So before Halloween hits, we’re already monitoring pre-filed bills in a number of states.
Pre-filing rules vary from state to state and chamber to chamber. In some states, only the House or Senate may allow pre-filing. Only three states (California, Michigan, and Wisconsin) prohibit pre-filing bills in both chambers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In many states, legislative sessions only last a few short months, so allowing lawmakers to file bills ahead of time maximizes efficiency, ensuring that the relatively few legislative session days available are used for debate and deliberation instead of procedure.
Why We’re On Alert
For instance, just a few weeks ago, Kentucky pre-filed Bill Request 76, which would exempt consumers of fitness at nonprofit institutions from paying the recently enacted sales tax. IHRSA promptly wrote a letter to the bill’s sponsor, requesting an exemption in the proposed legislation for all fitness services, not just nonprofit ones.
This instance is an example of how pre-filed bills give the organizations tracking them time and opportunity to respond and actively be a part of the development process. IHRSA monitors pre-filed bills and reacts as necessary to protect club owners throughout the country.
Pushing PHIT Forward
The primaries are over, and with midterm elections approaching, your senators are likely to be back in their districts for events and campaigning. Given the November election, their offices should be eager to hear from constituents. Take this opportunity to speak with your senators at events or contact their office and let them know why you care about passing PHIT.
We have resources and statistics that can help you advocate for PHIT. Ask your Senator how they stay active with their busy schedules and talk about how important exercise is in your life. Developing a relationship with your legislator is easy and can pay dividends.
Contact your senator today!