AEM launches state advocacy programAEM is launching a state government relations effort in 2017 to press industry priorities in statehouses across the country.

The expansion of AEM’s lobbying and advocacy efforts helps advance a Key Result Area (KRA) first identified by the AEM Board of Directors. AEM’s board identified the need to add resources to address state government relations issues after a proliferation of state legislation that affects the industry.

Stephanie See joined AEM late last year as the Association’s first-time staff member dedicated to engage with and lobby on state legislative issues. In addition, she has worked to assemble a new portal as a key resource for AEM members. See, who joined AEM from the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions where she also handled state issues, will spearhead AEM’s effort to expand into statehouses across the country.

“We’re excited to make this tool available to our members to help them sort through state laws that impact their businesses,” said See, AEM director, state government and industry relations. “I look forward to building relationships with AEM members and their dealers, and building additional resources to support our entire industry’s state advocacy initiatives.”

“We heard more and more from our members about how state legislation is just as important to business as legislation in Washington,” said AEM Senior Vice President for Government and Industry Relations Nick Yaksich. “We’re excited to have Stephanie on board to lead this strategic initiative. This new portal is just a first step toward providing members with additional resources to support an effective state advocacy effort.”

State Legislation Portal

One particular area of emphasis for See will involve tracking and responding to state legislation affecting manufacturers’ relationships with their dealers, as well as laws regarding access to some manufacturers’ proprietary service information.

To help AEM members keep track of developments on these issues and gain insight about state-level legislation and regulations that affect their businesses, AEM launched a major new resource that is now available at no cost to members.

The new portal – accessible here – contains (among other distribution law compliance tools):

  • An interactive map with links to the various state statutes that govern relationships with dealers, distributors and franchisees
  • Compliance materials from Foley’s Annual Law of Product Distribution & Franchise Seminar
  • Alerts about new state legislative proposals

AEM members can click here to register for the portal for free, or visit https://foleydistributionlink.com/how-to-sign-up/.

“We’re excited to make this tool available to our members to help them sort through state laws that impact their businesses,” See said.

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