This month, PIA will kick off a series of year-round advocacy events that will give agents the chance to meet with federal policymakers on the issues that matter most to them. As they do every year, PIA members from around the country will be advocating on behalf of PIA’s annual Issues of Focus—but for the first time, they will do so throughout the year, rather than on a single day.
Between the limitations caused by the pandemic and the increased security restrictions on Capitol Hill, a large, single-day, in-person version of Advocacy Day in 2022 would have been a cumbersome and likely aggravating experience for PIA members. Instead, PIA decided to seize the opportunity presented by these challenges to reimagine 2022 Advocacy Day using a new approach that addresses this year’s needs and can potentially be deployed in various ways in the future. While the vast majority of these “rolling” fly-ins will be held virtually, we hope to offer some state- and/or issue-specific events in-person later in the year, if possible.
By holding state-specific Advocacy Days throughout the year, the PIA government relations team can provide our participants with a more detailed issue briefing and overall, a more personalized experience. Our 2022 shift to rolling Advocacy Days will ultimately lead to a more robust and fulfilling advocacy experience for our agents. PIA members interested in participating may contact their PIA state affiliate for more information.