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Arkansas Legislature Adjourned for 2015

Arkansas lawmakers finished their work for 2015 without enacting any new rules for health clubs in the state. The legislature is currently in recess and will formally adjourn on April 22nd.

IHRSA carefully reviewed each introduced bill, searching for legislation that would impact the health club industry either positively or negatively, prepared to notify Arkansas clubs when advocacy is needed. 

Entering 2015, IHRSA was prepared to defend the Arkansas health club industry against an expansion of the state sales tax to include golf, tennis, and racquet clubs.  Legislation to that effect was introduced, however, the bill failed to advance.

IHRSA strongly opposes taxing health clubs. We believe that the government should promote regular exercise and encourage healthy lifestyles, rather than discourage them by taxing health club dues and services.

Additionally, IHRSA sought opportunities to advance legislation that would promote healthy living and opportunities to join a health club. We will continue to look for opportunities in the 2016 session.


Arkansas Looks to Tax Golf, Tennis and Racquet Clubs

Legislation was introduced last week in the Arkansas legislature that proposes to expand the state sales tax to golf, tennis and racquet clubs.
Introduced by state representative Greg Leding, House Bill 1930 would impose the state's 6.5 percent sales tax (base rate) on dues and membership fees paid to golf, tennis and/or racquet clubs.
The state already charges sales tax on the purchase of health club memberships.
IHRSA strongly opposes the tax on Arkansas' health clubs. We believe that government should encourage regular exercise and healthy lifestyles, not discourage them by taxing health club (including tennis and racquet clubs) memberships and services.