Legislative Rally

You are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.
February 24 - 26, 2020
Washington, D.C.

The 2020 Legislative Rally will be held February 24-26, 2020, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration will open on November 1, 2019.

As a public power advocate, you are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level. Our coordinated outreach efforts are strengthened because you represent not only your public power community, but also the 49 million Americans served by public power.

Who Should Attend

  • Public power staff and leaders
  • Mayors, city council, and board members
  • Others who want to get involved and advocate for public power

At the Legislative Rally, the American Public Power Association provides the resources, connections, and collective power to help public power communities make your voices heard in Washington, D.C.


The 2020 Legislative Rally Program will be available in early 2020. APPA staff will notify members upon releasing the schedule of events. Please reference the 2019 Legislative Rally Program below to learn the structure of the event.

2019 Legislative Rally Program


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The 2020 Legislative Rally will be held February 24-26, 2020. Registration will open on November 1, 2019. 


By registering for this meeting, I authorize the American Public Power Association to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in Association marketing pieces (both electronic and print). I understand that I will not be paid for giving this consent.

Climate and Attire

The average daily high for Washington, D.C during the conference dates is 41 °F, and the average daily low is 30 °F. As meeting room temperatures vary, please prepare to dress accordingly. The attire for the Legislative Rally is business casual.

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The APPA room block for the 2020 Legislative Rally at the Mayflower Hotel will be available for booking on November 1, 2019. APPA staff will notify members when room reservation details are available.

If you have questions about the room block, please contact our Meetings Department at [email protected].

Legislative & Resolutions Committee

Members can help shape the Association’s policy priorities by voting on resolutions through the Legislative and Resolutions Committee. Each Association member organization is eligible to designate one employee or governing board member to serve as its voting delegate on the committee by submitting this form.

The Association’s policies on legislation, regulation, and other federal issues are determined through a democratic, grassroots process that occurs annually. The L&R Committee meets twice a year – once at the Legislative Rally in February and once at the National Conference in June. This process begins by Association members, individually or collectively, drafting proposed policy resolutions and submitting them to the Legislative and Resolutions Committee in advance of the L&R Committee meeting at the annual Legislative Rally.

When a resolution has been adopted by the L&R Committee at the February meeting, it becomes Association policy, with full force and effect, until it is given final consideration at the annual Association Business Meeting in June. Resolutions adopted at the February L&R Committee meeting are also reconsidered at the June L&R Committee meeting to determine whether they warrant modification. These resolutions, along with new resolutions considered and adopted at the June L&R Committee meeting, are then open for further discussion and a vote by authorized delegates at the annual Association Business Meeting.

Members may wish to start by reviewing current policy resolutions. Key questions to ask as you review are: Has the Association adopted a policy position that needs to be altered? Have conditions changed so existing positions need to be revised and updated? Are there other issues not previously addressed for which the Association needs to stake out public power's interests?

All proposed resolutions must be made available to L&R Committee members at least two weeks prior to the meeting so that committee members have adequate time to review them. Therefore, if you are a member and would like to submit any resolutions, please email them to Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, at [email protected].


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the issue briefs and fact sheets from the Legislative Rally?

Policy positions, issue briefs, and resolutions are available here.

When and where is the next Legislative Rally?

February 24-26, 2020
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

March 1-3, 2021
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

What educational credits are available?

The pre-rally seminars are eligible for the following education credits: 

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Is there international registration?

Online meeting registration is for U.S. and Canadian residents only. International registrants must provide a signed registration form — signed by the authorized cardholder — if paying with a credit card. Fax the completed registration form to 202-495-7484 or emailed it to [email protected]

Alternatively, you could send a check from a U.S. bank payable to American Public Power Association. Please mail completed form with full payment to our bank lock box:

American Public Power Association
P.O. Box 418617
Boston, MA  02241-8617

What is the conference dress code?

The attire for the conference is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

How can I present at the conference?

We welcome your topic and speaker ideas for future conferences and events. To submit your idea for consideration, complete this form. Conference topics are generally determined 6-8 months before the event is held. Ideas will be kept on file for a full year, so if the agenda for the conference has already been determined, your ideas will be considered for the next year’s event, or in case any space opens up in the current year’s program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.