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Advocacy Affairs

Legislative and Regulatory Trends

scales-for-legislative-pageNPA tracks the activities of the legislature and governmental entities to determine general trends regarding issues related to the Association’s interests. These trends reflect the ideas and efforts of policy makers over time and suggest areas in which information or advocacy may be needed. Observation of trends allows NPA to prepare members and policy makers for policy changes that may be pursued by the NPA or others in the future.

Legislative Proposals

Over 1000 bills are introduced in the legislature each session. Many bills include proposed changes in the law that affect issues related to psychology and may have a positive or negative impact on the public. NPA’s Legislative Committee, along with NPA’s professional lobbyist, reviews these bills for content of interest to NPA. The Legislative Committee may recommend that NPA support or oppose proposed legislation as appropriate. Throughout the legislative session, bills are monitored with consideration given to whether any action is needed. When needed, NPA members, other involved parties, or the professional lobbyist may be called upon to contact legislators to provide information.

Initiatives

When the Association determines that changes in law or administrative policy are warranted, those changes may be pursued. Legislators or other policy makers may be contacted to discuss proposed changes, and strategies for achieving the desired changes are developed. As a result, proposed legislation, or other policy initiatives, may be generated.  NPA White Paper

To become involved or find out more about the NPA Legislative Committee contact: Lisa Linning, Ph.D. (Legislative Committee Chair Southern Region) and Melanie Crawford, Ph.D. (Legislative Committee Chair Northern Region)

For information on Federal Advocacy efforts contact: Melanie Crawford, Ph.D. (Federal Advocacy Coordinator)

Information on current and past Legislative Activities and BDRs can be viewed in more detail below.

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Legislative Committee

As co-chairs of the Legislative Committee, we want to thank our lobbyist, Bryan Gresh, and our Committee members for keeping on top of the session. If anyone has a question or would like us to look into a Bill, please send either of us an email: Lisa Linning, Ph.D. and Melanie Crawford, Ph.D.

 2017: 79th Legislative Session

NPA Bill Tracking Report (as of 05/26/2017)

2015: 78th Legislative Session

News from our Lobbyist, Bryan Gresh:

CAPITOL CORNER (brief newsletter providing perspective of life in the Legislature by our Lobbyist, Bryan Gresh of KLGA):

Prior Legislative Sessions