PIA Federal Legislative Summit
The 2014 FLS Was Held on March 26-27, 2014
PIA's Premier Grassroots Event
2014 FLS Quick Links
Please note: This 2014 FLS registration form is a combined registration form for the FLS, PIAPAC dinner and also the Spring PIA National Board and Committee Meetings. Please disregard the sections for Friday, March 28th through Saturday, March 29th if you are not planning to attend those meetings, which are not part of the FLS and PIAPAC events.
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What Is the Federal Legislative Summit?
The annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS) is a gathering of PIA members who come together in the nation’s capital to meet with their elected representatives. It is an opportunity to meet/reacquaint yourself with your Members of Congress and to demonstrate to them that you are willing to take time out of your busy schedule to travel to Washington, DC, to discuss issues that are of importance to independent insurance agents.
What Happens at the FLS?
The 2014 PIA FLS begins on the evening of Wednesday, March 26, with an in-depth issue briefing and Q&A at the Crystal City Marriott. A special “early bird” briefing can be arranged for Wednesday morning if you wish to get an early start on Capitol Hill.
The following morning, participants will gather for a kickoff breakfast. Agents spend the remainder of the day on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers regarding issues that are important to professional independent insurance agents. Between visits to Members of Congress, participants will be able to unwind and report on 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 during the FLS. All FLS participants are encouraged to attend. For questions about this event contact Julia Domagalski, PIA National's government affairs coordinator, at either (703) 518-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issues to Be Addressed at the 2014 FLS
Participants in the 2014 PIA FLS will focus on a few issues that are of the utmost importance to independent insurance agents. All registrants will receive printed position papers, talking point note cards, tips and other materials to ensure their visits are successful. Our current Issue Papers are listed under the 2014 FLS Quick Links section. 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 2014 FLS, please contact Jon Gentile, PIA National’s director of federal affairs, at either (703) 518-1365 or email@example.com.
Where Do I Start
If you've never visited your lawmakers on Capital 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
Please note: This 2014 FLS registration form is a combined registration form for the FLS, PIAPAC dinner and also the Spring PIA National board and committee meetings. Please disregard the sections for Friday, Friday, March 28 through Saturday, March 29 if you are not planning to attend those meetings, which are not part of the FLS and PIAPAC events.
Reserve Hotel Room
If you're ready, you can book your hotel room now under PIA National's room block at the . 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 Metro's Blue and Yellow lines.
Although logistics for each state's delegation vary, generally delegations visit Senators together. As schedules permit, delegations visit constituent's 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 Julia Domagalski, PIA National's Government Affairs Coordinator, at either (703) 518-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
To prepare for the meeting, the Member of Congress may want to know what issues you want to speak about. This webpage 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 a couple of the issues that PIA will ask attendees to discuss with their Members of Congress are (1) that the insurance industry shouldn't 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 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 discuss 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).
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, , directions and other materials.
Congressional handbooks, additional position papers and other support materials will be provided at briefing sessions on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
Have a question about the FLS? Please contact Jon Gentile, PIA National’s director of federal affairs, at either (703) 518-1365 or email@example.com.
Have a question about the PIAPAC Fundraising Dinner? Please contact Julia Domagalski, PIA National’s government affairs coordinator, at either (703) 518-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.