DEMA has adopted the following Public Policy Position Statements that represent the legislative platform for the association. The Public Policy Committee is responsible for making recommendations on Position Statements to the Board of Directors, and advocating specific bills that address approved Position Statements.
- Business Management
DEMA supports legislation that eases expenses and regulatory burdens on the management of diving businesses of all sizes.
DEMA supports legislation to protect the right of all businesses to continue to communicate with their customers and to the public at large in furtherance of their purposes.
Background: Forms of communications that are considered within this Position Statement include fax, email, telephone, regular mail, mobile, social media, and website.
- Employment Practices and 40-Hour Work Week
DEMA supports flexibility in employment practices for all diving businesses.
Background: Legislation will be reviewed that would increase or restrict employment practices for our members. Employment practices on which DEMA supports increased flexibility include: work hours, minimum wages, non-exempt vs exempt, rules regarding independent contractor vs employees, and other labor practices.
- Environmental Issues
DEMA supports reforms that promote the health of aquatic resources while protecting diver access to those resources so that we all have a place to dive that is clean and healthy.
- Fair Government Practices
DEMA supports government programs that help grow the diving industry, reduce regulatory burdens or provide business or consumer incentives for participation. DEMA seeks to include recreational diving in government-based programs when such programs which could be beneficial exist to assist other non-diving activities.
- Health Care
The diving business community encourages legislation that will allow businesses to offer cost effective insurance programs to their employees without undue regulation or penalty.
- Safety Regulations
DEMA supports reforms that help keep divers safe both at the surface and underwater, but which protect diver access to the aquatic realm.
- Workers Compensation Insurance
DEMA supports reforms that simplify the system making workers compensation insurance more affordable while maintaining high quality services to the injured, and supporting our members’ need to access affordable workers compensation insurance programs.
- Insurance and Liability Protection
DEMA supports reforms that generally improve the defensibility of dive product and services providers, and support the long-term viability and availability of diving-related business and professional insurance.
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
DEMA supports efforts to grow and expand recreational diving and snorkeling.