According to Matt Ward, Director of Government Relations and Field Services for AAAS, “Our annual Florida Capitol Days event was very much a success. Association staff and members of AAAS spent two days in Tallahassee visiting with members of the executive branch as well as members of the House and Senate. Two of the main topics discussed were how the implementation of new technology is rapidly changing the aftermarket (telematics, embedded software, data collection) and how many businesses in the aftermarket industry are having trouble finding and keeping qualified technicians.
“The event met and exceeded our expectations. We had some informative conversations about issues facing the aftermarket with members of the Florida legislature and executive branch. Members of AAAS, representatives from AAAS and a representative of Auto Care Association, our national association, were all present during these important meetings. This was a great kickoff to our annual series of Capitol Day events held in Tallahassee, Jackson, Montgomery and Atlanta, and we look forward to our upcoming visits to our other state capitols.”
“Many of our members attend this event every year. Florida legislators have become very familiar with and receptive of AAAS, thanks to our annual visits. Educating these representatives about our industry is very important should any future legislation arise that may impact our industry,” AAAS board member Jarrett Liles said.
AAAS believes its annual Capitol Days are very important to the association’s members and the aftermarket industry at large.
Ward noted, “Maintaining a fair, open and competitive market for businesses in our industry is the primary goal of any AAAS legislative event. It is more important than ever to have a seat at the table when policy that could affect your industry is being discussed.”
In other news, AAAS is very excited about the possibility of offering the association’s successful group health plan to members and prospective members in Georgia and Florida. President Trump recently issued an executive order that could potentially drop the state line barriers that have prevented AAAS from offering the program in those areas.
“We are closely studying this order and very excited about the possibilities,” Ward shared. “AAAS closed 2017 with record participation numbers in many of our member programs, including the group health plan and group workers’ compensation plans. 2017 was a fantastic year for AAAS, and we are poised for an even stronger year in 2018.”
AAAS Capitol Day events are scheduled for Atlanta on Jan. 31, Jackson on Feb. 13 and Montgomery on March 7. For more information about AAAS, visit www.aaas.us.