Government Affairs Committee
The Government Affairs met at its appointed time and place. The Chair stressed that the SCP are the key to the final push to get the Toxic Exposure legislation through. Rick Wiedman and other members of the staff gave updates on various pieces of legislation and the status of other actions. Committee Chairs are asked to have any changes to the Legislative Agenda and Policy Initiative update to Bernie not later than close of business 15 January 2016. Sharon reported that our two national call-in days of November 4 and December 9, 2015 were a success. The effort netted 31 new sponsors to the Toxic Exposure legislation. Various techniques that could be used to get some of the more reluctant legislator to sign onto the toxic exposure bills were discussed. Committee chairs were asked submit their ideas to Sharon and we will put them together and get the information out to them. The SCP day on the hill was discussed and it was decided that a variety of actions could be taken to accommodate the various needs of the group. The seminar for the 2016 Leadership and Education Conference was discussed and it was decided that a hands on approach should be taken to insure that the maximum benefit was obtained be the participants. Two motions were discussed and passed to be voted on by the BOD. The committee chairs were informed that the President testimony before congress would be on March 4, 2016 at 1000 hours. All can attend are encouraged to do so.