[STATE] May 23, 2022: New York Passes Bill Expanding AED Requirements for Health Clubs
S.5262, a bill which would increase the number of health clubs required to maintain a functioning AED on premises, was passed by the New York State Legislature and will proceed to the governor to be signed into law.
The bill would reduce the membership threshold which requires health clubs to have a functioning AED on premises from 500 members to 50 members. The new law will go into effect 180 days after the governor signs it.
IHRSA has been in contact with the Governor's office to express concerns about the cost for smaller operators and liability protections for situations where an AED is not used.
IHRSA supports AED legislation that contains necessary liability protections—use and non-use—for club owners and their employees, reasonable staffing requirements for staffed and unstaffed clubs, and adequate compliance time.
[FEDERAL] May 19, 2022: Relief for Gyms Fails as Senate Small Business Relief Proposal Does Not Advance
Today, the Senate failed to advance the latest small business relief package proposed by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). S.4008 contained a $2 billion grant program specifically for the health and fitness industry.
Despite attracting support from both sides of the aisle with a 52-43 vote, the bill failed, as it did not accrue the 60 votes that are needed to advance a Senate bill for consideration.
Through hard work and determination, our industry got the GYMS Act introduced and won over 150 bipartisan sponsors in the House of Representatives and another 30 in the Senate.
The demonstration of congressional support, combined with earned press attention, helped us break through the noise in Washington, resulting in gyms being included in this package. None of this would have been possible without the work and support of all of you. WE THANK YOU.
While we are disappointed by the outcome, we are heartened that our industry now has a voice and a seat at the table. We look forward to working with our new champions in the House and Senate to continue strengthening our voice in Washington and work to build a brighter future for the industry.
[STATE] May 11, 2022: New Jersey to Consider Bill Regarding Online Health Club Contract Cancellation
Lawmakers in New Jersey recently filed A.3892, a bill which would require any health club contract which is entered into online to also be cancellable by the buyer online. Upon request of the buyer, a health club must provide a direct link which the buyer can use to cancel the contract online.
IHRSA will continue to monitor this bill and update you as it moves forward. IHRSA supports contract provisions that allow for automatic continuation of service at the end of the original term on a month-to-month, at-will basis, as they offer consumers increased choice and flexibility.
[STATE] May 5, 2022: New York AED Bill Recommended for Passage by Committee
S.5262, a bill we recently sent an alert on, would increase the number of New York health clubs required to maintain a functioning AED on premises. The bill was recommended for passage following a hearing in the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection.
The current policy requires health clubs with 500 members to have a functioning AED on premises. S.5262 would reduce the membership threshold to require all health clubs with 50 members to have an AED.
IHRSA supports AED legislation that contains necessary liability protections—use and non-use—for club owners and their employees, reasonable staffing requirements for staffed and unstaffed clubs, and adequate compliance time. IHRSA has raised concerns on this bill about the liability protection for non-use situations and cost for small operators to purchase and maintain an AED.
[STATE] May 5, 2022: Kentucky Legislature Overrides Veto, Passes Bill Expanding Sales Tax
Lawmakers in Kentucky recently overrode the Governor’s veto to pass H.B.8, a bill which expands the state sales tax to include, “personal fitness training services,” among over 50 other services.
The new law specifically refers to “personal fitness training services” as being subject to the 6% sales tax. The new tax will take effect on January 1, 2023.
IHRSA opposes the imposition of sales taxes for health club memberships and services, as they discourage citizens from pursuing healthy lifestyles.