During recent Public Policy Committee and Board meetings, discussions were held concerning the process for analyzing legislation and the lack of guidelines for supporting or opposing certain legislation or proposals. Staff and consultants need to be able to respond rapidly to legislation as it is being developed or introduced.
Recent examples of legislation where guidelines would have been helpful include:
Looking ahead, there are two proposals being discussed where a foundation of principles would provide rationale to enable comments as legislation is being contemplated.
The following principles have been adopted by the MACVB Board of Directors to provide guidance for staff, lobbyists and members/volunteers:
The MACVB Board of Directors may consider adopting an official policy position on an issue.
The Board of Directors has final authority on adoption of policy. A policy approved by MACVB’s Board of Directors gives the sponsor (if any) the right to use the organization’s name under circumstances specified by the Board. It may or may not commit MACVB to actively lobby and/or use its resources, members or network in support of this initiative.