Government Review Committee
The Mission of the Government Review Committee (GRC) is to provide a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state, and federal government issues, thus creating a favorable and profitable business climate.
The GRC reviews proposed legislation and issues which might have ramifications for local businesses. The evaluation shall also take into account prior Chamber positions adopted by the Board of Directors. The GRC makes recommendations, when appropriate, to the Board of Directors for the purpose of establishing official Chamber positions.
The GRC is committed to the long-term economic success of our local business community. The GRC works to improve the effectiveness of legislation and regulations which affect our business environment every day. The GRC reviews the actions of our elected officials and advocates for public policies which improve the economic outlook for members of the Chamber.
At GRC meetings, guest speakers with business and political expertise may address the concerns of GRC members and bring essential facts and insights about issues facing the entire Chamber membership.
If you are concerned about a government issue that is impacting your business, please let a member of the GRC know!
Policy & Procedures of the Government Review Committee
I. Mission Statement
The mission of this committee shall be to provide a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state, and federal government issues, thus creating a favorable and profitable business climate.
II. Legislative Policy Platform (Guidelines)
To review any proposed legislation or issue which might have ramifications for local businesses.
The Governmental Review Committee (“GRC”) of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, and those delegated to act on behalf the GRC, are empowered by the authority of the Board of Directors to take positions on relevant legislative matters without the formal approval of the full Board of Directors. If timing permits, positions on legislative matters may be referred for a direct vote of the Board of Directors, or via e-mails, fax or phone ballots. In all cases, such actions should be guided by the legislative policy platform which follows:
WE SUPPORT POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT:
- Promote a business-friendly environment
- Attract new businesses
- Retain and extend the longevity of existing businesses
- Encourage job creation and growth
- Utilize government services efficiently
- Promote privatization when reasonable
- Reform of government regulations that are burdensome and the reduction of duplicative or duplicative government oversight
- Curtail frivolous litigation
- Encourage a safer, more livable community
The committee shall consist of chamber members in good standing, representing different areas of expertise. Along with voting members (those who represent the Chamber at the Inland Empire Chamber Alliance), the committee will consist of additional non-voting members to serve in the capacity of advisors and informational resources. The committee is open to all Chamber members in good standing with the time and interest in government affairs and public policy.
Consideration for Membership
Prospective committee members must be current Chamber members and can apply for openings of the committee by notifying the Chamber office, Committee Chair, or by filling out the “GRC Prospective Member Questionnaire”. The GRG committee will select prospective candidates to fill specific categories/areas of work for the committee.
The Governmental Review Committee meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. in the Ayres Hotel meeting room. If a council member accumulates more than 4 absences a year, the member may be removed from the committee.
Minutes shall be kept of all GRC meetings by the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, or an assigned staff person and all recommendations shall be in writing.
A quorum will consist of those committee members in attendance at any regularly scheduled meeting.
If you are interested in serving on the Government Review Committee, please fill out this form. The committee will review submitted applications at monthly meetings to determine availability for new committee members. The committee strives to represent a diverse selection of industries so there is expertise from salient areas to help determine platform policy and legislative advocacy on behalf of the membership. Please include why you are interested in serving on this committee.