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Summary of January 2013 Member Meeting

posted Jan 28, 2013, 8:28 AM by Robert DuPont

Alliance for Regulatory Coordination

Summary of Member Meeting

Meeting Date: January 15, 2013

Location: Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

The meeting was convened at 9:05 a.m. by Bob DuPont, of Regulatory Guidance and Design, LLC. Attendees introduced themselves and identified the organization they were representing.

DuPont asked if anyone had questions or comments on the suggested update to the ARC Commitments.

Discussion turned to communications with former ARC member organizations. There was general agreement that DuPont should send former ARC members an email and link to the ARC web site after meeting summaries are posted.

In response to a question about the status of the Wisconsin Building Safety Network, and whether mention of the WBSN should remain in the ARC commitments. DuPont said he thought mention of the WBSN is important because it draws attention to the fact that there are many fire departments and municipal officials who administer building-related safety codes throughout Wisconsin. He said the name was developed to emphasis to legislators, local elected officials and the public in general that the state has, for over 100 years, worked in concert with hundreds of local officials to accomplish the task of implementing the numerous state laws and safety codes under its charge.

Attendees agreed that the updated commitments proposed by DuPont were acceptable. DuPont said he would update the ARC web site with the commitments as agreed to at the meeting. He also suggested that reference to program teams be removed from the ARC web site – to no objection.

After considerable discussion, attendees agreed that the Alliance should introduce itself to the legislature; taking the following three steps to do so.
  • Meet with legislative leaders to introduce them to the Alliance and its interests.
  • Send an email and attachments to all legislative offices introducing them to the Alliance.
  • Hold an ARC introductory briefing session targeted towards new legislators and their staff.

Consensus was for DuPont to develop proposed briefing materials and send them to ARC members for comment. The materials would describe ARC and would contain concrete examples of ARC ideas; including those that have been implemented by the Walker Administration. The materials would communicate that:
  • The Alliance embraces concepts acceptable to business;
  • It develops consensus out of a variety of opinions; and
  • It is available to give input to legislators.

After ARC members agree on the materials, DuPont would meet with legislative leaders as the Alliance representative. He would then send the introductory email to all legislators and arrange for the briefing session for interested legislators.

The next meeting of Alliance Members was not addressed.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

Note: Subsequent to the member meeting, attendees at the ARC Fire Safety Team meeting agreed that the next member meeting and next Fire Safety Team meeting should be held on March 5, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively.


Meeting Attendees

Organization Represented

Betsy Ahner

Wisconsin Propane Gas Association

Chris Schoenbeck

Wisconsin Fire Protection Coalition

Corey Gall

Wisconsin Fire Protection Coalition

Dan Gengler

Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety

Dave Bloom

Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association

Jeff Bateman

Wisconsin Fire Protection Coalition

Joe Hertel

International Association of Electrical Inspectors, WI Chapter

John Mielke

Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin

Mahlon Mitchell

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Matthew Mertens

Wisconsin Code Officials Alliance

Misha Lee

Wisconsin Insurance Alliance

Richard Paur

Wisconsin Code Officials Alliance

Scott Satula

Wisconsin Code Officials Alliance

Tom Johnson

Wisconsin Code Officials Alliance

Bob DuPont

Regulatory Guidance and Design, LLC

This summary was prepared by Bob DuPont, Regulatory Guidance and Design, LLC.

It was issued on January 28, 2013.