AVMA's Legislative Scoring System

AVMA prioritizes how it will address bills or regulations when they are posed in Congress. The scoring system uses the following five rankings:
  • Active Pursuit of Passage – This means that a high priority application of AVMA resources will be expended to pass the bill.
  • Support – This means that AVMA supports the bill; however, it is not a high priority. A low priority application of AVMA resources should be expended on the bill. However, if asked, AVMA is on record for supporting the bill.
  • Non-Support – This means that AVMA does not support the bill as written, and it is not a high priority. A low priority application of AVMA resources should be expended on the bill. However, if asked, AVMA is on record of not supporting the bill. If applicable and appropriate, AVMA may identify areas of the bill that would need to be changed for support of the bill to be a consideration.
  • Active Pursuit of Defeat – This means that a high priority application of AVMA resources will be expended to stop the bill from becoming law.
  • No Action – This means that AVMA has reviewed the bill, but has not taken a position. The Governmental Relations Division staff will continue to monitor the legislation and advise AVMA’s Legislative Advisory Committee should the legislation’s status change.