After a seemingly interminable election season, most folks likely enjoyed not having to think about politics over the holidays.
But now that 2017 is underway, CEDIA needs you to get back in the game.
The vast majority of state legislatures around the country are entering the first year of a two-year legislative cycle. The first year is always the busier of the two, with newly elected or re-elected officeholders looking to make their mark. In the cases of states like Texas, there is no second-year session.
Darren Reaman (Director of Government Affairs) and I both expect it to be a very busy year. With that in mind, we need an army of volunteers to call on in case we need to defend our industry against harmful legislation.
Please consider joining our ranks by signing up for the CEDIA Government Affairs Grassroots Legislative Network
. A Recap of the 2016 Election
Trump’s election as president was one of the biggest shockers in U.S. political history, but even more surprising was that he had coattails -- in the process keeping the Republican stronghold on most of the country.
Many of the expected Democratic victories in the Senate failed to materialize, with a net gain of only two seats and the Republicans maintaining a 52-46 majority (two Senators are independent but caucus with the Democrats, making it functionally a 52-48 majority). In the House, the Republicans lost nine seats but will maintain a sizable majority, 241 to 194.
At the state level, only four governors’ races saw a party switch: three went from Democrat to Republican (Missouri, New Hampshire, and Vermont), while Roy Cooper won a close election in North Carolina to take back the statehouse for Democrats there. All in all, Republicans hold the governor’s mansion in 33 of 50 states.
Republicans also did well in state legislatures across the country. They extended their majorities in many states and took over control of the Iowa Senate, the Kentucky House, the Minnesota Senate and the New York Senate. Democrats gained the lead in both the Nevada Senate and House, the New Mexico House, and the Washington Senate.
Republicans have control of the Senate in 34 states and the House in 32 states. They have full party control of the governor’s office and legislature in 24 states, while Democrats can only make the same claim in four states.
What Does That Mean for You?
It’s hard to say. Republicans tend to hold views more favorable to our industry, but that is far from a general rule. We’ve seen troublesome regulations in the reddest of red states, and we’ve seen very friendly regulatory environments in some blue states.
As such, we remain vigilant, never assuming any state is “safe.” In addition, we remain bipartisan, willing to work with any person of any political stripe who will keep you, our members, clear of burdensome and unnecessary hurdles and able to do the job you do so well.