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.


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).


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


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.


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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Federal Policy Update - July 28

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The “Big 6” leading negotiations on federal tax reform released a statement on tax reform this week. They have been meeting weekly to discuss their priorities and establish a unified framework, which was originally expected to be released in September so the House and Senate tax writing committee can add meat to the bones in the fall. This release will provide Republicans with a message on tax reform to take back to their constituents over the August recess.
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Federal Policy Update - July 14

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On July 13, the Senate Republican leadership released its revised version of its Better Care Reconciliation Act to replace the Affordable Care Act after at least 10 Senators opposed an earlier version of the bill released in late June.
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State Policy Update - July 14

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A campaign on the health impacts from the consumption of sugary drinks has led to about a dozen areas around the nation instituting soft-drink taxes. USA Today reports on the various areas that have implemented these taxes, the debate, and the challenges surrounding the tax. “"Any business will be very concerned about a tax that discriminated against their own customers," said William Dermody, the American Beverage Association's vice president of policy. "This is the worst ...
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