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ASSE Government Affairs. Dave Heidorn Manager of Government Affairs and Policy dheidorn@asse.org 847/768-3406. This will be about two things…. One For better or for worse, ASSE’s state government affairs is a volunteer system If YOU don’t do it, it won’t get done. Two

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asse government affairs

ASSE Government Affairs

Dave Heidorn

Manager of Government Affairs and Policy

dheidorn@asse.org

847/768-3406

this will be about two things
This will be about two things…

One

For better or for worse, ASSE’s state government affairs is a volunteer system

If YOU don’t do it, it won’t get done

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Two

Government affairs is all about influence

And you may be surprised at how much you can have…if YOU want it

how does a safety pro do safety
How does a safety pro do safety?
  • Find out what the problem is
  • Figure out the facts
  • Apply the facts if possible
  • If the facts aren’t applicable, figure out something that works
  • Communicate
  • Walk the job
how does a government affairs pro do government affairs
How does a government affairs pro do government affairs?
  • Find out what the problem is or, better, create a problem
  • Figure out the facts
  • Apply the facts if possible
  • If the facts aren’t applicable, say something anyway
  • Communicate
  • Walk the halls
pretty much the same
Safety Pro

Find out the problem

Figure out the facts

Apply the facts if possible

If the facts aren’t applicable, figure out something that works

Communicate

Walk the job

GA Pro

Find/create a problem

Figure out the facts

Apply the facts if possible

If the facts aren’t applicable, say something anyway

Communicate

Walk the halls

Pretty much the same
asse has a system
ASSE has a system

It’s called YOU

asse s system of volunteers
ASSE’s system of volunteers

Board of Directors

including Regional Vice Presidents

*

Council on Professional Affairs

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Government Affairs Committee

asse government affairs committee
ASSE Government Affairs Committee
  • Chair, Emory Knowles, Maryland
  • John Clark, New Jersey
  • Don Garman, New York
  • Ed Granberry, Florida
  • Dianna Pressmann, Pennsylvania
  • Jon Turnipseed, California
and more
…and more
  • Keith Vidal, Missouri – CoPS Liaison
  • President-Elect – Gene Barfield, Louisiana
ga on the staff side
GA on the staff side

Manager of Gov’t Affairs and Policy

Me

*

part-time Federal Representative

Adele Abrams, Esq.

who reports to me

reporting to
…reporting to

Director of Professional Affairs

Bob DeSiervo

*

who reports to the

Executive Director

Fred Fortman

asse volunteer ga is based on a regional organization
ASSE Volunteer GA is based on a regional organization

Regional Vice President

*

(Regional GA Chair)

*

Regional Operating Committee

*

Chapters in a state

and at the chapter level
…and at the chapter level

Chapter President

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Chapter Government Affairs Chair

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Members

by the current asse rules
By the current ASSE rules…

If you want to take a position on a bill or reg, working with the RVP…

  • Get the agreement of all the chapters in a state
  • Get the agreement of the Regional Operation Committee
  • Get the agreement of the national GAC
problems you have to deal with
Problems you have to deal with…
  • Getting consensus from all the chapters…not a problem in Minnesota but a problem in California
  • Timeliness
  • Members and chapters spread out over long distances and away from state capitols
  • Who’s in charge?
how to anticipate those problems
How to anticipate those problems
  • Communications
  • Organization
  • Meetings
  • Activity
for whom do you speak
For whom do you speak?
  • You cannot speak for ASSE without going through that approval process
  • You can always speak for yourself
who do you represent
Who do you represent?
  • The safety professional
  • The safety profession
  • The Society
remember what a safety ga pro does
Remember what a safety GA pro does…
  • Find/create a problem
  • Figure out the facts
  • Apply the facts if possible
  • If the facts aren’t applicable, say something anyway
  • Communicate
  • Walk the halls
1 find create a problem
1. Find/create a problem
  • Newspapers, TV and radio
  • The grapevine
  • ASSE State Legislative and Regulatory Activities Report
  • ASSE GA Update
  • Other organizations and associations
2 figure out the facts
2. Figure out the facts
  • ASSE State Legislative and Regulatory Activities Report
  • ASSE GA Update
  • State government web sites
  • The grapevine
  • The newspaper
  • Call your legislator or regulator
3 apply the facts if possible
3. Apply the facts if possible
  • Put something in writing. Make a statement.
  • The rule of three
  • The better rule of one
  • Less is always more
  • Never lie
4 if the facts aren t applicable say something anyway
4. If the facts aren’t applicable, say something anyway
  • Facts rarely win in the realm of public affairs
  • It’s about the gray matter, not the black and white
  • Get something on the record
5 communicate
5. Communicate!

Once you have a statement, you can send it to anyone.

  • By e-mail
  • By hand
  • By telephone
  • To media outlets
figure out who you want to see your message
Figure out who you want to see your message
  • Other ASSE members
  • The legislator or regulator
  • Other legislators or regulators
  • Their bosses
  • Other associations and related professionals
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Legislators’ underlings
  • Legislators’ spouses and friends
  • Newspapers
  • The public
  • Your company
6 walk the halls
6. Walk the halls
  • Say or write something nice to a legislator or regulator. They’re human. They want to hear supportive things.
  • Figure out a day and go to the capitol and walk the halls
  • Call ahead to the sponsor and the key committee members
  • Leave something behind -- rule of three
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Be really nice to the secretary
  • Say something nice to the legislator, even if you don’t agree
  • Leave your own politics at the door
  • Talk only about this issue, talk quickly and stay on point
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The guy who talks about black helicopters or his mom’s problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date
  • Most important – be yourself
  • You don’t need to wear a suit if you don’t wear one at work
  • Organize the visit. Make a list.
other important ways to walk the halls
Other important ways to “walk the halls”
  • Vote
  • Volunteer to stuff envelopes
  • Volunteer to have a coffee during a campaign
  • Invite a candidate to a chapter meeting
  • Volunteer to walk a candidate around the neighborhood
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Donate money
  • Get others to donate money
  • Help run the campaign
  • Get a friend to run for office
  • Run for office yourself
influence
Influence

Think of all those things you can do to “walk the halls.”

The farther you walk your way up that list, the more influence you will have.

the hierarchy of influence where do you want to be
The Hierarchy of Influence – where do you want to be?
  • Run for office yourself
  • Get a friend to run for office
  • Help run the campaign
  • Get others to donate money
  • Volunteer to walk a candidate around the neighborhood
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…more
  • Invite candidate to a chapter meeting – forget partisanship, invite!
  • Volunteer to have a coffee
  • Donate money
  • Volunteer to stuff envelopes
  • Vote
  • Don’t even vote
who s a government decision maker going to listen to
Who’s a government decision maker going to listen to?
  • The person who simply voted?
  • Or the person who ran the campaign?
have fun
Have fun

The best volunteer government affairs person is the person who looks at it like a hobby.

Think about it as something different than what you do at work.

gain untold collateral awards
Gain untold collateral awards
  • Influence -- for yourself or your family
  • Advance your career
  • Change things for the better
  • Broaden your experience
finally
Finally…

It’s nice to know that, when you throw pebbles into a lake, you can actually make waves, even if they’re little ones.

That’s the influence of a volunteer.

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