Member Club Legislative Advocacy Network
A National Legislative Advocacy Program for Member Clubs (Member Club Legislative Advocacy, MCLA) provides basic tools and a timeline for building awareness and creating a supportive, involved network of the gymnastics community and its economic, social and business impact in your city and state.

This program will provide the information and tools for a pro-active effort for gymnastics clubs and the community to be recognized as an influential part of the business and social fabric of the area. Building this awareness is important so that the gymnastics community will be equipped to make a case regarding the impact that local and state legislation may have on these business and provide the mechanism to influence the legislation to eliminate or minimize the impact on gymnastics.

Many states in the U.S. have already proposed and/or passed legislation or policies that have affected gymnastics, and all of the efforts have been reactive. These success stories are provided below. This program will equip our community to be proactive and address such issues before it becomes law. The MCLA program helps clubs and the gymnastics community interpret the language of the law, such as advocacy and legislation.

What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy includes public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.

What is Legislation?
Legislation is law which has been promulgated by a legislature or other governing body or the process of making it. Before an item of legislation becomes law it may be known as a bill, and may be broadly referred to as "legislation", while it remains under consideration to distinguish it from other business.

Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, to authorize, to proscribe, to provide (funds), to sanction, to grant, to declare or to restrict. It may be contrasted with a non-legislative act, which is adopted by an executive or administrative body under the authority of a legislative act or for implementing a legislative act.

In the past, the following topics have been reported and brought to club owners’ attention:
  • Gyms being regulated as trampoline parks under a Senate Bill in California (Click here for the commentary).
  • Confusion about sales tax on gym services because of the Department of Revenue’s identification of gyms as entertainment/amusement versus educational events in Missouri (Click here for the commentary).
  • Gymnastic facilities regulated as daycare facilities in Texas (Click here for the commentary).
  • Gymnastic facilities regulated as a daycare facility under the Childcare Act in Illinois (Click here for the commentary).
  • Sales taxability of admission fees for parents to pay to attend meets in Texas (Click here for the commentary).
  • Gymnastic facilities being taxed for past events under the Department of Revenue in Missouri (Click here for the commentary).
  • Sales tax on birthday party events because of the confusion of entertainment/amusement versus educational events in Texas (Click here for the commentary).
  • Gymnastics facilities regulated as health clubs in New York (Click here for the commentary).
With the MCLA Program, USA Gymnastics hopes to...
  • Utilize an expert and law firm to monitor legislation across the country.
  • Educate our Member Clubs, National, Regional and State Chairs on changes in legislation so the gymnastics community in each state or region can be aware of any new legalities with business regulation.
  • Utilize the MCLA tool kit for advocacy to be proactive.
  • Become a network for Member Clubs.

Listen to more detailed information about the MCLA Program from John Valencia and Mike Williams:
* Introduction to the MCLA program by John Valancia
* Building Relationships with Local Community Leaders by Mike Williams



Utilize the MCLA Tool Kit:

To report a legislative issue...
  1. Document and scan all related items to your issue.
  2. Send to Advocacy@usagym.org.
  3. Copy your regional and state chair.


State Success Stories Articles Webinars State Fact Sheets

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Action Steps Send questions or comments to Advocacy@usagym.org.