PPTA Legislative Ambassador Network (LAN) Orientation Program
Objectives Gain a basic understanding of the role of the PPTA LAN: Gain a basic understanding of organizational and operational structure of: APTA PPTA Pennsylvania Government
How can I get involved as a PPTA Legislative Ambassador?
Agree, at a minimum to submit your e-mail address to the Legislative Committee.
With your name on the LAN E-List you …. Will receive current information about PPTA and APTA legislative and regulatory activities. Have the opportunity to easily communicate with your legislators via e-mail, regular mail or fax. Assist the PPTA by fostering a quick, efficient method of communication to you as a member.
Additional Legislative Ambassador Activities Direct meetings in local offices with legislator and or legislative aides Fund raising events: dinners, golf tournaments, wine tasting, etc. Community events Campaigning activities
Lobbying Teams “Hit” Teams Groups of PPTA members, LAN members, PPTA leaders that are willing to do direct lobbying in Harrisburg House and Senate office buildings, hallways (excluded from accessing legislators directly on the floors of the House and Senate chambers) Usually done during a critical phase of a bill or in preparation for introduction of a bill Meetings with other associations, organizations Meetings with bureaucracy regarding regulatory issues
Quote From A Conservative Radio Talk Show Host.... “Why are we all lazy when it comes to political issues”? (Why won’t we call or write a Congressman?) “Because our attitude is that this won’t change anything”
Why get involved in legislative issues? Legislation affects you, your patients and your practice Change does not occur without input Those who do not speak are not heard Speaking up is easier than you think Your voice CAN make a difference!
Successful PPTA legislative and regulatory activities in the past, include: PT Practice Act 1975 Sunset Legislation 1985 PTA Regulations Peer review regulations, worker’s compensation, and motor vehicle insurance, 1990’s Chiropractic lawsuit (generic use of the term “Physical Therapy”) Direct Access 2002
Current PPTA Activities, Include: Massage Therapy Licensure – PPTA is currently opposed. Physical Medicine issue/Highmark – PPTA complaint filed with Pennsylvania Insurance Commission. Practice Act Task Force.
PPTA Board of Directors Goal for the LAN Actual coverage averages 60% Why shouldn’t 100% coverage be not just a goal, but a reality? Board of Director’s Expect 2 contacts (written or direct contact) per year from each Ambassador to their legislator 80% coverage of all Pennsylvania House and Senate members
The ABC’s of Lobbying Be professional Be prepared and concise send information before the meeting “talking points” Be courteous -> avoid confrontation Leave information Always remember to say…”thank you”!
How do I get current information? Read local paper / watch the news Contact District Legislative Committee PPTA Legislative Update E-mail list Use the WEB: APTA / PPTA / District web sites Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate web sites Contact your local legislator
How can I get Involved? Discuss the issues with your colleagues At work, in-services, District meetings, etc. Contact your local legislator Phone calls, letters, e-mail (communication should be personalized letters or e-mails) Legislative Ambassador Network (LAN) Legislative Committee Members
Why should you make a PAC donation? Strengthen the influence of PT’s and PTA’s over pertinent legislation Enable the PPTA to protect our professional interests Help advocate for patient’s rights
State Lobbyists: Top 20 by quarter
PPTA Membership, September 2005 PT Members2735 PTA Members 306 Total3041 If every member gave $25/year to the PAC, this would yield $76,025!!
Annual Contributions to the PPTA PAC Have averaged $30,000 Note:2005 contributions as of September 30 th only total $19,000!!!
What is the difference between the PAC and the Legislative Issues Fund?
PAC Funds are.. Directed to fundraising activities for legislators Legislative Issues Funds are... Directed to PPTA lobbying and legal fees
APTA Organizational structure
APTA Key Contact Responsibilities Establish and maintain contact with member of Congress and key staff Provide information on key physical therapy issues Establish a network of physical therapists that live in State/Congressional District to call or write letters
Website Resources PPTA http://www.ppta.org/ APTA State Legislative Advocacy Center www.apta.org/advocacy PA General Assembly www.legis.pa.us
www.ppta.org Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
PPTA Organizational structure
Duties of Legislative Committee Maintain the LAN Monitor and act on state and national legislation and rules and regulations as needed Educate membership on political process, legislation and regulations
In Pennsylvania 203 House Districts 50 Senate Districts US Congress 2 Senate Districts per State 19 Congressional Districts
Executive Branch Legislative Branch Judicial Branch Initiates legislative projects Signs legislation into law & enforces law Passes Laws Tests Constitutionality
Governor Legislative agenda is communicated to the House and Senate House Senate
A Bill Can... Be introduced in the House, then proceed to the Senate Be introduced in the Senate, then proceed to the House Be introduced in both the House and Senate simultaneously
Senate Professional Licensure House Appropriations. Senate Floor Vote Professional Licensure Appropriations. House Floor Vote Governor’s Desk Senate/House Reconciliation
Bill Reading Prime sponsor is listed first, co-sponsors follow Must have most current version, printers number Edits, amendments are underlined; deleted language is crossed out
Executive Branch Governor Department of State Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs State Board of Physical Therapy
State Board of PT Mission Promulgates Rules and Regulations Evaluate qualifications of applicants for licensure Issues, renews, suspends, revokes licenses Evaluates conduct of individuals in relation to the law
Executive Branch Legislative Branch Judicial Branch Governor Dept of State House Professional Licensure Committee Labor Relations Committee Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee Labor & Industry Commission PA Supreme Court Superior Court
Proposed Rulemaking Stage Agency submits regulation LRB Standing Committees IRRC Published in PA Bulletin for public comment Submit comments within 20 days of close of public comment period Submit comments within 30 days of close of public comment period Public submits comments Agency reviews comments
Final Form Stage Agency submits final regulation IRRC Public Commentators Standing Committees 30 days to approve or disapprove 20 days to approve or disapprove Approve regulation Attorney General review Published in PA Bulletin
IRRC Review of Proposed Regulation Gain understanding of regulation Contact affected parties Contact standing committees Discuss regulation with agency staff
Regulatory Review Criteria Whether agency has statutory authority to implement regulation Whether regulation is consistent with the legislative intent Economic and fiscal impact on the public and private sector Protection of the public health, safety, and welfare Clarity, feasibility and reasonableness of the regulation Whether the regulation is policy decision requiring legislative review Approval or disapproval of the regulation by a standing committee