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State Board Report

February 2015

Legislative Support Committee Chair A. Carlos Barrera (TX) urged those at the January Board of Directors meeting to encourage all State Board members, executive directors and NASBA associates who have personal and/or professional relationships with those serving in state and federal legislatures or in the executive branch of state government to become participants in NASBA’s Key Person Contact (KPC) program. The program’s goal is to establish a strong internal legislative network for transmitting information to legislators and reporting information about pending legislation to NASBA and the State Boards. More information can be found on the Key Person Contact page.

John Johnson, NASBA Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs, explained that the KPC program will act to enhance the legislative tracking program now in place. Currently, Mr. Johnson is tracking over 100 bills that directly impact accounting regulation and over 400 that might be significant to regulators. As bills arise in state legislatures, Mr. Johnson contacts the State Boards to let them know he is monitoring the bills’ progress and to offer assistance to the State Boards if needed.

"We’ve helped Boards by providing information to bring to their legislators, as well as offered aid in drafting legislation and providing experts to testify. This is all part of NASBA’s mission to ‘enhance the effectiveness and advance the common interests of the Boards of Accountancy,’" Mr. Johnson stated.

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