, and staff. The Handbook is available electronically also by contacting Dave Heidorn at email@example.com.
Role of the GAC and Staff
The basic premise of ASSE's governmental affairs organization is that the GAC and staff provide support to the activities of the GA Chairs based on ASSE policy and priorities as determined by the GAC. GAC members are appointed by the Chair of the Council on Professional Affairs, which is an elected position and also serves on the ASSE Board of Directors.
Given staff and budget limitations, ASSE headquarters rarely works state governmental affairs issues directly. The intent is to provide information and strategic support for your activities. Therefore, it is crucial for the Chairs and other ASSE members in a state to be aware of the key issues in their state. If constituents in a state do not make their voices known, then there is little impact that a letter from headquarters in Chicago can have. It is up to you and your chapter, with our support, to be the voice for safety where you live.
Governmental Affairs Updates
Attached to this memo is the most recent Governmental Affairs Update, which generally is sent via electronic mail every two weeks to GA Chairs, the Board of Directors, CoPA, GAC and various other Society contacts. The GAC takes pride in this report, as it represents some of the best available, cutting edge federal and state governmental affairs information addressing safety and health. I strongly encourage you to review each report, share it with other ASSE members, take action when issues affect your members, and, in turn, share any related information you have with us through Dave Heidorn.
GAC members and national staff often are asked to speak about governmental affairs at chapter meetings and other functions. In a recent year, about fifty invitations to speak were extended by chapters. Funding for the travel alone to meet this kind of demand is not available. As a result, the following guidelines have been established to share the burden.