The ARA of Kentucky offered a powerful weekend of events when it hosted a theft of service meeting Saturday, April 9, and then a favorite member event, A Day at the Races at Keeneland Racecourse, on Sunday, April 10.
The meeting, which took place at EnCon Equipment in Nicholasville, Ky., featured a presentation by Rep. Matt Lockett (R), the new legislator for the state’s 39th district. He addressed House Bill 553, which he championed. This bill would add rental to the current theft of services statute that is on the books.
Then on Sunday, rental operators gathered for an ARA of Kentucky tradition — A Day at the Races at Keeneland Racecourse.
It was the perfect combination, according to Ian Goff, CERP, general manager, Goff Tents & Events, Nicholasville, Ky., and ARA of Kentucky president.
“There is a current theft of services law in the state of Kentucky, but items held for rental are not included in that bill. We always felt that this was on our radar and something we could achieve that would be a huge benefit to the membership and the state. Matt, who is my representative, immediately saw the value of changing that because of not only how it was affecting our businesses but also how it was affecting the state to collect revenue on these contracts that we were basically having to write off as bad debt. Within a few days he filed House Bill 553. Then the Sunday event, which is uniquely Kentucky, offered everyone a chance to gather, have a nice meal, see the races and network,” he says.