Summary

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) is the leading voice for over 3,500 bowling centers across the nation. We represent and work to empower bowling proprietors as they work to innovate their business, serve their consumers, and lead in their communities.

BPAA, led by its Government Affairs Committee, represents the bowling industry’s interests at the federal and state level. At the federal level, we are engaged on issues of tax, labor, alcohol, health care, and small business. At the state level, we work with our state associations and are engaged on issues of tax, labor, alcohol, food and beverage, and gaming.

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Members of the BPAA Government Affairs Team traveled to Washington D.C. in early October 2017 to meet with Members of Congress and senior level staff to discuss tax reform and how it affects BPAA and the bowling industry. From left to right: Bob Stubler (IL), Roger Nyquist (OR), Gary Forman (CA), Reggie Frederick (WA), Steve Wiemer (MO), and BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio (KS).

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Members of the BPAA Government Affairs Team meet with a senior level tax policy staffer in Washington D.C.

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BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio (far left), along with the rest of the BPAA delegation, listens to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) at an event in Washington D.C.

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Reggie Frederick, owner of Chalet Bowl in Tacoma, WA, met with his U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) while in Washington, D.C. Rep. Kilmer visits Chalet Bowl with his family.

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State Policy Update Sept. 8th

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Pennsylvania: Philly.com reports, “After citing reports of layoffs and reduced hours for employees in the beverage industry, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz announced Wednesday that he will survey businesses in the city to assess the economic impact of the city’s tax on sweetened drinks.
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Federal Policy Update Aug 11th

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Senator Hatch Speaks of Bipartisan Efforts to Achieve Tax Reform Through Regular Order: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch reiterated in an interview with Reuters and released a statement last week about “the importance of working through each of the tax-writing committees – in a bipartisan way” to craft tax reform legislation.
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