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!
BY COURTNEY GILSTRAP LEVINUS, AMA INTERIM PRESIDENT/CEO
Just a few weeks ago, the 53rd Legislature started, and we are off to a fast start. As you have seen in the local news, our Legislature includes a few new faces and we are preparing for a big election season ahead in Arizona. This session, our Phoenix and Tucson Government Affairs Committees have been working on a few key issues including the long standing issue of dealing with a resident’s abandoned personal property.
Around Arizona, we are expecting some major shifts in roles in Phoenix, and at the Federal level. Later this year, we will have at least a few new faces representing us at the national level with an open Senate seat and at least three congressional seats. We also anticipate significant changes at the City of Phoenix with Mayor Greg Stanton resigning soon to run for congress. It is anticipated that Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Councilwoman Kate Gallego will also both resign to run for the Mayor’s seat creating vacancies in their districts. We are following these changes carefully and will be getting active in races to support candidates who understand and support our industry.
If you’re not actively involved with the Government Affairs Committee, there are still many ways for you to stay involved. I hope you will continue to use our website as a resource for endorsements. Our AMA Political Action Committee (AMAPAC) carefully reviews candidates running for office in our key markets and we make endorsements in those races. Please share this information with your colleagues and friends as well. You can also make investments in our AMAPAC and the Better Government Fund Arizona can take contributions from corporations as well.
I hope you will make time to get involved in our efforts by contributing, attending a special event with us, and voting in the upcoming elections!
Thanks to all of the Tributes judges who are interviewing hundreds of nominees for this year’s awards. It’s exciting to meet so many talented professionals and we are grateful for the commitment of our judges! Thank you for your time and expertise! Congratulations to all of our amazing Tribute finalists, we are looking forward to celebrating you at the Tribute Awards Dinner this year on Friday, May 11.
AMA INTRODUCES BILL ON ABANDONED PERSONAL PROPERTY
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