Legislative Expectations for Athletic Trainer Regulatory BoardsKeith GardnerNM State RepresentativeHouse Republican Whip 2009 BOC Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference
2009 BOC Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference Current Law vs Pending Legislation
President Reagan • "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. ... And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Current Law • Rules and Regulation based on Legislative Intent • Objective and Equal Enforcement • Timely response to Member questions or concerns • Transparency
Pending Legislation • Provide information on education and basic competence of practitioners • Participate in process to understand legislative intent • With Scope of Practice issues provide requested information on professional training and Boards ability to regulate
INTERACTION • RELATIONSHIPS, relationships, relationships • Key Committees • Key Members • When to start
Do’s and Don’ts • Do: Expect Legislators to have no idea what you do. • Don’t: Talk like they have no idea what you do.
Do’s and Don’ts • Do: Prepare information and handouts to give to members or committee • Don’t: Read your handout word for word when testifying
Scope of Practice Battles • Board vs Association • Board vs Board • Association vs Board
FACT or Fiction? • Legislators only care what constituents say. • Lobbyist’s have more influence that I do. • Best time to contact is during session or at Capital. • If you are right you will be successful. • All Legislators care about are polls and numbers.
Thank You 2009 BOC Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference