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Message from the IEHA President
December 9, 2016
Greetings Members,

Normally the Board would wait until the next newsletter to announce what is currently being worked on but this subject can't wait. We are going to dedicate an enormous amount of time and energy in to getting the LEHP Act renewed. If you are not aware the LEHP Act, which allows licensed persons to do what we do, is set to sun-down in 2018. This is a big deal. Sun-downing is lawmakers doing nothing to renew a profession and allowing it to disappear from legislation, in effect, having the "sun set" on a piece of legislation. That would be bad for all of us.

In the past IEHA has spent over $30,000 to procure a lobbyist to help navigate the legislative process. The last renewal almost didn't happen and came down to the wire. As President, I have set-up an Ad Hoc Committee dedicated to tackling this predicament. While we do not want to spend that kind of money, our careers and livelihoods hang in the balance. Remember, "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst".

At the Board Retreat we will discuss having each Board member meet with their respective local legislators to get their buy-in. We have also retained soon-to-be retired Representative Mike Tryon as our council on this matter. He has been an LEHP since the 70's and has spoken at several of our conferences in the past.

This endeavor will require your help. IEHA will need to build coalitions with other professional organizations to help get our legislation passed. If you have friends at other public health institutions contact them. Persuade them to join our cause. Have them contact me at .

If you are friendly with your legislator, meet with them. Explain what it is we do, help them understand our importance. Do not rely solely on the Board to handle this matter. If you can, show up at the capitol building for scheduled votes. IEHA will be putting together a "Legislative Day" where all members will be invited to meetings with lawmakers in Springfield. Please try to attend; the more members that appear, the more votes we get.

If we want to no longer be viewed as an invisible profession we need to take clear and measurable steps to change it. Membership will begin to see more politicians speaking at our conferences. If we are going to need their support, we will need to back them in turn. We must work in harmony towards a stable and sustainable future. The Board will keep you updated as to our progress.

Take Care
David Banaszynski