Legislative Action Summit
Annually, the California Hotel & Lodging Association, 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). This event gives hoteliers and lodging professionals the best opportunity to be heard by our Capitol’s leaders. At the Legislative Action Summit, attendees get the opportunity to understand how the legislative process works in Sacramento, hear first-hand of the critical legislative issues facing our industry and have an opportunity to personally influence the outcome of key legislative proposals by meeting with their elected officials. Stay tuned for updates on the 13th Annual Legislative Action Summit.
On Wednesday March 6th, CH&LA, AAOHA, and CABBI hosted their 12th Annual Legislative Action Summit. Participants attending represented over 50 different hotels, resorts, universities, development companies, vendors, management, and hospitality groups.
- Kish Rajan, Director of the Governor’s office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
- Marlene Colucci, VEP of AH&LA
- Diane Stanton, California Heath Benefit Exchange
- Lynn Mohrfeld, CEO& President of CH&LA
- Ralph Heim, Public Policy Advocates
Attendees ended the day with over 60 visits at the State Capitol, meeting with Legislators and staff to discuss issues such as CEQA, Split Roll and implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act. Check back for next year's Summit date!
Women In Lodging and Leadership Reception
On Tuesday evening, March 5th, CH&LA hosted a Women In Lodging and Leadership Reception at the Sacramento Convention Center. CH&LA was honored to have Assembly Member Marie Waldron as the guest speaker, who provided inspiring insight into her vision for the 2013 legislative session. She also expressed her commitment to protecting small business and promoting the tourism and travel industry through her work as Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. After her presentation, Assembly Member Waldron stayed to answer questions, which provided a unique opportunity for attendees to interact personally with an elected official.
At the 11th Annual Legislative Action Summit, the theme of "Stand Out in the Crowd" was epitomized by speakers featured at this year’s event. In addition to the Honorable Governor Jerry Brown, both the Assembly Speaker John Pérez and Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff addressed the attendees, along with Senator Ted Lieu and AH&LA’s Executive Vice President of Public Policy, Marlene Colucci.
CH&LA's Government & Legal Relations Committee chose four areas of concentration for this year’s Capitol visits: reforming disability access laws, opposing an onerous pool operator training bill, saving state parks, and supporting the extension of carbon monoxide detector installation to align with international building codes, which CH&LA sponsored. Details of these issues can be found in this year’s Legislative Action Summit Issues Brief.