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Review of Day on Capitol Hill: Fun, Networking, and a Full Schedule of Legislative Visits

Posted By Bob Ogle, Friday, May 9, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The recent Day on Capitol Hill celebrated its 10thconsecutive year of carrying our industry’s message to members of Congress. Here are photos from the event, as well as a quick look at some highlights.

  • DOCH delegates connected with board members from the National Association of State Fire Marshals during ESA’s Diamond Reception and Dinner on Tuesday night. ESA President John Knox said he hoped the meeting would be the first of many to come, and underscored the similarities in the missions of the two associations.

    "Everyone in this room is involved in public safety," Knox told attendees. "It’s what ties us together, and we’re so pleased to have this time to get to know one another. I’m looking forward to future gatherings so that we can continue to build the relationship between our two associations and industries."
  • ESA members traveled from 23 states, coming from as far away as California. The two states which sent the most delegates were North Carolina and New Jersey.

  • Delegates visited a total of 110 congressional offices: 25 from the Senate and 85 from the House of Representatives.

  • One of the guest speakers was a freshman member of Congress, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who spoke on a wide range of topics, including his philosophy about government and his views regarding issues such as tax reform and business regulation.

  • Another guest speaker, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.), represented the longer-serving end of the spectrum. Currently serving his ninth term in Congress, Pascrell is a member of two of the more influential committees in the House – the Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee – and is a staunch Congressional advocate for fire safety.

  • One of the electronic security industry’s main issues is gaining access to the FBI criminal database for the purpose of performing background checks for employees. That bill, H.R. 1441, is currently being considered by a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). ESA Director of Government Relations John Chwat joined Lynn Comer, chair of ESA’s Government Relations committee, for an in-depth conversation with Goodlatte (R-Va.), regarding the bill.

Thanks to all the delegates and sponsors for making the event successful. We’ll look forward to seeing everyone – as well as other members who want to play a role in ESA’s government relations advocacy – in Washington, D.C. next year!

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