BY AMY SMITH MONTOYA, AMA BOARD CHAIR, BELLA INVESTMENTS
Each start of the new year brings with it a new legislative session at the Arizona Capitol. This month, our publication focuses on the advocacy efforts and programs in which we are involved locally and nationally. The AMA offers many benefits to our members, but none are as important as our role in the legislative and policymaking processes. In fact, the AMA was originally founded because of the need to have a voice in state and local regulations. As we often hear, “If you’re not at the table, you’re most likely what’s for lunch.”
Our industry has become a sophisticated and influential group. Our policy teams, at the local, state and national levels, work to educate and influence policymakers to protect our businesses and support our industry.
Even small changes in regulations can have large impacts on our everyday business operations. Our Government Affairs Committee regularly reviews many bills to see how our members might be impacted and recommends strategies to our local team. Your participation in AMAPAC, the AMA’s political action committee, allows our team access to key legislators.
At the national level, we can participate through NAA’s PAC to help educate policymakers. Like our local PAC, the NAA’s PAC invests in key races and candidates who understand and support our industry and those dollars can make their way into races here in Arizona. With many key congressional and senate seats open, we may see more investments here from the national association. I urge you, and your company through our Better Government Fund (BGF), to invest in these committees and support our important advocacy efforts on your behalf!
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