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History of Unity-One voice Breeds Legislative Success
History tells us here in Oklahoma, that the Chiropractic profession has had more legislative success when one voice with the same message/agenda is delivered at the Capitol. For the most part, that was the case throughout the 1900’s until approximately 1985. The Chiropractic Association of Oklahoma (CAO) was the only Association with a lobbyist, when a separate association sprung up, mainly to acquire membership dollars for the founder to use for reimbursement of travel and entertainment expenses for what he considered to benefit Chiropractic. That action resulted in a small group of other DC’s forming another group with the sole purpose of discrediting that splinter group and be recognized as an elite fund raiser.
None the less, even though there were those multiple groups for approximately a decade, they realized that working harmoniously together as the Joint Chiropractic Association (JCA) with a combined board of directors and one voice the Capitol was far more beneficial for the better good of the whole profession. Consequently, the leadership of all three groups basically dropped their identities with their individual Associations, portraying an even stronger bond to the profession and the Legislators. As a result, the JCA passed or killed 38 pieces of pro or anti-Chiropractic legislation respectively, during the 1985 through 1989 legislative sessions.