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Advocacy

Annual Legislative Action Summit

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 you can influence legislative proposals. 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 19th 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.

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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 Assemblymembers 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.

Presenters included:

  • 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.

Presenters included:

  • 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. 


On Wednesday March 2, 2016, CHLA, AAOHA, and CABBI hosted their 15th Annual Legislative Action Summit at the Sutter Club in Sacramento, CA.  Participants attending represented over 50 different hotels, resorts, universities, development companies, vendors, management, and hospitality groups.

Presenters included:

  • Senator Mike McGuire, California State Senate
  • Michael Jacobson, Director of Industry Relations and Political Engagement, U.S. Travel Association
  • Chip Rogers, President & CEO, AAHOA
  • Marty Wilson, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, CalChamber
  • Ralph Heim and John Caldwell, Public Policy Advocates

Attendees ended the day with over 60 visits at the State Capitol, meeting with Legislators and staff to discuss the industry's positions on short-term rentals and human trafficking. 

 

 

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