Every year, short-sighted legislation that threatens the profitability of health clubs is introduced in state legislatures. Some of these bills threaten aclub's ability to automatically renew membership contracts, or hire personal trainers. Others raise the costs of selling and servicing memberships, jeopardizing member retention and sales.
IHRSA’s Advocacy staff and team of expert lobbyists work around-the-clock to protect clubs from this harmful legislation.
How Does IHRSA Protect Clubs from Bad Legislation?
Plan and Anticipate
While it’s impossible to completely predict the future, IHRSA’s Advocacy team is able to anticipate most of these legislative threats through intelligence gathering, strategic planing and analysis of historic trends.
Take Action When and Where Needed
To protect clubs in all 50 states from this harmful legislation and taxes, IHRSA researches and monitors bills in all 50 states, strategizes with lobbyists, testiﬁes before legislative committees, meets with lawmakers, organizes legislative meetings, and runs campaigns with constituent club operators.
IHRSA has been extremely effective in defending club operations, with a near flawless record of defeating harmful legislation and short-sighted tax proposals.
Since 2009, IHRSA has successfully stopped 97 out of the 100 legislative threats faced! (The three defeats are two locker room privacy bills and a Washington DC Sales Tax.)
Speaking of Protection, here's IHRSA's record of protecting your business from harmful regulations:
- 2009 - 22 victories
- 2010 - 31 victories
- 2011 - 19 victories
- 2012 - 13 victories
- 2013 - 11 victories (and we've been successful preventing bills from being introduced the past few years)
- 2014 mid-session report coming soon
Threats in 2014
For 2014, IHRSA conducted a legislative assessment of all 50 states, based on the historical knowledge and legislative tracking of IHRSA’s government relations team, with intelligence from IHRSA’s lobbyists in California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
From that assessment, IHRSA created a 2014 Legislative Threat Report for IHRSA members.
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.