The 40th Annual
Connecticut Lobbying Conference
is going virtual again!
Workshops will take place during the week of October 25th to the 29th with morning and afternoon sessions.
We are offering three options (registration opens September 20th):
1) Lobbying Foundations ($200 per person):
This set of workshops, taken together, offer a strong foundation for anyone new to lobbying, yet still offers skills to people who have knowledge of the process but want to advance their understanding. Learn from legislators and practitioners in the field about best practices and pitfalls to avoid as you make your case.
- Panel: Effective Lobbying
- Just the Facts – Fact Sheet Workshop
- Legislative Process 101
- What’s in Your Digital Toolbox
- Testifying at Public Hearings
- Effective Grass Roots
2) Advanced Advocacy Skill Building ($200 per person):
This set of workshops builds on existing skills and provides a deeper exploration of the internal and external roles and responsibilities of legislators and staff. These workshops will cover some of the boundaries and opportunities in the policy making process.
- Panel: Effective Lobbying
- Just the Facts – Fact Sheet Workshop
- Working with Legislative Staff
- Working with the Executive Branch
- Lobbying the State Budget
- Final Days and Hours
3) 360 Package – All Workshops ($300 per person):
Can’t make up your mind? This option provides the attendees with access to ALL of the workshops.
|Schedule||Mon 10/25||Tue 10/26||Wed 10/27||Thu 10/28||Fri 10/29|
|10:00 – 11:00||
Panel – Effective Lobbying
*10:00 – 11:30**
|Legislative Process 101||What’s in Your Digital Toolbox||Testifying At Public Hearings||Effective Grassroots|
|2:00 – 3:00||
Just the Facts
Fact Sheet Workshop
|Working with Legislative Staff||Working with the Executive Branch||Lobbying the State Budget||Final Days and Hours|
Below is the program information with our current presenter and panelist information. Additional panelists are being added so check back to see who else will be there
THE 2021 CONNECTICUT LOBBYING CONFERENCE
All Workshops: October 25th-29th, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
SEN. MARTIN LOONEY: Senate President Pro Tempore, CT State Senate
REP. MATT RITTER: Speaker of the House, CT House of Representatives
SEN. CATHERINE OSTEN: Chair, Appropriations Committee, CT State Senate
SEN. PAUL FORMICA: Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore, CT State Senate
REP. VINCENT CANDELORA: Minority Leader, CT House of Representatives
REP. GREG HOWARD: Member, CT House of Representatives
REP. KATE FARRAR: Member, CT House of Representatives
Moderator: KATE ROBINSON: Principal and Lobbyist, Gallo & Robinson
2021’s 'long session’ is behind us and the 2022 ‘short session’ is on the horizon. Whether a virtual or in-person session, many old challenges and issues persist. What is the best way to move your agenda forward? How do you get a legislator to champion your cause? Featuring leaders from both parties in both chambers, as well as new and up-and-coming lawmakers, this bipartisan panel of legislators will give you honest advice from their varied perspectives.
MADELINE GRANATO: Policy Director, CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund
SEN. JULIE KUSHNER: Chair, Labor and Public Employees Committee, CT State Senate
REP. HOLLY CHEESEMAN: Ranking Member, Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, CT House of Representatives
SUSAN HAIGH: Statehouse and Political Reporter, Associated Press
You drafted the policy. You understand the impacts of what you are proposing. You prepped for your conversations with elected officials and members of the press. What will you share with them to refresh their memory of the conversation? What can a legislator refer to during a floor speech? How do reporters/editors decide what is newsworthy? What essential information should be included in your press advisory? These panelists will provide you with tips to make your fact sheets and press advisories more effective.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
JEFF CURREY: Deputy Majority Leader, CT House of Representatives
JOE GRABARZ: Lobbyist, Gallo & Robinson
This workshop, designed for first time lobbyists, will cover the legislative process from introduction of bills to passage in the House and Senate. Learn about the differences between ‘long’ and ‘short’ sessions, committee and screening processes at the caucus level, and the work that happens behind the scenes, so you can make sure your bill gets to a vote in committee and on the floor.
