One of the most important services an association provides its members is an effective governmental affairs program.
If your chapter doesn’t already have a governmental affairs committee or a legislative committee, you should create one and set some basic criteria for membership on the committee. You may choose to have the members of the committee appointed by the president or executive committee of the chapter, or you may chose to open the committee to broader membership.
If your chapter covers a fairly large geographic area, you might consider including location as a criteria for membership on the committee. Having most or all of the members of the committee from one small area within a much larger region limits the chances that the committee represents the views of all of the members of the chapter and also limits potential relationships with a wide range of elected officials and other decision makers.
In order to help, we have created the NARPM Legislative Committee Chapter Chair Handbook. Go to NARPM Member Legislative Resources to download the handbook. (You must be logged in to Members Only to view this handbook.)
NARPM National can assist chapters with calls to action on state and local issues. These need to be requested and approved by the Chapter President or Legislative/Governmental Affairs Chair.
For more information or to request a call to action, please contact the NARPM Governmental Affairs team at firstname.lastname@example.org.