For an association to have a strong legislative program that works, three elements need to be in place and function properly:
Active & Engaged Membership
First, the association must have an active and responsive grass roots lobbying program. As critical issues arise, CalARVC will send electronic legislative alerts to its membership. CalARVC members are asked to send letters educating their legislators on how specific bills and regulations will affect them. The letters are pre-written by CalARVC to save members time. CalARVC members are well known for timely and overwhelming response to these requests. When needed, CalARVC members make sure that key legislators hear them loud and clear.
Additionally, CalARVC members are encouraged to develop relationships with national, state and local elected officials. Lobbying is much more successful when you are not meeting your legislator when you have a problem. Creating a relationship first, and an understanding of your business, goes a long way in getting the attention of your elected official.
Government Affairs Program
Second, the association must have a Government Affairs Program that gets the job done. Since its inception in 1975, CalARVC has had an active and successful legislative agenda. Laws and regulations affected by CalARVC’s lobbying include the RV Park Occupancy Law, legalization of Camping Cabins and Park Trailers according to California regulations, time-stay regulations, separation of RV park regulations from mobile home regulations, and more. Click here for a summary of our legislative & regulatory successes.
CalARVC is fortunate to have had one of Sacramento’s hardest working lobbying firms represent the interests of the California RV park and campground industry for the past two decades, Edelstein, Gilbert, Robson & Smith.
And we don’t stop there. CalARVC and our lobbying team work in concert with a coalition of organizations including CalChamber, CalTravel, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), RVIA and RVDA to monitor and influence national and state legislation.
In addition to state and national legislation, CalARVC also follows key legal cases whose outcomes could be damaging to property rights of business owners here in California.
Finally, the association must have a dynamic political action committee that can be counted on to make donations to current and future law makers who support the basic business philosophy of the association. REC PAC was formed in 1983 to help support the election of business-friendly legislators in California. This political action committee (PAC) is sponsored by the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds and complies with the California Fair Political Practices Commission. REC PAC receives and combines voluntary contributions from individuals with an interest in the RV park industry which are leveraged for a more significant impact. Learn more>