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Old 05-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ITA Update 5/11/12

Member Update 05/11/2012:



President's Message
The ITA board conducted its first quarter 2012 meeting on April 24 in Baltimore, Maryland. This was a very important meeting because this was the first opportunity for the board to look at revenue trends and projections. Good news/bad news -- We are ahead of 2012 targets but still behind what we did in 2011.
As we conducted our review, in the non-salon dues category we found that the vast majority of the businesses are members and those members include all the major players. Once again, however, salon businesses lag far behind. While most the major chains and franchise operations are with us, 80% of the roughly 18,000 salon businesses still ride on the paying members' coattails and that has to improve.
We also had a management consultant review our operations and tell us what we need to focus on going forward. No surprise, we learned that securing additional revenue streams is our most critical need. The consultant, an expert in the operation of 501 C-6 non-profit trade associations, told the board there are four ways that associations such as the ITA bring in revenue certification, magazines, dues and conferences. The ITA depends almost solely on dues and we were told that needs to change if we are to survive.
The board is actively exploring ways to correct these problems.
Thanks, Rob
State Legislation
We took another hit in late April when Vermont became the second state to enact an under 18 ban. Vermont is a state known for government activism, as evidenced by the fact that one of its two United States Senators is the only Socialist in the Congress. It is unfortunate when these outlier states pass these laws but we take solace in the fact that mainstream state governments have not followed California's lead.
The Arizona legislature completed its 2012 session last week and the anti-tanning legislation is now dead. The Connecticut and Minnesota legislatures also adjourned this week ending threats there. In Missouri, the House rejected several teen bans instead approving a bill requiring parental consent under the age of 18. At this point, it is unclear whether the Senate will have time to act on that proposal before the target adjournment date in May.
A couple of big questions marks still remain. The North Carolina legislature will convene in May for a two month session. The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force met in April and recommended to the legislature they ban teens under 18. The legislature will review that recommendation in May and June. The legislature has rejected similar proposals in the past but businesses across North Carolina need to let the elected officials in Raleigh know how they feel about this intrusion of government into raising children.
In Delaware, we heard rumors all winter and spring to expect a fight over an under 21 ban this year. While the talk continues and businesses statewide weigh in with their elected officials, we still have not seen a bill.
We are still actively fighting proposals that would place unreasonable restrictions on the industry in a number of states including Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. In some states the legislatures will adjourn by June. However, in other state capitals the process will go throughout the rest of the year.
The tale of the New Jersey mother who entered the national spotlight for allegedly letting her 6 year old daughter tan indoors has caused a flurry media attention on the industry and caused problems in several states, not the least of which is New Jersey and New York. This week cancer groups held press conferences in Trenton and Albany capitalizing on the publicity from that story. In Albany, the cancer groups are hosting a lobby day to put pressure on the state senate to pass the teen tan ban. We are mobilizing our troops as well. This story was a gift to our opponents and it keeps on giving.
Federal Issues -- FDA Reauthorization
In the Senate draft of the FDA reauthorization legislation, there are two provisions that could affect our industry.
A small but vocal group of Members of Congress have engaged in a sustained battle against the indoor tanning industry over the past four years and have repeatedly sought to pressure the FDA to impose burdensome regulations on the indoor tanning industry. The sting operation a couple of months ago emanating from the House Energy and Commerce Committee's minority staff was another salvo in this ongoing campaign. To counter this effort, we have been aggressively meeting with key policy makers in both the House and Senate, educating them about the industry and making sure understand how people back home will be affected if the FDA is forced to succumb to political pressure instead of sound science.
A new bill (S.2301) was introduced in the United States Senate in April by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) called the TAN Act (Tanning Transparency and Notification Act). This legislation would require the FDA to report to Congress on "whether the labeling requirements for indoor tanning devices provide sufficient information to consumers regarding the risks that the use of such devices pose for the development of irreversible damage to the eyes and skin, including skin cancer.
As most industry veterans know, the FDA has had the authority over the warning label since the 1980's and industry leaders have been working with the Agency to make the label clearer and more user friendly for years. This bill is another shot in the same on-going fight. The Reed bill is also included in the Senate draft of the FDA Reauthorization legislation.
There is another provision in the Senate draft that could present challenges. Section 601 would give the FDA the authority toreclassify medical devices without going through the existing standard procedures ( i.e. notice of proposed rule in the Federal Register, comment period, respond to comments, final rule). This is the pet project of the Senate Health Committee chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and while this is not aimed at us, if enacted, it could certainly be used against us.
There is nothing similar in the House drafts right now and our contacts on the committee tell us it will likely be opposed by House Republicans. However, with a Democrat in the White House and the Democrat Senate committee chairman as sponsor, this has to be taken seriously.
Thanks Again to All ITA Supporters
As we work to make sure state and Federal policymakers know the truth and leave your businesses alone, we want to thank those companies that pay for this effort. Please support the ITA's manufacturers and suppliers nationwide.

