The 2016 Laboratory Legislative Symposium will be held March 14 – 15 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the how-to’s of lobbying your congressional representatives regarding legislative issues important to today’s medical laboratories.
Sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, and presented in collaboration with CLMA, ASCP, AGT, and AMT each year, the members of these organizations meet with their Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. Each year these leading organizations urge their members and leaders to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice, and make our concerns known inside Congress.
Attendees are coached on presentation techniques so they can effectively talk to their congressional representative during their appointments. They are well received in the congressional offices. Attendees return home from Washington with first-hand knowledge of the political system in action and confidence that they make a difference.
I will be attending this year and highly recommend that anyone who works in a laboratory make the time to attend this important event, to learn about the issues and to help educate our representatives.