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PIA Federal Legislative Summit

The 2018 FLS Will Be Held on April 23-26, 2018



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Have a question about the 2018 PIA Federal Legislative Summit or want to be a corporate sponsor? Contact Jon Gentile, PIA National's Vice President of Government Relations, at either (703) 518-1365 or jonge@pianet.org.

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What Is the Federal Legislative Summit?

The annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS) is a gathering of PIA members in the nation’s capital to meet with their elected representatives. This is a great opportunity to meet with your members of Congress to discuss issues that are of importance to you as an independent insurance agent.

What Happens at the FLS?

The 2018 PIA FLS begins on Monday, April 23 at the Hilton Crystal City.

Wednesday morning, participants will gather for a breakfast and will then spend the remainder of the day on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers regarding issues discussed at the FLS policy briefing. Between visits with members of Congress, participants will be able to discuss their progress in the Cloakroom, convenient located on Capitol Hill.

Additionally, the Professional Insurance Agents Political Action Committee (PIAPAC) will also hold the PIAPAC Fundraising Reception on Wednesday, April 25, at the Capitol Hill Club on Capitol Hill. All FLS participants are encouraged to attend! For questions about this event, please contact Jessica Carlton, PIA National’s legislative associate, at either (703) 518-1364 or jessicaca@pianet.org.

Issues to Be Addressed at the 2018 FLS

Participants in the 2018 PIA FLS will focus on issues that are of the utmost importance to independent insurance agents. All registrants will receive position papers, talking point note cards that include.tips for conducting successful congressional visits.and other materials to ensure their visits are successful. Our current Issue Papers are listed under the 2018 FLS Quick Links section in the shaded blue box. Issue Papers will be updated, as needed, prior to the event, so check back often! For more information about the issues PIA will be focusing on at the 2018 FLS, please contact Jon Gentile, PIA National’s vice president of government relations, at either (703) 518-1365 or jonge@pianet.org.

Where Do I Start

If you've never visited your lawmakers on Capitol Hill, this process may seem intimidating. Rest assured, the staff at PIA and many PIA members in your home state have done this before and will be with you every step of the way.

Start by completing the registration form and sending it in to PIA National.

Reserve Hotel Room

PIA National has a room block available at the Hilton Crystal City. The hotel is located at 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202. It is approximately 1 mile from Ronald Regan National Airport (DCA) and is located near the Crystal City stop on the Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines.

To reserve your room at the Hilton Crystal City, call 703-418-6800 or 703-413-5500. The PIA group rate is $189/night. Be sure to use the PIA Group code (TBD) to receive this reduced rate.

State Delegations

Although logistics for each state's delegation vary, generally delegations visit senators together. As schedules permit, delegations visit constituents' representatives as a whole or in clusters, ensuring that a seasoned FLS veteran is present at each visit.

To find out who coordinates FLS activities for PIA members in your home state or to request a PIA National representative at your meeting(s), please contact Jessica Carlton, PIA National's legislative associate, at either (703) 518-1364 or jessicaca@pianet.org.

Scheduling Congressional Visits

When scheduling congressional visits, remember that the U.S. mail service to Capitol Hill is extremely slow.

The best way to  contact your member of Congress is to call their Washington, D.C., office and ask to speak with the scheduler. Most likely, the scheduler will ask the name of your group (PIA) and how many people will be in attendance.

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House Contact Information

To prepare for the meeting, the member of Congress may want to know what issues you would like to discuss. You can find this information on our webpage, and it will be updated as the FLS draws closer and as the specific issues PIA would like FLS attendees to discuss are determined. However, you can presume that issues that PIA will ask attendees to discuss with their members of Congress are (1) that the insurance industry should not be federally regulated; and (2) insurance agents across all lines of insurance shouldn't have their compensation cut by the federal government.

Many offices may ask you to send a written request, especially if you want to meet with the Member, so be prepared to fax or email a letter requesting a meeting. Be sure to include all the information mentioned above.

Please let us know when you've scheduled meetings! Click here to let us know the date/time of your Congressional visits. This will help PIA staff schedule photographers and videographers for the day. When arranging the visit, please ask about  the possibility of a photographer or videographer attending the meeting. Determine in advance if this is acceptable during the meeting (candid) or as an organized group photo (before, during or after the meeting).

Transportation

PIA will have buses available on April 25 after the FLS breakfast to drop attendees off on Capitol Hill. Due to the staggered meetings of FLS attendees, we do not have a return bus from Capitol Hill back to the hotel. We strongly urge attendees to take Metro, a taxi or a ride share service.

Confirmation Packets

All registrants will receive an email confirming their registration shortly after their registration form is processed. Later, participants will receive a confirmation packet containing position papers, talking-points note cards, tips for conducting successful congressional visits, directions and other materials.

Additional documents will be provided at briefing sessions.

Contact Information

Have a question about the FLS? Please contact Jon Gentile, PIA National’s vice president of government relations, at either (703) 518-1365 or jonge@pianet.org.

Have a question about the PIAPAC Fundraising Reception? Please contact Jessica Carlton, PIA National’s legislative associate, at either (703) 518-1364 or jessicaca@pianet.org.