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Mark Your Calendar: There’s Room for You at ESA’s Annual Day on Capitol Hill

Posted By Bob Ogle, Monday, January 7, 2013

If you thought 2012 was a turbulent year for government at both the state and federal levels, then strap in: 2013 is shaping up to be equally as busy and challenging, particularly for the electronic security industry. Congress has just seated a new bunch of first-term senators and representatives (as well as a number of new committee leaders) for its 113th session, and most states will be getting ready to convene their annual legislative sessions. The stage is set for what could be one of the most active years in recent memory.

There’s something you can do to get ready, though. Make plans now to be a part of ESA’s Day on Capitol Hill, May 6-7 in Washington, D.C. It’s the centerpiece event for ESA’s active legislative effort, led by ESA Government Relations Director John Chwat, a hard-working volunteer Government Relations committee chaired by Lynn Comer, and a number of vigilant and dedicated Chartered Chapters.

By joining other ESA members in our nation’s capital for an active day of networking and visiting with congressmen and women, as well as their staff members, you’re helping to ensure that your interests are even more effectively represented.

"We know there’s a lot of skepticism and belief that lawmakers only listen to big money,” Chwat says. "That simply isn’t the case. Think of all the different issues that representatives are asked to vote on; there’s no way that they can be experts on everything. So that’s where our members come in, meeting with as many legislators and staff members as possible, and making sure that they understand our industry and our issues.”

This year will be particularly challenging on a state-by-state basis as a number of legislatures – including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Virginia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Wyoming and Michigan, to mention just a few – tackle issues such as licensing, background checks, training, certification and "e-waste” disposal.

In addition, a barrage of federal regulations is expected, including the expanded impact of new healthcare regulations on small businesses nationwide.

ESA President John Knox likes to call Day on Capitol Hill the "Super Bowl” of ESA’s Government Relations efforts. He noted that more than 60 people attended the event last year, and he’d like to see that number grow in 2013.

"This is the event that sets the tone for the rest of the year,” Knox says, "but I believe we can grow the event even more. I’d like to get participation from new faces and new voices, especially our younger members. The more involvement from members, the more influence our industry will have, making an even greater impact.”

The anticipation is building. Block out Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, on your travel calendar, and keep an eye on this newsletter for more reasons why Day on Capitol Hill should be on your agenda this year.

Click here to learn more about the event, or contact ESA Events Manager Michelle Whitaker at (972) 795-0709, or via e-mail at Michelle.Whitaker@ESAweb.org.

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