Editor’s Note: The ARVC Agenda is written by Evanne Schmarder and is a regular feature of Woodall’s Campground Management.
Jeff Sims, CPO, ARVC’s director of state relations and program advocacy, encourages all association members to make their voices heard at the 2012 National Issues Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., May 8-9. Attendees will work with government affairs consultants McDermott, Will & Emery (MWE) to help make time spent with congressional representatives as valuable as possible. On behalf of ARVC members, MWE will make all the appointments with the Congressmen and provide attendees with major talking points.
Registration is available at www.arvc.org. For details on the 2012 Hill Day or for information on ARVC’s legislative affairs program please contact Sims at (303) 681-0401 or [email protected]
Congressmen Weigh In on ADA Pool/Spa Regs
On March 26, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. introduced the Pool Safety and Accessibility for Everyone (Pool SAFE) Act (H.R. 4256), reports ARVC government affairs consultant David Ransom. This legislation would extend the compliance date for the revised ADA regulations for one year and prohibit legal actions for alleged violations of the regulations during that period. The Mulvaney bill also states that a portable pool lift would be compliant with ADA regulations, and a portable lift could be used at multiple pools/spas and positioned as necessary.
Meanwhile, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., introduced legislation (S. 2191) on March 14 that would prohibit the attorney general from administering or enforcing a regulation with respect to a pool at a public accommodation.
ARVC continues to work with other industry stakeholders as well as the Department of Justice (DoJ) on the DoJ’s Final Rule in 2010 regarding accessible entry and exit from existing pools and spas and “readily accessible” compliance by the March 15, 2012, (now extended to May 21, 2012) compliance deadline.
Funding Extended 90 Days for Surface Transportation
On March 29, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 by a vote of 266 to 158. The legislation provides a 90-day extension (until June 30) for federal highway and transit aid to keep flowing and to avoid a widespread shutdown of construction projects. The Senate passed the legislation by voice vote. The 90-day extension reflects continuing disagreement between the Senate and House Republicans over the long-term overhaul of transportation programs. The Senate has passed a bipartisan two-year extension of surface transportation programs but the House Majority prefers a five-year bill. Among other things, ARVC is interested in maintaining support for the Scenic Byways Program.