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PIA Federal Legislative Summit

The 2015 FLS Will Be Held on March 25-26, 2015



For the FLS Webpage

PIA's Premier Grassroots Event

 

2015 FLS Quick Links

2015 FLS & PIAPAC Dinner Registration Form

Please note: This 2015 FLS registration form is a combined registration form for the FLS, PIAPAC dinner and the Spring PIA National board and committee meetings. Please disregard the sections for Friday, March 27 through Saturday, March 28 if you are not planning to attend those meetings, which are not part of the FLS or PIAPAC events.

Share Your Meeting Schedule With PIA

Please let us know when you've scheduled meetings! Click here to let us know the date/time of your Congressional visits.

Current PIA Issues of Focus

  1. Small Business & Tax Reform
  2. Healthcare Reform
  3. State Regulation
  4. Crop Insurance
  5. Flood Insurance

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Level Sponsors
Progressive Insurance
The PIA Partnership

Gold Level Sponsors
ADM Crop Risk Services

Silver Level Sponsors
Liberty Mutual
Nationwide Insurance
State Auto Insurance
The Hartford

Bronze Level Sponsors
Motorists Insurance Group
Wright Flood

PIA Members: Thank you for your support of our valued FLS Sponsors.

Contact Us

Have a question about the 2015 PIA Federal Legislative Summit or want to be a corporate sponsor? Contact Jon Gentile, PIA National's director of federal affairs, at either (703) 518-1365 or jonge@pianet.org.

Getting Past the Gatekeepers:
House Schedulers and the DOs and DON'Ts of Meeting Requests

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 2015 PIA FLS begins on the evening of Wednesday, March 25, with an in-depth issue briefing and question and answer session at the Crystal City Marriott with PIA staff. A special “early bird” briefing can be arranged for Wednesday morning if you wish to get an early start.

Thursday morning, participants will gather for a kickoff breakfast and will then spend the remainder of the day on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers regarding issues discussed in Wednesday's policy briefing. Between visits with members of Congress, participants will be able to discuss their progress in the Debriefing Room, conveniently located on Capitol Hill.

Additionally, the Professional Insurance Agents Political Action Committee (PIAPAC) will also hold its annual PIAPAC Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday night, March 25th, from 7pm to 10:30pm. All FLS participants are encouraged to attend. For questions about this event, please contact Stephanie Klarer, PIA National's government affairs coordinator, at either (703) 518-1364 or stephaniekl@pianet.org.

Issues to Be Addressed at the 2015 FLS

 

Participants in the 2015 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 2015 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 2015 FLS, please contact Jon Gentile, PIA National’s director of federal affairs, 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 (below) and sending it in to PIA National.

Register for Event

Click here to download the 2015 FLS registration form.

Please note: This 2015 FLS registration form is a combined registration form for the FLS, PIAPAC dinner and the Spring PIA National board and committee meetings. Please disregard the sections for Friday, March 27 through Saturday, March 28 if you are not planning to attend those meetings, which are not part of the FLS or PIAPAC events.

Reserve Hotel Room

PIA National will have a room block available at the Crystal City Marriott. The hotel is located at 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. It is approximately 1 mile from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and is located by the Crystal City stop on the Metro's Blue and Yellow lines.

To reserve your room at the Crystal City Marriott, call 800-228-9290 or 703-413-5500. The PIA group rate is $209/night. The PIA group code is "napnapa". You can also register online by clicking here.

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 Stephanie Klarer, PIA National's government affairs coordinator, at either (703) 518-1364 or stephaniekl@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.

Senate Contact Information
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).

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 on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Contact Information

 

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

Have a question about the PIAPAC Fundraising Dinner? Please contact Stephanie Klarer, PIA National’s government affairs coordinator, at either (703) 518-1364 or stephaniekl@pianet.org.