No Rest for Lobbyists in 2003

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Oct. 24, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Lobbyists usually get a break in the fall when bills arenít moving and legislators are at home in their districts. Itís a time to pick up the pieces and reflect on what happened in the last days of session. Itís time to tell clients how hard they worked on their issues, and to take credit for good outcomes and discuss what must be done to fix bad outcomes next year. Casual meetings with jeans-clad capitol staffers, long lunches with colleagues and fundraiser golf tournaments fill the remaining hours.

The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Governorship is putting us back to work early this year. His transition team is reaching out to interested groups for input on his policies and plans and he will probably call a special session next month to deal with the budget and workers' compensation. Lobbyists and trade associations want to influence appointments to board and commissions, clients want immediate information on what positions the new administration will take on key issues, and rumors and opinions are flying around the Capitol about what this all means to the political parties, policy-making in the legislature, and future election dynamics.

In short, itís crazy around here.

But we could not be more pleased with the outcome of the election and the prospects for manufacturing in California under Governor Schwarzenegger. The CMTA Board of Directors will hear directly from the Governor-elect when he calls into our meeting on Friday, October 24. We will share with him the critical issues facing manufacturers in California and hear his thoughts about the challenges facing the state.

We believe that the new administration will hear our concerns and try under difficult circumstances to address them. Please redouble your advocacy and communications with key legislators Ė this will be critically important in support of his agenda.

We look forward to a productive working relationship with Governor Schwarzenegger.
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