ASCLS is proud to work with CLMA, ASCP, AGT, and AMT on the Legislative Symposium each year. Through this ASCLS tradition that originated in 1989, the members of all three 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.
Education, Experience, Leadership
The Legislative Symposium provides a great education on the how-to's of lobbying. 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.
The 2014 Legislative Symposium is March 17-18.
Download the Registration Form. Early registration deadline, for the discount fee of $205, is February 15th. After February 15th the fee is $260.
All attendees will be housed at the Sheraton Crystal City, located in stylish Crystal City, VA; convenient to shopping, Reagan National Airport and the Crystal City Metro stop (Blue and Yellow Lines). A block of rooms has been set aside for Legislative Symposium attendees and will be held until February 22nd. Accommodations are $195 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes. To make reservations, please call the Sheraton directly at 800-325-3535 or 703-486-1111 and ask for group sales.
As an example of issues that were discussed on the Hill, during the 2011 Legislative Symposium, the documents below are the leave behinds that were given out at each appointment. They were used to discuss the importance of our services with Members of Congress and/or their staff.
- Workforce Reinvestment Act Reauthorization
- Modernizing the Laboratory Fee Schedule
- Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests