In Washington, IHRSA defeated an effort that would have required health clubs to comply with burdensome permitting regulations. The bill specifically targeted for-profit clubs with a redundant inspection program. IHRSA created a grassroots campaign motivating local health clubs to take action leading to the successful defeat of this punitive proposal.
In New Mexico and Maryland, we defeated proposals to restrict automatic renewal within membership contracts. IHRSA supports contract provisions that allow for the 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.
Still Room for Concern
While we have seen several impressive wins for the industry, there are still 15 states left in session, and IHRSA remains vigilant against any and all potential threats that could yet develop.
For instance, we’re currently monitoring bills in North Carolina and New York that would restrict automatic renewals. The New York bill passed the Senate chamber so be sure to keep an eye out for news from us as it moves through the Assembly.
In New Hampshire, there was a bill that sought to restrict how businesses can use biometric data. We are seeing an increased number of bills attempting to regulate biometrics, and the New Hampshire bill goes further than many other states. IHRSA opposes legislation like this, and fortunately, due to strong opposition—including from IHRSA—consideration of this bill has been delayed until January 2020.