The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) referred nearly 300 proposed pieces of state legislation and regulatory changes to its state affiliates during the first quarter of this year.
“We are seeing a very high level of proposals involving everything from transient occupancy and sales taxes to minimum wage issues, employee benefits issues, state logo and sign issues and proposals involving school opening and close dates,” said Jeff Sims, ARVC’s director of state relations and program advocacy, in a press release.
ARVC reviewed more than 5,000 legislative and regulatory proposals during the first quarter of this year. In 2014, the association reviewed over 12,000 legislative and regulatory proposals with the help of its LexisNexis State Net database subscription.
ARVC’s Public Affairs Committee is planning to attend the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) “Advocacy Day” on June 3 in Washington, D.C. The committee will also participate in the Senate RV Caucus reception that evening following visits with congressional representatives.
In the meantime, ARVC is regularly meeting with its coalition partners to find ways to speed up the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rulemaking process involving park model RVs.
HUD has issued a non-enforcement memo regarding the inclusion of porches in the square footage of park model RVs. But legislative action may be necessary to resolve the issue if the rulemaking process proves to be indefinitely delayed or unsuccessful.
ARVC is also continuing to take a proactive role in developing and recommending new industry standards for the NFPA 1194, Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds and the NEC 70, National Electric Code.
ARVC’s Public Affairs Committee includes Chairman Al Johnson, OHC, of Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA in Hill City, S.D.; Saundra Bryn, CPO, OHC, of Desert’s Edge RV – The Purple Park in Phoenix, Ariz.; Wade Elliott, CPO, president of Utility Supply Group in Kingston, Wash.; Mari Garland, OHC, of Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction, Colo.; Daniel Wright, CPO, OHC, of The Springs at Borrego in Borrego Springs, Calif; and Jeff Sims, CPO, OHC, ARVC’s director of state relations and program advocacy.