The Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) was formed in 1965, and for more than 55 years has been protecting and representing the rights of the Mobile Amusement Industry throughout the United States and Canada.
The OABA represents our members on a wide variety of legislative issues. Not only are we constantly involved with state amusement ride issues, we represent the interests of our industry with other federal and state regulatory entities such as Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, Consumer Products Safety Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Here are some of the benefits we provide OABA members:
OABA, in partnership with Husch Blackwell Strategies (HBS), a Washington DC based lobbying firm, is the leading voice on legislative matters impacting the outdoor amusement business industry. Over the past 6 years, the OABA and HBS have been on the front lines of the battle over reforms to the H-2B temporary visa program, wage rules, housing issues and tax policy.
Through the effort of our partners, and most importantly our OABA members, we have grown the number of “champions” for our industry on Capitol Hill and won important legislative victories. Developing and maintaining new and existing legislative champions on Capitol Hill ensures that our interests and priorities are considered when future legislation is debated.
OABA’s efforts on Capitol Hill have not only raised the profile of our industry but also strengthened our ties to other industries facing similar challenges. The OABA is a proud member of the H2B Workforce Coalition, a group of diverse industries (i.e. hospitality, landscaping, forestry, seafood processing) that are the leading voice on H2B reform.
As each new year begins the OABA Government Relations Committee meets to establish the legislative priorities for the upcoming year. This group of OABA members helps guarantee that the focus of our federal advocacy efforts remains relevant to the ever-changing needs of our members.
To read more about our partners at HBS click here.
See a list of recent victories and active Federal priorities -- 116th Congress.
OABA monitors state and federal rulemaking process, informs members of proposed rules and provides public comment on behalf of the industry. Many of our members serve on State amusement ride advisory boards.
Political Action Committee
The OABA PAC is a tool that allows members to pool their state and federal campaign contribution dollars together. These funds are used to host and attend political events across the nation, ensuring that our allies in both political parties have the resources needed to continue the fight for our priorities.
For more details concerning the OABA PAC, click here.
Throughout the year, via both in-person visits and broad calls to action, the OABA connects our members with elected officials. These grassroots efforts enable our members to share their personal stories with lawmakers and provide decision makers with detailed and researched information about the needs of our industry.
Alliances and Coalitions
The OABA participates in many coalitions and alliances to strengthen our impact and further the policy goals of the amusement industry. The OABA also participates with other trade associations such as NICA, IAAPA, IAVM.
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