PLANET's annual Legislative Day on the Hill, designed to bring attention to issues facing our industry, was a huge success this year.
PLANET’s Legislative Day on the Hill a success
Joy Diaz of Land Care Inc. of Nevada and her son Joshua with Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). Photo provided by PLANETPLANET’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill, designed to bring attention to issues facing our industry, was a huge success this year: 193 people met with their legislators or staff, which is a 60 percent increase over last year. The event started on July 22, with briefings and an address about the state of the Congress by keynote speaker, NPR White House Correspondent, Ari Shapiro. The next morning, more than 200 people gathered to hear Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) speak before setting out for meetings with legislators or staff from their local districts to talk about some of the issues affecting the industry, including overregulation, NPDES permits, H-2B, and Lyme disease. The timing of this event was great because the week prior, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) introduced a favorable H-2B bill (H.R. 2765). Attendees had the opportunity to ask their legislators to sign on to the bill.
PLANET members and members of partner organizations met with legislative office staff from 25 states.
PLANET partnered with the following associations for Legislative Day on the Hill: TCIA, ASCA, and SIMA. The event’s Platinum sponsors were Caterpillar Inc., and New Holland Construction.