Annually, the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA), in conjunction with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns (CABBI), hosts the California Lodging Industry Legislative Action Summit (LAS). The LAS highlights include the opportunity to understand how the legislative process works in Sacramento, what the critical legislative issues facing our industry are and how hoteliers can influence legislative proposals. Attendees learn from legislative professionals and speak to California’s political leaders on the issues that matter most to the lodging industry. No other CHLA event offers the same level of insight on legislative issues and access to California’s political leaders.
In its 20th year, this event provides those individuals and companies that work with and support California’s lodging industry, a way to help increase the influence of the lodging industry on policy makers.
In 2020, CHLA was forced to cancel our Legislative Action Summit to respect state lockdown orders and pandemic response efforts. After a fast-paced year of advocacy, we were pleased to host the 2021 Legislative Action Summit through a virtual forum. This forum included updates about CHLA priorities, information about the general sentiment of government officials and agencies, and provided an opportunity for hoteliers to connect with elected officials to advocate for the issues that matter most. Last year ushered in unprecedented economic devastation across the state and legislators are struggling to cut through the noise and find how to support the most affected, thank you for helping us guide legislators to the tools our industry needs to recover.
Take a look at our 2021 Legislative Action Summit event and we hope to see you next year in Sacramento.
Check out coverage from previous Legislative Action Summits below:
Our 18th Annual Legislative Action Summit was held Tuesday March 26, 2019, with CHLA and AAHOA members sitting in on educational sessions that included political predictions from CalMatters writer and editor Dan Morain, insight from human trafficking survivor Jaimee Johnson and national updates from AAHOA Interim President & CEO Rachel Humphrey and AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers. Attendees also heard from special guest speakers Assembly members Tasha Boerner Horvath and Autumn Burke.
After a review of 2018 legislative issues and a briefing on priority bills for 2019, attendees walked over to the capitol for prearranged meetings with their state legislators. Additionally, CHLA's Board of Directors met with Senator Toni Atkins on the Senate Floor for a group photo to commemorate the passage of human trafficking awareness training (SB 970) and the board's completion of the training.
On Wednesday March 7, 2018, CHLA, AAOHA, CABBI and ARDA hosted their 17th Annual Legislative Action Summit at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, CA. Participants attending represented over 70 different hotels, resorts, universities, development companies, vendors, management, and hospitality groups.
- Senator Scott Wiener, California State Senate
- Michael Jacobson, Senior Director of Industry Relations and Political Engagement, U.S. Travel Association
- Chip Rogers, President & CEO, AAHOA
- Allan Zaremberg, President & CEO of CalChamber
- John Caldwell, Public Policy Advocates
Attendees ended the day meeting with their elected representatives at the State Capitol. During the meetings with legislators and their staff, attendees discussed the industry's positions on bills regarding panic buttons and human trafficking.
On Wednesday March 15, 2017, CHLA, AAOHA, CABBI and ARDA hosted their 16th Annual Legislative Action Summit at the Sutter Club in Sacramento, CA. Participants attending represented over 60 different hotels, resorts, universities, development companies, vendors, management, and hospitality groups.
- Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senate
- Vanessa Sinders, Senior Vice President and Department Head of Government Affairs of AHLA
- Chip Rogers, President & CEO, AAHOA
- John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times
- Ralph Heim and John Caldwell, Public Policy Advocates
Attendees ended the day with over 65 visits at the State Capitol, meeting with Legislators and staff to discuss the industry's positions on short-term rentals and human trafficking.