2013 National Legislative Conference In Review
Agents bend the ears of lawmakers and talk shop with Rep. Scott Perry
As there are independent agents in every district of every state, it's important that their voices are heard and their needs are addessed. The annual IIABA (Big "I") National Legislative Conference provides agents with ample oppurtunity to get up close and personal with the decision-makers themselves. This year's NLC was held on April 17-18 and was attended by nearly 25 member agents from DAIAB and IA&B of Pennsylvania. As they stormed the stairs of Capitol Hill alongside 1,000 other independent agents, they met with legislators, shared industry concerns and advocated on behalf of pro-agent legislation.
Some of the hot button issues discussed during this year's conference included:
- Support for NARAB II legislation, which would streamline non-resident producer licensing
- The continued need for a federal role in the market for terrorism insurance
- Opposition to any additional efforts to raise taxes on individuals and small businesses
- Rejection of any further cuts to the Federal Crop Insurance Program
Before conference attendees were given the green light and set loose to make their rounds at the Capitol, they were treated to a few legislative briefings and a Wednesday evening reception. Sponsored by Travelers and hosted by IA&B, the reception featured guest speaker and fellow insurance agent Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA). The next morning agents descended upon the Hill and met with Delaware Rep. John Carney and staff members of Sens. Thomas Carper and Chris Coons, as well as 8 of Pennsylvania's 18 representatives.
Be sure to mark your calanders for next year's NLC, to be held April 9-11.