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Please Support the ITA-Political Action Committee
So much of the long term success of the industry is dependent on politics and for that reason; the ITA PAC is a critical element in our overall legislative strategy. This is an election year and the stakes are high. Change is in the air. A number of our supporters who hold traditionally safe seats are worried about what may happen in November. ITA must step up to the plate and show our allies they can depend on us when the chips are down. We need to contribute approximately $45,000 to our friends' campaigns in the next five months.
Please support the ITA PAC. It is an investment in our industry's future; an investment that will pay great dividends down the road. Thank you for your commitment to ITA so far. Please make a generous contribution to the PAC of $1,000, $500 or $100 and help us make sure our friends stay in decision-making positions in the U.S. Congress.
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If you are not a member of ITA then you should be. I have serious issues with what they do but they are still a net gain for our industry. Almost all the big chains belong. 80% of the little guys dont join? Why is that? The government might wipe you our long before competition does if enough salons dont join and collectively fight back! Please join today!
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Tony WOW this one we must diagree on. I have/had been a member of the ITA for as long as I can remember. NOT now. Will not join again until things change. This topic deserves a good debate. Will it change my mind? Probably not but you can try.
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Small amount of money. Small enough to still be worth the return they provide. Besides who else will do it? its just not enough money to be on the wrong side. i want them to improve but until they do its the best we got


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I am a member and agree with Frankie and Tony. The ITA is our only provider of message to Washington as salons seldom act and it's very short money to join seems illogical not to join.

That said the way they communicate with me as a member and to respond to any outside pressure ranks about a 1/10% in quality. Remember the bergman woman yikes

The articles in magazines are one run on sentence. Unreadable.

This is a soundbite world.

We also need our information more than 3 hours before it's due.

Act now you have 13 minutes until this is voted on...
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I for one didn't realize that 80% of us are not members. The only reason I know this is because I am on these forums on occasion. There definitely needs to be some sort of campaign to get us salons to join the effort imho. I have been on the fence about joining for the past year. These boards can be very discouraging as I am sure you all are aware. The entire industry can be discouraging. The most encouraging thing I have seen has been Joe Levy's representation of our industry this past week or so.
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We all need to join. Its not that much money and its the best we got. Do they need to improve? Heck yes but so does our entire industry. ITA does a bad job of marketing but
salons are notoriously cheap as well. Bad combo! Drop the money and help out. Its
just not enough money to make your company look cheap!
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Tony the money is not the issue with me. Call me cheap if you like but I have very strong feelings about this. I am part of MR International and we are a member so I am doing my part as far as the money goes.

I am just really tired of all the promises. Maybe you think I am looking at this wrong but after being thrown under the bus by John Overstreet I just said no more.

When the ITA is stopped being run by certain people then maybe just maybe things will change. Until then I am out.

IMHO we need Joe Levy.
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