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Entries in Industry Defense Fund (6)

Thursday
May222014

How IHRSA Protects Clubs from Bad Legislation

Every year, short-sighted legislation that threatens health club operations and profitability is introduced in state legislatures. Some of these bills threaten your ability to automatically renew your membership contracts, or hire personal trainers. Others raise the cost of selling and servicing memberships, jeopardizing your member retention and sales.

As the sole organization advocating for the interests of the club industry, IHRSA is extremely effective in protecting IHRSA member clubs, with a near flawless record of defeating harmful legislation and short-sighted tax proposals.

IHRSA Takes Action When and Where Needed

To protect clubs in all 50 states from harmful legislation and tax proposals, IHRSA researches and monitors bills in all 50 states, strategizes with lobbyists, testiļ¬es before legislative committees, meets with lawmakers, and organizes legislative campaigns with constituent club operators.

See the 2014 Industry Leadership Report to learn more.

To date, IHRSA has been extremely successful defeating or stopping this harmful legislation. However, if any one of those bills were to pass, if even one of those proposals to tax membership, regulate personal trainers or prohibit automatic renewals had gone into effect, health clubs would be operating in a much more hostile business environment than they currently enjoy.

IHRSA has had the Necessary Resources

Thanks to the members of the Industry Leadership Council (ILC) and their contributions, IHRSA has had the resources to stay on top of harmful legislation. Thank you ILC members!

Monday
Jul222013

North Carolina's tax reform deal will not include health clubs' levy

North Carolina's Senate chambersAfter months of debate, with information provided by IHRSA, North Carolina lawmakers passed a tax code overhaul late last week that will be music to the ears of the health and fitness club industry in the Tar Heel State.

House Bill 998 will expand North Carolina’s sales tax base, however, it will not impose the tax on health club dues and services. 

For more information about legal and legislative issues in your state, as well as other IHRSA advocacy efforts - including the Industry Defense Fund, which helps fund the efforts - visit www.ihrsa.org/advocacy (some material may be for members only).

For more on North Carolina HB 998, click here.

Wednesday
Jul032013

Thanks to those who contributed to IDF

IHRSA would like to thank all of the members who contributed to the Industry Defense Fund for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

The Industry Defense Fund allows IHRSA to promote the fitness industry with positive state and federal legislation, protect the industry and your business from legislation that could be harmful, and grow the industry through health and activity promotion.

Led by Diamond Contributors of $100,000 or more, Anytime Fitness Corporate and Franchisees, Curves International and L.A. Fitness International, close to 100 members pitched in.

Even though the fiscal year is finished it doesn't mean we have stopped taking contributions. Donate today!

For a complete list of those who contributed, visit www.ihrsa.org/contributors. For more on the IDF, visit www.ihrsa.org/industry-defense-fund.

Monday
Jun102013

IHRSA not quite at Industry Defense Fund goal

In 2012 IHRSA successfully defeated all the bills that were potentially harmful to the fitness industry. Seeing there were more than 13,000 bills that had to be analyzed, a lot of time and effort was needed.

The Industry Defense Fund allows IHRSA to work on your club's behalf when these bills come up. Also, IHRSA works to promote your business with positive state and federal legislation and grow the industry through health and activity promotion.

IHRSA is currently accepting donations to the Industry Defense Fund. Click here to donate and for more information on the use of the fund.

So far IHRSA has collected more than $520,000 from 60 companies, representing 5,000 clubs and seven suppliers. We know there are more out there!

 

Tuesday
May072013

Contribute to the Industry Defense Fund

In 2012 IHRSA successfully defeated all the bills that were potentially harmful to the fitness industry. Seeing there were more than 13,000 bills that had to be analyzed, a lot of time and effort was needed.

The Industry Defense Fund allows IHRSA to work on your club's behalf when these bills come up. Also, IHRSA works to promote your business with positive state and federal legislation and grow the industry through health and activity promotion.

IHRSA is currently accepting donations to the Industry Defense Fund. Click here to donate and for more information on the use of the fund.

 

Friday
Jun292012

Donate to IHRSA's Industry Defense Fund

Supporting IHRSA's Advocacy efforts to promote and protect health clubs - promoting health promotion or tax credit legislation, educating lawmakers about our industry's answer to the obesity and healthcare crisis, organizing advocacy days for health club operators to visit their lawmakers, leading grassroots (phone/letter/e-mail) campaigns, providing expert testimony, etc. - by pledging to the 2012 Campaign for the Industry Defense Fund.

Pledge by June 30 and join over 80 club and supplier companies representing almost 9,000 clubs.

Click here to donate.