Collector - August 2018 - 5
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Grassroots Advocacy 101
How you can support ACA International's state-level efforts.
By Jack W. Brown III
am excited to write my first column as president of ACA International on the topic
of state advocacy. As many of you know, I chaired ACA's Interstate Committee (now
called the Unit and State Affairs Committee) for many years, and I am extremely
passionate about state-level advocacy.
In ACA's monthly unit leader and lobbyist call, members can come together to share
best ideas on how to advance important regulatory changes in their states. Often when an
issue arises in one state, it can quickly spread to other states. The information shared on
these calls allows members to be prepared if the issue shows up on the steps of their state
Capitol. For a high-level view of what's going on in our state and regional units right now,
see the "Building Opportunities" article on p. 22.
In addition to members sharing their updates on these calls, ACA's staff covers federal
regulatory and legislative issues that should not be missed. If you don't participate on this call,
you are missing out on valuable information that can help your company succeed.
State advocacy involves more than legislative lobbying, it also includes meeting with your
state regulator and attorneys general. Open dialogues with regulators and enforcers can lead
to a better understanding of the issues for all interested parties.
When advocating at our state capitals, we must encourage laws and regulations that provide
clear "rules of the road" for consumers, regulators and debt collectors alike to ensure that the
money we spend on regulatory compliance yields positive results.
Additionally, we should work for uniformity in our state legislation to ease the compliance
costs of administering multiple layers of regulation. ACA members spend a great deal
of money to comply with the myriad of state requirements, including special text in our
collection notices, variances in the statute of limitations, home-state banking requirements
and in-state managers, among many others. Let's do our best to reduce unnecessary
regulatory costs through our advocacy efforts.
I am extremely grateful for the excellent work that ACA's Vice President of Government
and State Affair Andrew Madden and our unit leaders do on behalf of our members every
day. Through their tireless efforts, members have access to a handy Legislative Toolkit on
ACA's website (find it here: www.acainternational.org/advocacy/legislative-tool-kit), which
provides suggested talking points on issues that many of our units have faced and will
continue to face. I encourage you to view this information and contribute any ideas from
your unit that can be shared with others.
Jack W. Brown III
is president of Gulf Coast Collection
Bureau Inc. He can be reached at
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