As the U.S. Administration and Congress were in the midst of deliberating the modernization of the financial regulatory system, more than 60 RIMS members gathered for the 11th annual RIMS on the Hill Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 7-9.
On the first day of the program, RIMS legislative priorities were presented to attendees in preparation for lobbying members of Congress. This year's event focused on legislation affecting the price of commercial property casualty insurance, financial regulatory restructuring and the optional federal charter. During panel discussions, lobbyists from the American Bankers Insurance Association, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, and Reinsurance Association of America spoke about regulatory modernization. In a separate session, Rep. Melissa L. Bean, D-Ill., discussed proposed legislation on greater federal regulation of insurance and the political climate surrounding the larger debate over federal financial modernization. Other highlights from the first day include:
- A Keynote Luncheon featuring Donna Brazile, nationally syndicated columnist and regular contributor to CNN, ABC News and National Public Radio, who discussed anecdotes about previous campaigns to reflections on New Orleans post-Katrina; and,
- A class covering lobbying techniques.
On day two, members took action on Capitol Hill. This year, more than 70 meetings were arranged for RIMS members to meet with their legislative representatives. In some cases, members were able to speak with the elected officials themselves.
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