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The Legislative Report blog provides timely information on federal and state legislation and regulations and state trends as well as the myriad issues affecting the private club industry. A companion to CMAA's Legislative website, this resource should be your first stop for any information regarding legal, tax or legislative club-specific issues.

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Expanding the Advocacy Resources

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Key State LegislationClubindustryvotes.org, CMAA’s Grassroots Advocacy website, has relaunched with expanded information and abilities. The new site adds dynamic state-level information with tracked legislation and legislators.

Through the website, all CMAA members will be able to easily access:

  • Currently Tracked Federal Bills and Regulations
  • Key State Bills (New!!!)
  • Directory of Federal and State Legislators (New!!!)
  • Action Alerts on CMAA-Tracked Issues
  • Non-Partisan Election and Voter Registration Information

As well, Chapters, through their Managing Directors and Legislative Chairmen, will have the opportunity to collaborate with CMAA on state-related Action Alerts (contact forms) and more.

This resource, coupled with the Legislative Report and webinar series providing timely compliance information on the regulations impacting clubs, will now comprise CMAA’s robust advocacy initiative. Get started now to make your voice heard.

Industry Converges for Eighth Annual National Golf Day

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4_17_15_2On Wednesday, April 15, representatives of the We Are Golf coalition, including the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the National Club Association (NCA) converged on Capitol Hill for the eighth annual National Golf Day to share the industry’s economic, environmental, health and charitable benefits as well as to lobby on issues of chief importance to our industry. Read more...


Seventh Annual National Golf Day Extends Beyond Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, May 21, representatives of the We Are Golf coalition, including the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the National Golf Course Owners Association and The PGA of America, converged on Capitol Hill for the seventh annual National Golf Day to share the industry’s economic, environmental, health and charitable benefits. The events of the day kicked off with an appearance from golf icon, Jack Nicklaus.

CMAA was represented by Vice President Tony D’Errico, CCM, CCE, and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Singerling, CCM. More than 75 individuals participated in Washington, DC, in approximately 85 Congressional visits and meetings. As well, representatives met with The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Outside of the Beltway, thousands of other individuals nationwide supported the event through social media, specifically using the #NGD14 hashtag. Participants and supporters shared great messages about this industry and our contributions including:

  • Economic: Golf is a $68.8 billion US industry, supporting nearly two million jobs with an annual wage income of $55.6 billion.
  • Fitness: Golfers exceed 10K steps and burn up to 2,000 calories during a round of golf.
  • Charitable: Golf raises more for charity than the MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA. 
  • Sustainability: Golf courses account for more than 2 million acres of green space in the US and fewer than 15 percent of golf facilities utilize municipal water supplies.

In an interview, CEO Jim Singerling, CCM, shared the economic story of golf and the ripple effect on the community. View the entire interview.

Learn more about the 2014 National Golf Day and view photos from the event on CMAA’s Facebook page.  

National Golf Day Focuses Industry’s Contributions

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NGD 2013 - Tony D'Errico and Damon DiOrio - 175wDuring the sixth annual National Golf Day on Tuesday, April 16, CMAA, in cooperation with its partners in the WE ARE GOLF coalition, met with Members of Congress to share the industry’s economic, environmental, health and charitable benefits. CMAA was represented by Vice President Damon DiOrio, CCM, CCE, and Secretary-Treasurer Tony D’Errico, CCM, CCE, and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Singerling, CCM.

CMAA was involved in meetings with Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) as well as the offices of Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ). In the Senate, CMAA representatives met with the offices of Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The focus of the meetings was to thank the co-sponsors for HR6683, disaster relief legislation which was introduced in the last session of Congress. This bill has yet to be reintroduced in this session of Congress but momentum is already building following a letter from Congressman Joe Crowley to Speaker of the House John Boehner urging movement to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Disaster relief was the uniting issue that led the golf industry to create WE ARE GOLF. On December 21, 2005, President Bush signed the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act, which was designed to help businesses re-establish in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Taxpayers were permitted bonus depreciation, allowed to expense demolition costs and given additional time to carryback net operating losses for expenses related to the disaster. However, golf was excluded from taking advantage of these rebuilding benefits.

The day was comprised of more than 100 individuals participating in Washington, DC, in approximately 115 Congressional visits and meetings. Thousands of other individuals supported the event through social media, specifically the #iamgolf campaign on Twitter.

NGD 2013 - Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY)Participants and supporters shared great messages about this industry and our contributions including:

  • At nearly $69 billion, golf’s economic impact exceeds that of spectator sports, the performing arts, and the amusement and recreation industries.
  • Golf is key to the economic vitality of many states and localities, providing nearly two million jobs and $55.6 billion in annual wage income.
  • The game’s charitable impact is approximately $3.9 billion per year. As a fundraising vehicle, the game includes an estimated 12,000 golf facilities, 143,000 events, 12 million participants and raises $26,300 average per function. Golf’s annual philanthropic contributions are more than the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB combined.

Learn more about the 2013 National Golf Day.

What Will 2013 Bring? Annual Legislative & Regulatory Forecast

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Pile of Papers - 175wForecasting is not an exact science. Take the weather for example. How many times does the TV weatherman get it right? But none the less, here are some issues clubs should pay attention to this coming year. Some of this might sound repetitive from 2012. Being a Presidential election year, 2012 was a year of inaction for both Congress and the regulatory agencies. The most significant events in 2012 for clubs were the Supreme Court’s action in upholding the Affordable Care Act and the deferrals of the H-2B Wage Rule and the swimming pool and spa provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. more... 

 

National Golf Day Focuses on Disaster Relief and Conservation Easements

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During the fifth annual National Golf Day on Wednesday, April 18, CMAA, in cooperation with its partners in the WE ARE GOLF  coalition, met with Members of Congress to share stories and data about golf’s diverse businesses, employees, tax revenue creation, tourism and charitable benefits and environmental leadership. CMAA was represented by Board Members, Damon DiOrio, CCM, CCE, and Tony D’Errico, CCM, CCE, and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Singerling, CCM. CMAA was involved in meetings with Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as well as the offices of Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). The focus of the meetings was to thank and expand co-sponsor support for HR2718 and S1456, the Disaster Tax Act of 2011, and HR1964, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act.   more...