Government Affairs Chair

Region VIII Government Affairs Chair


  • Communicate legislative and regulatory issues to Council members.
  • Mentor and assist State GAC chairs within the region to communicate legislative and regulatory issues to their members.
  • May serve as a member of the national GAC committee, and as a communication link between the state GAC chairs and the national GAC committee. If not a member of the national GAC, communicates regional legislative issues with member on national GAC assigned to Region VIII.

  • 3 years, beginning in the second year of the term of the Regional Director
  • Maximum number of terms allowed: n/a

  • ASCLS Professional or Emeritus membership and reside in Region VIII
  • Recommended experience that would be helpful to someone holding this office:
    • Previous state GAC chair experience is very helpful.

  • Mentor state GACs in all states in the region to carry out their position.
  • Provide resources developed by the national GAC or Executive Office to assist the state GACs in legislative affairs.
  • Provide feedback to the national GAC about state and regional GAC activities and issues.
  • Establish contact network and respond promptly to legislative alerts.
  • Reports to: Region VIII Director, National GAC Chair or GAC representative assigned to Region VIII
  • Other duties performed:
    • Attendance at National Legislative Symposium.
    • Give updates at state and regional meetings if requested.
    • Participate in Council activities

  • Meeting attendance & travel requirements: Attend at least two (out of three) Region VIII Council meetings per year – Jackson (during IMSS), spring conference call, and national meeting site (summer)
  • Reports: Fall, Spring, Final reports to Regional Director
  • Deadlines: as assigned by Regional Director
  • Average time commitment: Approximately 4-6 hours per month
  • Financial considerations: Travel expenses and registration costs to IMSS, national meeting, and Legislative Symposium are not covered by Region VIII. These are the responsibility of the Chair.

  • Mentors: National GAC committee members, Regional Director, other regional or national leaders
  • Materials: Region VIII Guidelines, GAC committee materials, GAC Manual
  • Helpful Hints & suggestions: Computer, e-mail very helpful.

  • Contributions to the profession: Increase awareness of legislative issues in the Society and increase awareness of the Society among lawmakers
  • Skills developed/enhanced: Mentoring, communication, marketing, understanding of legislative process, leadership
  • Contacts / networking opportunities: Meet and develop relationships with colleagues throughout Region VIII and at the national level
  • Travel opportunities: Jackson, Washington D.C., and site of national meeting.

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