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 - October 6

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California: Here is an updated (as of October 2017) California State & Local Paid Sick Leave Chart. It summarizes the Paid Sick Leave laws for California and the eight cities that have their own rules (LA, SF, San Diego, Oakland, Berkeley, Santa Monica, and Emeryville).
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The Hill reports, “The Senate confirmed President Trump’s second pick to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Monday evening, shifting the balance of power from Democrats to Republicans.
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Federal Tax Update - Sept 29

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The “Big 6” released their framework for tax reform on Wednesday. With the release of the framework, Republican leadership will proceed in passing a FY 18 budget resolution containing reconciliation instructions for tax. We will be sending out a chart on how the framework compares with previous proposals.
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Federal Policy Update - Sept 22

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) stated that more details on a tax reform framework will be released the week of September 25. Speaker Paul Ryan said the outline to be released would reflect agreement among the tax-writing Ways and Means and Finance committees, and the administration. Subsequently, the committees will take feedback and write the bills in the weeks ahead.
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State Tax Update - Sept 22

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“San Francisco's groundbreaking effort to curb soda consumption by requiring health warnings in display ads hit a judicial wall Tuesday when a federal appeals court barred enforcement, saying the messages were one-sided and would violate advertisers' freedom of speech.
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