Last Update :4/4/2018

Advocacy and Public Policy Update for April 2018


Advocacy and Public Policy Update for April 2018

NGCOA's advocacy work keeps you aware of industry-specific challenges and threats, and provides best-practice solutions that deliver improved business results. In preparation for National Golf Day on April 25, we've provided the following short list of key legislation that currently affects the business of golf:


  • Tax Reform Act and Loss of Entertainment Deduction: The new Tax and Reform Act provides golf taxreform_2.png?r=1522264914011course owners and their customers with a number of tax benefits. However, within the new law, one deduction loss to business owners will have a direct affect on the golf industry. Read more about this issue...
  • Qualified Opportunity Zones and Tax Credit Incentives, and "Sin List" Impact: The new Tax and Jobs Act created a new economic development tool "qualified opportunity zones." Read more about this issue...
  • H-2B Processing Delays: The golf industry continues to be unnecessarily harmed by Department of Labor delays in issuing these visas -- plus, the agency has recently initiated a lottery system regarding the distribution of visas. Read more about this issue...
  • STARS Act: Lack of clarity regarding the employer mandates seasonal worker exemption within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be a problem for the golf overtime_2.png?r=1522264972231industry. Read more about this issue...
  • Overtime Rule: The Trump administration signals that it will adopt a new overtime rule, the golf industry has maintained a strong interest in how this issue will be addressed by the federal government. Read more about this issue...
  • National Turfgrass Research Initiative: The NGCOA and allied associations of We Are Golf are asking Congress to support the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes more funding to develop turf grasses requiring less inputs and are more drought tolerant. Read more about this issue...
  • pollutants_2.png?r=1522265031091National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems:The golf industry supports passage of legislation which would negate the need for federal Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for chemical spraying activities made in accordance with the Federal, Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Read more about this issue...
  • Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act: Congress has moved in a broadly bipartisan effort over the last several years to address this issue with the "Personal Health Investment Today" or PHIT Act. Read more about this issue...

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