The NYSATA Governmental Affairs committee is responsible for overseeing all legislative activity within New York State relating to Athletic Training – with the overall goal of advancing the profession. This includes:
Monitoring bills on the state and national levels that involve Athletic Training, as well as monitoring trends and efforts within the profession
Organizing and carrying out lobbying efforts in the State, as well as contributing to national lobbying efforts
Working with other NYSATA committees (i.e. Public Relations) to disseminate pertinent information to members
Collaborating with the NATA and other states to help in meeting these missions
What We’re Working on Now
The Practice Act Update bills have been introduced again!
Bill A5499A sponsored by Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (Assembly District 22)
Bill S5127 is sponsored by Senator Rachel May (53rd Senate District)
Why it’s important:
To update the nearly 25 year old language to reflect the current state of the profession.
Move to licensure – which enables scope and title protection for the profession. This will ensure the safety of all the NY citizens who utilize our services!
We still NEED our members to contact their local legislators to ask for their support of our bills! Remember, you are their constituents, and can VOTE for them, so they WILL listen to what you have to say!
How Can I Help?
In order to get these bills passed, we need to be a constant voice in the legislators ears about why updating our Practice Act is important! Additionally, it’s also needed to educate them on who we are as a profession and what we do.
You can help by:
1) Writing letters to your local Assembly member and Senator asking for their support of the bill. You can also call their offices to ask for support.
To find your home address legislators:
2) Communicating to other AT’s to do the same
3) Spread the word to Physicians, athletes, and parents, and anyone else who might support us. Have them send letters to their local legislators asking for support of our bill.
4) You can also call your local Assemblyperson and Senator and invite them to visit your workplace. We have already held several Athletic Training Room visits for legislators that have been very effective in opening their eyes to all that we do!
If you have any additional questions about this process, don’t hesitate to contact the GA committee chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Not pictured but also in attendance, Jennie Petrone – NYC/Long Island)