The Legislative Affairs Committee Gets Results
Sunday, December 28, 2003
Posted by: Steve Flowers, Legislative Committee Chairman
AITP members often ask what return they are getting for the dues they pay each year. One obvious payback is AITP's ability to help formulate laws and policies that directly affect our professional IT careers.
For instance, the Legislative Affairs Committee achieved its primary goal in 2003 by working to defeat UCITA, a proposed model law that would severely restrict consumers' ability to negotiate equitable software agreements.
Legislative Committee members in Oklahoma, Colorado, Nevada and Washington, D.C. worked with other like-minded groups to persuade opinion leaders that the serious faults inherent in UCITA overshadowed any perceived benefits.
The committee recently helped stop and reverse an effort by Verisign to change the way Web site search inquiries are handled, which threatened the stability of the Internet.
Committee members routinely tackle issues such as how to stop or manage spam e-mail, how and whether to license computer software engineers and other important policy questions.
By working with the press, with local and national legislatures and other lobbying organizations, AITP's Legislative Affairs Committee gives you a voice and the power to ensure that your interests are taken into account and protected when laws and regulations are proposed.
The committee needs talented new members in every chapter to improve its effectiveness. If you are interested in becoming a proactive IT professional and if you want to help direct and formulate laws and policies that enhance your career prospects, then consider joining the committee.
You can learn more by visiting the committee Web site, accessible through the Web portal.
Together, we can make a difference in the important local and national debates that directly affect our professional lives.