ACCE's Government Relations Division e-newsletter

March 2016

In this Issue

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In the News

Bill to Block Overtime Rule Introduced  

As the Department of Labor’s overtime rule hurtles toward finalization, advancing to the Office of Management and Budget March 14, House and Senate Republicans stepped in and introduced legislation March 17 calling for the rule to be stopped in its tracks.

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Calls for Statewide Increase to Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for state government employees and contractors in PA was raised to $10.15 by Governor Wolf through an executive order on March 7, 2015. Wolf has also encouraged the legislature to pass a similar measure for a statewide minimum increase. The current state minimum is $7.25. For chamber samples on minimum wage issues, visit our Chamberpedia page.

McAuliffe Signs First-in-the-Nation Pay-for-Performance Workforce Law

Virginia has become the first to establish a pay-for-performance workforce training program. Under the new law, the state will provide grants to cover two-thirds of the tuition for programs that train workers for in-demand jobs. The state will pay the first third of the cost once the student finishes the program and the remaining when the student earns a certificate. The law has been endorsed by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, more than a dozen local and regional chambers and business groups across the state.

Featured Resources

The links below provide valuable resources available on

ACCE Webinar: Elected Official Scorecards

Panelists Robert Medler, vice president of government affairs at the Tucson Metro Chamber and Glenn Oppel, director of government relations at the Montana Chamber, discuss their organizations' Elected Official scorecards. The session explores the decisions that a chamber must make when considering a scorecard, such as selecting issues to track, deciding whether to track state, local or federal issues, and weighted scoring. Also learn how scorecards can be utilized to benefit your policy agenda and your members. Presentation slides are available for download here.

DC Fly-Ins

At their core, DC Fly-Ins are a tool for federal advocacy. They assure that the local business community is heard in Washington D.C. However, the approach to leading a DC fly-in varies greatly. Check out a few examples of how some chambers conduct their trips.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

Over a year since the major RFRA battle in Indiana made national news, several states are still grappling with how to balance religious freedom protections, LGBT rights, and how both can affect their brand. This page explores some of the issues surrounding the contentious Religious Freedom bills proposed around the country recently and includes links to samples from chambers that have taken positions on the matter.

Call for Samples

Do you have an effective political program? Have you taken a strong stance on an important local, state or federal issue? Help keep Chamberpedia’s Government Relations section full of fresh material by sending us examples of your policy, process and political work to be included as best practice samples. We’re particularly interested in examples of:

  • Candidates Forums
  • Candidate Questionnaires and Voter Guides
  • Candidate Recruitment Programs
  • Chambers and Political Engagement Policies
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Upcoming Events

Education Attainment Awards Open April 1   

Education Attainment Award applications can be submitted online beginning April 1. Members may be eligible to receive a one-time $40,000 award to increase post-secondary attainment in their region. Click here for more information on the award and to read about past recipients.

GR Division Monthly Roundtable Call   

Thursday, April 28, 2016
2 p.m. ET

Mark your calendars for the monthly conference call of ACCE’s Government Relations Division. Here’s what you need to participate:

Phone: (267) 930-4000
Pin: 509-142-707

Join your peers for this best practice sharing conference call! This is an open participation roundtable call, not a seminar. Come prepared to share your thoughts and experiences, and build your professional network!

W.A.C.E. Political Action Boot Camp   

Denver, CO
June 24, 2016

The Western Association of Chamber Executives will host its annual Political Action Boot Camp June 24 in Denver. This workshop helps chambers take their political game to the next level and be real players in helping to get business-friendly candidates elected. Click here for the registration form.

ACCE’s Annual Convention  

Savannah, GA
August 9-12, 2016

Convention registration opens April 4. Make sure to plan your travel to attend the GR Division in-person meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday, August 11 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

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