SUSAN KEANE: Appropriations Committee Administrator, CT General Assembly
FRANKLIN PERRY: Chief of Staff, House Democratic Caucus, CT House of Representatives
JAMES IACOBELLIS: Senior VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs, CT Hospital Association
Lobbyists, legislators, and staff work closely alongside each other. Legislators often have both partisan and non-partisan staff with them in meetings. It is important to understand the roles of those staff members, so you can work more effectively. This panel includes an experienced non-partisan staff, current caucus staff member, and a former caucus staffer turned lobbyist. They will tell you how each of the committees and nonpartisan offices work from the inside out, and the outside in. They will explain the roles of each of the different staff offices and caucuses, and how to work effectively with them.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
KIM SKONIECZNY, ITS Training Coordinator, Information Technology Services, CT General Assembly
LISA BRUNO: Consultant, Comprehensive Legislative Services
BRIAN DAWSON: Lobbyist, Gallo & Robinson
Learn how to track bills, find bill histories, committee membership, legislator contact information, testimony, proposed substitute language, amendments, and tally sheets. The panelists will cover how to find the fiscal notes, OLR reports, file copies, and of course, what all of that means! You will also find out about resources available to the public, and to lobbyists, provided by the Association of Connecticut Lobbyists, and others.
MICHAEL JOHNSON: Director, Government Relations, Sullivan and LeShane, Inc.
VINCENT RUSSO: Legislative Liaison, Department of Children and Families
ELEANOR MICHAEL: Policy and Legislative Advisor, Department of Administrative Services
Few policies can be implemented without the Executive Branch. State agency budget/legislative requests, regulations, contracts, or policies are likely to have a greater impact on your organization than legislation. Yet, the state agency decision-making process can be harder to influence than the legislature. Learn from these panelists about the role of Legislative Liaisons, Chiefs of Staff, Commissioners, and how to lobby state agencies.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
SEN. MATTHEW LESSER: Chair, Insurance and Real Estate Committee, CT State Senate
REP. CRISTIN MCCARTHY-VAHEY: Chair, Planning and Development Committee, CT House of Representatives
ANNA DOROGHAZI: Associate State Director, AARP Connecticut
Now that your bill has been raised for a public hearing, what should you do? How important are public hearings? How can you maximize the effectiveness of this process? Should the lobbyist or the client testify? How many people should testify? Should they deliver live or written testimony? An experienced lobbyist and two committee chairs will give you the inside and outside perspective of what works best and why.
REP. CATHERINE ABERCROMBIE: Chair, Human Services Committee, CT House of Representatives
REP. JAY CASE: Ranking Member, Human Services Committee, CT House of Representatives
KATE ROBINSON: Principal and Lobbyist, Gallo & Robinson
The state budget process is complicated and navigating it can be a challenge. How to handle a fiscal note, build consensus on budget items, and have your priorities heard? Is there any room for a new allocation in this challenging budget environment? These panelists will explain the state budget process, including state agency proposals, the Governor’s budget proposal, the Appropriations Committee public hearings, subcommittees and beyond.
Friday, October 29, 2021
SEN. GARY WINFIELD: Chair, Judiciary Committee, CT State Senate
CLAUDINE FOX: Public Policy and Advocacy Director, ACLU CT
TERRA VOLPE: Director of Community Outreach, CT Against Gun Violence
GRETCHEN RAFFA: Senior Director- Public Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
DIEDRE MURCH: Lead Organizer/Elected Organizer, Home Care, State Employees Independent Union, District 1199
How do you identify those individuals and organizations that can help you win passage of your bill? How do you build your network and help your members communicate effectively with legislators? This workshop will cover how to organize those individuals and organizations to help keep your issues before the legislature. This workshop will feature a recent case history of a lobbying campaign around a challenging, multi-year issue that was successful, and an honest assessment of why this campaign worked.
2:00 - 3:00PM FINAL DAYS AND HOURS - Advanced Advocacy Skill Building
REP. JASON ROJAS: Majority Leader, CT House of Representatives
SEN. WILL HASKELL: Chair, Transportation Committee, CT State Senate
REP. LEZLYE ZUPKUS: Deputy Republican Leader, CT House of Representatives
BILL WELZ: Lobbyist, Gallo & Robinson
In the last days of the legislative session, every second counts. If your bill has made it through one chamber, what is the best advice to getting the bill called in the other chamber as the clock keeps ticking? Will it be a “talker”? Is it a “consent-able” item? What gets a bill moving? What if the bill has been passed temporarily? These seasoned leaders and a lobbyist who worked in a Governor’s office will help you plan your arguments and tactics to draw on during the final days and hours of the session.