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PIA Holds Successful 2010 Federal Legislative Summit

During a day of congressional visits on March 18, PIA members addressed key issues including regulatory reform, healthcare reform, natural catastrophe policy, flood insurance...
March 25, 2010

PIA members from around the country converged on Washington, D.C. last week for the 2010 PIA Federal Legislative Summit.

During a day of congressional visits on March 18, PIA members addressed key issues including regulatory reform, healthcare reform, natural catastrophe policy, flood insurance issues and proposed revisions to the crop insurance industry's Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA). Agents also reminded lawmakers of their steadfast support for state-based regulation of insurance and opposition to federal insurance regulation.

The FLS began March 17 with an orientation session followed by an in-depth legislative briefing conducted by PIA government affairs staffers. During the session, PIA presented its 2010 Legislator of the Year award to Louisiana Congressman Charlie Melancon. The conservative Blue Dog Democrat is a former member of PIA who was instrumental in inserting legislative language in healthcare reform bills that ensure that professional insurance agents will be able to sell policies under the new health insurance exchanges.

On March 18, a kickoff breakfast was held before the daylong legislative visits. The keynote speaker was former Congressman Tom Davis (R-Va.), who served for 14 years as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

Following the PIA congressional visits, a reception for all summit participants was held at the Capitol Hill Club, followed by the annual fundraising and awards dinner of the PIA Political Action Committee (PIAPAC). During the dinner Peter Earnest, the founding executive director of the International Spy Museum and a 35-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), spoke to agents about national security issues.