CH&LA Legislative Summit Features Governor BrownThu Apr 26, 2012
The 11th Annual Legislative Action Summit featured Governor Jerry Brown, as well as presentations from legislative leadership, as the California lodging industry gathered in Sacramento to advocate our industry's positions with elected officials. The focus of this year's Summit included ADA laws and lawsuits, saving our parks, proposed regulation of swimming pools, and supporting the CH&LA-sponsored delay of carbon monoxide detectors to align building codes.
During his presentation, Governor Brown discussed the difference in California from his first term as governor. He further highlighted that California is still is a major tourism destination and he plans to support the industry to keep it that way. The Governor also promoted his tax measure on the November ballot and described cuts in spending he has already implemented.
To kick off the annual event, the Honorable Ted Lieu, Chair of the Senate Labor and Employment Committee, discussed bills he is authoring to further reduce the cost of workers compensation insurance and create jobs, while complimenting CH&LA for the high level of involvement at the Capitol. Senator Ron Calderon also addressed the attendees and discussed competitiveness of California business.
Both Republican and and Democratic leadership also presented their views on the importance of the lodging industry. Assembly Speaker John Pérez addressed the issues of higher education, employment and - a common theme of the morning - competitiveness. Newly elected Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff made a great impression on the delegation using humor to compare his views to those of the previous speakers.
Marlene Colucci, Executive Vice President for Public Policy for the American Hotel & Lodging Association provided a federal update, focusing on ADA regulations and recent Dept. of Labor audits, among other labor issues. Additionally, Colucci touched on Brand USA and the increased efforts to alleviate impediments for international visitors to gain access to visas to visit the United States.
For more information on the issue topics of the 11th Annual Legislative Action Summit, please click here.