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Legislative and Advocacy Affairs

Legislative and Regulatory Trends
NPA 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.

To become involved or find out more about the NPA Legislative Committee contact: Will Spaulding wspaulding@neb.rr.com - (Legislative Committee Chair)
For information on Federal Advocacy efforts contact:
Jim Madison jmadison@creighton.edu  (Federal Advocacy Coordinator.

For information on current Legislative Activities click on Legislative Blogs.

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