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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

Dave Heidorn

Manager of Government Affairs and Policy

dheidorn@asse.org

847/768-3406


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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






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How does a safety pro do safety? that different

  • 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


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How does a government affairs pro do government affairs? that different

  • 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


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Safety Pro that different

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




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ASSE has a system that different

It’s called YOU


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ASSE’s system of volunteers that different

Board of Directors

including Regional Vice Presidents

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Council on Professional Affairs

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Government Affairs Committee


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ASSE Government Affairs Committee that different

  • Chair, Emory Knowles, Maryland

  • John Clark, New Jersey

  • Don Garman, New York

  • Ed Granberry, Florida

  • Dianna Pressmann, Pennsylvania

  • Jon Turnipseed, California


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…and more that different

  • Keith Vidal, Missouri – CoPS Liaison

  • President-Elect – Gene Barfield, Louisiana


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GA on the staff side that different

Manager of Gov’t Affairs and Policy

Me

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part-time Federal Representative

Adele Abrams, Esq.

who reports to me


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…reporting to that different

Director of Professional Affairs

Bob DeSiervo

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who reports to the

Executive Director

Fred Fortman


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ASSE Volunteer GA is based on a regional organization that different

Regional Vice President

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(Regional GA Chair)

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Regional Operating Committee

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Chapters in a state


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…and at the chapter level that different

Chapter President

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Chapter Government Affairs Chair

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Members



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By the current ASSE rules… that different

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


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Problems you have to deal with… that different

  • 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?


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How to anticipate those problems that different

  • Communications

  • Organization

  • Meetings

  • Activity



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For whom do you speak? that different

  • You cannot speak for ASSE without going through that approval process

  • You can always speak for yourself


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Who do you represent? that different

  • The safety professional

  • The safety profession

  • The Society


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Don’t hire a lobbyist that different




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Remember what a safety GA pro does… that different

  • 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


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1. Find/create a problem that different

  • Newspapers, TV and radio

  • The grapevine

  • ASSE State Legislative and Regulatory Activities Report

  • ASSE GA Update

  • Other organizations and associations



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2. Figure out the facts that different

  • ASSE State Legislative and Regulatory Activities Report

  • ASSE GA Update

  • State government web sites

  • The grapevine

  • The newspaper

  • Call your legislator or regulator


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3. Apply the facts if possible that different

  • Put something in writing. Make a statement.

  • The rule of three

  • The better rule of one

  • Less is always more

  • Never lie


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4. If the facts aren’t applicable, say something anyway that different

  • 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


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5. Communicate! that different

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

  • By e-mail

  • By hand

  • By telephone

  • To media outlets


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Figure out who you want to see your message that different

  • Other ASSE members

  • The legislator or regulator

  • Other legislators or regulators

  • Their bosses

  • Other associations and related professionals


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6. Walk the halls that different

  • 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 that different

  • 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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Other important ways to “walk the halls” problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

  • 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 problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

  • Get others to donate money

  • Help run the campaign

  • Get a friend to run for office

  • Run for office yourself


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What’s it really all about? problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date


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Influence problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

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.


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The Hierarchy of Influence – where do you want to be? problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

  • 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 problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

  • 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


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Who’s a government decision maker going to listen to? problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

  • The person who simply voted?

  • Or the person who ran the campaign?


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You can do it. problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date


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Don’t hire a lobbyist problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date


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Have fun problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

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.


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Gain untold collateral awards problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

  • Influence -- for yourself or your family

  • Advance your career

  • Change things for the better

  • Broaden your experience


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Finally… problem with the DMV? Tell him the wrong date

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.