Attractions professionals discuss legislative issues affecting the U.S. industry with lawmakers
(Alexandria, Virginia, US) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) hosted its annual U.S. Advocacy Days April 3 and 4. The two-day event took place at the Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./National Mall. Forty (40) U.S. attractions leaders met with representatives at 68 congressional offices to discuss the industry's legislative priorities and regulatory issues. The IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days event allows IAAPA members located in the United States the opportunity to meet with influential members of the U.S. Congress and discuss pressing issues affecting the U.S. attractions industry.
Hosted by the IAAPA North American Government Relations Subcommittee, this year's IAAPA Advocacy Days had IAAPA members meet with congressional offices representing 14 states to discuss priority issues, including:
· Amusement Ride Safety
· J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program
· Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations (Drones)
· Animals in Human Care
IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days groups met with congressional offices representing California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.
Congressmen Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Tom Cole (OK-4) addressed the group. Representative Bilirakis provided a congressional legislative outlook to the advocacy day attendees, while Representative Cole provided a congressional political outlook. Lastly, Shannon McGahn, Counselor to the Secretary of Treasury for the U.S. Department of Treasury, answered questions from attendees in order to send feedback to the treasury on behalf of the industry.
"IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days presents an important opportunity to show our industry's presence in Washington and for industry leaders to discuss our legislative priorities," said Randy Davis, IAAPA Senior Vice President of Safety and Advocacy. "We are very pleased with what we were able to accomplish as an industry in our meetings with Congressional leaders from both parties this week on Capitol Hill."
Additional information about IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days is available at http://cqrcengage.com/iaapa/advocacyday.
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