Taking the hill.Participants in ASAE's Legislative Summit and American Associations American Association refers to one of the following professional baseball leagues:
When on one day in June more than 300 association executives from 40 states took a trip to the halls of Congress, they went with information in hand and a mission in mind. Fresh data - courtesy of a recent ASAE ASAE American Society of Association Executives
ASAE American Society of Agricultural Engineers (Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food, and Biological Systems)
ASAE Alkali-Sulfite-Anthraquinone-Ethanol Foundation study - helped fuel their efforts to provide their legislators a better basis for weighing, as part of the public policy process, associations' significant contributions to our culture, economy, and quality of life.
In all, association advocates conducted more than 150 visits with members of Congress on June 11, American Associations Day. Association executives spoke of 8,000 surveyed associations together employing more than 250,000 people. and annually paying $1 billion in taxes, contributing more than 173 million volunteer hours, and spending more than $10 billion on education and training - all key findings of the foundation study left with congressional offices.
Equally important, American Associations Day participants discussed with their legislators two current and critically important issues: 1) repeal The Annulment or abrogation of a previously existing statute by the enactment of a later law that revokes the former law.
The revocation of the law can either be done through an express repeal of the state lobby tax on association members and 2) concerns about association liability.
Appropriately, the coordinated congressional visits were an extension of ASAE's education-packed 17th Annual Legislative Summit, June 10-11, which blended into American Associations Day activities. Among the highlights:
* Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report, kicked off the two-day Legislative Summit with both his wit and his insights into the upcoming House, Senate, and presidential elections.
* Participants took advantage of their choice among 15 educational sessions on topics such as coalition building, grass-roots technology, and managing state government relations programs.
* General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), speaking at the close of the summit and just prior to the commencement of American Associations Day activities, discussed the role that associations can and are playing in efforts to rejuvenate re·ju·ve·nate
tr.v. re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing, re·ju·ve·nates
1. To restore to youthful vigor or appearance; make young again.
2. the volunteer spirit in America, and he elicited e·lic·it
tr.v. e·lic·it·ed, e·lic·it·ing, e·lic·its
a. To bring or draw out (something latent); educe.
b. To arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic.
2. more commitments to helping America's youth (see related story, "Get by Giving").
* Participants joined more than 60 members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Capitol, seat of the U.S. Congress
Capitol, seat of the U.S. government at Washington, D.C. It is the city's dominating monument, built on an elevated site that was chosen by George Washington in consultation with Major Pierre L'Enfant. Hill for a luncheon to kick off American Associations Day, which culminated with the congressional visits.
Not incidentally, the grass-roots army of association executives who serve on ASAE's State Action Legislative Team were instrumental in organizing state delegations to visit their members of Congress on American Associations Day. Moreover, a record 150 SALT members received scholarships through ASAE's Association Alliance, which provided free registration and airline tickets to attend the Legislative Summit and American Associations Day activities.
The investment of time and money reflects the importance of association public policy efforts. As ASAE Chairman David N. Parker, CAE (1) (Computer-Aided Engineering) Software that analyzes designs which have been created in the computer or that have been created elsewhere and entered into the computer. , president of the American Gas Association, Arlington, Virginia Virginia, state, United States
Virginia, state of the south-central United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), North Carolina and Tennessee (S), Kentucky and West Virginia (W), and Maryland and the District of Columbia (N and NE). , puts it: "American Associations Day is a coordinated effort to link our public policy issues with Congress. The association community includes many stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. , and Congress needs to weigh the long-term economic and social consequences of any action that impacts association management."
Thomas M. Costa is government affairs/legal coordinator for ASAE.