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Legislative Report Blog
The Legislative Report blog* provides timely information on federal and state legislation and regulations and state trends as well as the myriad issues affecting the private club industry. A companion to CMAA's Legislative website, this resource should be your first stop for any information regarding legal, tax or legislative club-specific issues.    *member-only. Please login.

Legislative Summary

This online tool allows members to quickly and easily monitor Association-tracked legislation for the federal government and all 50 states. This resource provides all versions of the text including full bill text, history, sponsor information, current status and fiscal information.


CMAA’s Constituent Contact Portal,, will enable you to get involved in the issues that affect the club industry, immediately contact your Members of Congress electronically when it matters the most and review current priority issues. During the coming election season, this website can also be used to register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, learn more about candidates and link to their individual websites, locate a voting place and much more.

501(c)(7) Tax Exempt Club information

There are many questions surrounding tax-exempt social clubs under IRC section 501(c)(7). According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a social club is organized for pleasure, recreation and other similar non profitable purposes and substantially all of its activities are for these purposes. more...

Health Care Reform

On March 21, the House of Representatives voted 219-212 to pass the $871 billion Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590), originally passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009. On March 23, President Obama signed this measure into law. Find out what you need to know about employer requirements, seasonal employees and individual tax consequences. more…

Accessible Golf  

The mission of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf is to increase participation of people with disabilities in the game of golf, and the overarching purpose of the Alliance is to develop solutions to critical issues relative to making the game of golf accessible to persons with disabilities. more...

Americans with Disabilities Act and Accessibility Issues  

Originally enacted in 1990, the ADA was updated, specifically Titles II and III, including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. These changes specifically address recreational facilities and include specific requirements for recreational boating facilities; exercise machines and equipment; golf facilities; swimming pools, wading pools and spas; and saunas and steam rooms.   more...   (member only; password required)  

Music Licensing  

Most clubs play music in their establishment for the enjoyment of their members. In the case of recorded music, the performance rights generally are owned by either the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI); or SESAC, Inc. As such, clubs must obtain a licensing fee to obtain the legal permission required to perform copyrighted music under the U.S. Copyright Law. more...

Motion Picture Licensing

The Federal Copyright Act stipulates that copyrighted motion pictures and other audiovisual programs that are available for rental or purchase, such as DVDs or other digital formats (videos), are intended for personal, private use only. Showing videos in a child care program, at a private club or outdoors on a golf course is considered a "public performance" and requires a license.  more...

National Golf Day Presented by WE ARE GOLF

Held annually, this event brings together the industry in advocating the economic, environmental and philanthropic contributions of golf to the nation. more...


In September of 2003, CMAA signed an Alliance with OSHA to promote safe and healthful working conditions for membership club employees. In February of 2005, CMAA renewed its Alliance and added a new scope of concentration, landscaping and horticulture. In October 2007, the Alliance was again renewed.  more...

Youth Workers

Many clubs hire teenagers to serve in the capacity of maintenance staff, waitstaff, interns and other positions throughout the club. There are, however, various regulations with respect to what job duties teenage workers can and cannot be asked to do. more...