Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee reviews current and proposed laws and regulations affecting the irrigation industry at the state and federal level. Based on direction from the Board of Directors, committee volunteers work with staff to influence policy and increase demand for efficient irrigation. The committee:

  • Drafts policy statements for board review and adoption.
  • Vets industry issues and recommends action or non-action.
  • Explores opportunities for proactive partnerships and coalitions.

Members of this committee serve a maximum of a two-year term; the chair and vice-chair serve one year in each leadership position.

Role of committee members:
  • Understand the nature and scope of work assigned by the board of directors.
  • Learn committee objectives and goals.
  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Offer unbiased recommendations and work for the good of the organization and membership.
  • Respond to communications from chair and staff liaison in a timely manner.
  • Provide input to IA staff and committee leadership upon request.
  • Recuse themselves when their company’s mission is in direct conflict with the focus of the committee.
  • Review supplied materials for discussion (if any) prior to meetings or conference calls.
  • Seek guidance and direction from committee chair.
  • Report to committee chair.
  • Responsible for expenses to attend meetings.
  • Participate in quarterly committee meetings (two in person at Irrigation Show and Water Conference and two via conference call).
Vice-chair responsibilities:
  • Provide assistance to committee chair.
  • Take notes during committee meetings.
  • Provide leadership and direction to committee on area of expertise (agricultural or landscape irrigation).
  • Participate in monthly call with chair, staff liaison and board liaison.
Chair responsibilities:
  • Lead all meetings of the government affairs committee.
  • Set agenda for committee meetings, with the assistance of vice-chair and staff liaison.
  • Participate in monthly call with vice-chair, staff liaison and board liaison.
Desired skills and characteristics:
  • High ethical standards.
  • Willingness to share opinions openly with colleagues.
  • Makes a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work.
  • Familiarity with best management practices.
  • Attention to deadlines.
  • Experience on a volunteer board or committee such as a civic association, PTA, homeowners’ association, etc. preferred.
  • Knowledge of industry trends.
  • Industry technical expertise.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.