Our legislative efforts are led by our Washington Team of Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell. We educate our members of Congress on issues of importance through in-person meetings, participation in Committee Meetings, and through Railroad Day on the Hill each year.
The work of the team is guided and supported by ASLRRA’s Legislative Policy Committee (LPC). The LPC is a self-selected group of ASLRRA members who direct ASLRRA's legislative and political activities. The LPC meets at least quarterly to discuss legislative issues, goals and strategy. The LPC makes recommendations for action to the ASLRRA Board of Directors. In addition to giving their time and energy to ASLRRA's legislative agenda, LPC members contribute dues in addition to their regular ASLRRA dues to fund a large portion of the Association's Washington Lobbying effort.
Specific LPC activities include overseeing a national grassroots political fundraising operation, developing local media events to highlight short railroad successes, organizing the activities and message associated with Railroad Day on the Hill, developing policy positions for the Association's lobbying staff and manages the coordination of legislative and political activity with the Class I railroads and other rail industry organizations. The LPC devotes considerable effort to identifying the tools necessary to accomplish legislative goals. The Association's national data study is an example of the kind of recommendations the LPC makes to the Board.
The LPC brings focus and funding to an effort that requires both to be successful. Its members are active and aggressive individuals who enjoy and appreciate the political process.
A key element of success in this area is our Grassroots Efforts, led by Lindsey Collins.