Government Advocacy

Currently at Issue:

COVID-19 Relief 

COVID Related Return to Play Legislation

NSGA is a member of the PLAY Sports Coalition. 

Health & Fitness 

NSGA supports the PHIT Act that would broaden the definition of how citizens could spend their Health Savings/Flexible Savings accounts to include fitness- and health-based products and activities. 

Recent Successes:

Sales Tax Fairness 

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) applauded the United States Supreme Court’s decision that permits states to require out-of-state Internet sellers to collect and remit the sales taxes that are due. Click here to learn more.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage issue is being debated on several levels – federal, state and local. NSGA is monitoring this issue and urges retailer and team dealer members to let NSGA know when the Association’s action is needed in your state or municipality. You can call (847) 296-6742. 

  • For up-to-date information on minimum wage legislation at the state level, click here.
  • For information on minimum wage legislation at the local level, click here.  

Past Successes:

Missouri Department of Conservation Jurisdiction

Governor’s veto of state bill cited and reaffirmed constitutional authority of Conservation Department over wild deer population in state where hunting has a $1 billion impact, including sales of hunting gear through member stores

Coalition Against Unfair Stadium Taxes

Removed licensed product taxes from two professional stadium financing packages

Net Operating Loss Carryback Act

Helped ease tax burden for retailers during “Great Recession”

Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)

NSGA continues to lead its membership in support of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), signed into law on December 21, 2000. NSGA participates in the annual effort to maintain funding of this program, the only line item in the Department of Education budget that deals with physical education.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

NSGA supports full and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was included in President Obama’s FY 2016 budget. This uses no taxpayer dollars and helps fund local and state parks and recreation areas.

For questions about government advocacy, contact Julie Pitts, Director of Public Affairs, at jpitts@nsga.org or      (847) 296-NSGA (6742), ext. 1180.