December 7, 2015
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Registration open for 2016 Legislative Day and Hill Climb

AWB’s annual legislative day is expanding this year. Now known as the AWB Legislative Day and Hill Climb, the one-day event on Jan. 19 will still feature discussions with leading lawmakers and policy experts, but will include an afternoon visit to the Capitol. Attendees will meet with their local lawmakers in a revival of AWB’s Hill Climb.

Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to give the morning breakfast keynote starting at 7:30. He’ll be followed by the AWB board meeting. At 9:30 the panel topic will be climate change and the environment. At 10:30 we’ll talk minimum wage and predictive scheduling with legislative leaders. At 11:15 the topic is education funding.

The lunchtime keynote will address Washington’s competitiveness and a look at the two distinct regions of the state. Agency directors Maia Bellon of the Department of Ecology and Joel Sacks of the Department of Labor & Industries will talk with AWB members at 1:30. Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs, will wrap up the afternoon’s discussions at 2:15 – and then the Hill Climb begins.

Attendees who have let AWB staff know in advance of the event will travel to the Capitol at 2:45 to meet with members at pre-scheduled meetings in the afternoon.

The day will end with a meet-and-greet reception with lawmakers and other Olympia notables starting at 6 p.m.

Registration is now open for the 2016 Legislative Day and Hill Climb. Please be sure to check the “Hill Climb” box on the registration form to allow our staff to schedule the appointments with lawmakers and arrange meeting space as needed in advance of your arrival Jan. 19.

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