A Good Day on the Hill for AMOA
When it comes to legislative advocacy, all too often, it's a game of "catch-up:" a bill is introduced that poses a potential threat to an entity or industry, and then, those who will be adversely affected by it mobilize and mount a campaign to thwart passage. By the time the troops are rallied, however, it's typically either too late, ineffective or both.
Yesterday's day on the Hill underscored the value of proactive outreach.
Several months ago, AMOA learned the U.S. Mint was directed by Congress to study alternative metals in U.S. coins. As part of that, a report to Congress with recommendations by the Mint is due by the end of this year.
AMOA, along with AAMA, visited with the U.S. Mint; mounted a letter-writing campaign that tied into state association meetings to enlist their support; created the "Don't Change Our Change" Coalition through our legislative team at Dentons in Washington, D.C.; conducted a webinar and participated in AAMA's program focusing on the issue during its Annual Meeting last month; commissioned an independent research study to document the adverse effects associated with alterations to metal composition in coins; and yesterday, organized a delegation among the coalition for a "Fly-In" and day of visits on Capitol Hill.