Be concise, be repetitive, forget the sports talk, and get right to discussing the merits of the bill.
That's the advice Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) dished out to a group of TLPA members preparing to hit Capitol Hill on the morning of June 20th for the annual TLPA Legislative Fly-In. Fellow lawmaker Jeff Denham (R-CA) also met with members to review the status of an infrastructure bill prior to their meetings.
The Hill was buzzing that day, with TLPA members arriving in Washington smack in the middle of the immigration debate.
Members from across the country flew in for the two day event, visiting 60 House and Senate offices to meet with their legislators and staff and impart important messages about driver fingerprinting, contracting concerns and regulatory issues.
"They have so many people seeing them with so many different issues," said Judy Swystun, past TLPA president and president of Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc. "The fact that we go year after year now is really important to the industry to get our concerns—our issues—heard so that when these topics come up in Congress they've heard it, they understand it, and now they're ready to address it for our whole industry."
Members reached out to their representatives with three legislative objectives:
It was a heady day. And surely a confidence builder to get a nuts and bolts pep talk from the legislators.
"This morning we had the privilege of listening to Congressman Meadows and Congressman Denham share some thoughts on some things going on at the legislature today," said Mike Pinckard, TLPA president and CEO of Total Transit in Glendale, Arizona. "There was strong consensus that federally funded transportation should underscore safety first and foremost."
TLPA CEO Al LaGasse discusses the social media strategy for TLPA members during the
TLPA Legislative Fly-In / Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.
TLPA President Mike Pinckard and TLPA CEO Al LaGasse stand outside the meeting room for the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs during the TLPA Legislative Fly-In / Board Meeting.
TLPA members pose for a photo during the TLPA Legislative Fly-In / Board Meeting.