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 Tax Update - Sept 22

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Release of Tax Reform Framework and House Retreat on Tax Reform - Week of September 25: The “Big 6” are still scheduled to release their framework for tax reform the week of September 25. Additionally, House Republican lawmakers are scheduled to have a half-day retreat on September 27 to discuss the framework and tax reform legislation.
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September 20th Corporate Tax Reform

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Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, to examine ways to improve the U.S. tax code’s business provisions, create a healthier economic environment, and encourage job creators to invest in the U.S. in order to increase their competitiveness in the global market.
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September 14th Individual Tax Reform

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A substantive, bipartisan hearing was held today on Individual Tax Reform by the Senate Finance Committee.
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Federal Tax Update - Sept 8

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House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) stated to reporters today that the FY 18 budget resolution, which includes instructions for tax reform, will not get a floor vote next week.
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State Policy Update Sept. 8th

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Pennsylvania: 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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