2013 Legislative Priorities
Public policy, legislation that impacts the ability of our members to prosper and enjoy a high quality of life, is an important component of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's work plan. With a membership in excess of 2,700, we have the ability to impact policy. Further, in collaboration with our partners, our voice and our positions are solicited by public decision makers. The Public Affairs Council reviews these requests, vets public policy and pending legislation submitted to us by our members. The Council takes positions based on the impact on our community's ability to grow and prosper.
Each year, the Public Affairs Council prepares and presents an annual Legislative Agenda, sponsored by KeyBank, National Grid, National Fuel & Solender Services, LLC, at the Chamber's Annual Luncheon in January. The 2013 agenda is the result of the hard work and collaboration of our Council members, many of whom bring substantive government affairs and public policy experience to the table. This experience is invaluable in vetting important public policy issues so that we can thoughtfully formulate positions where we believe our advocacy can generate positive results for business and in turn the community.
The 2013 Legislative Agenda covers issues from the health care, energy/manufacturing, economic development and workforce development arenas. Additionally, a few miscellaneous items of rolling legislation were included this year. Items such as these will continue to be monitored by the Council along with any bills that present themselves as the year progresses that have a commonality with our corporate mission.
To view the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Legislative Agenda, please click here to view it in a pdf format. Input by our members is encouraged. If you would like to participate in the Council or have an issue you would like us to review, please contact Caitlin McNulty. Working together, we can develop consensus and continue to provide leadership and a strong foundation for a sustainable region.