Legislative Rally

You are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.
March 1 - 2, 2021
Virtual Meeting

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The 2021 Virtual Legislative Rally is scheduled for March 1 and 2, 2021. Please see our updated FAQ section for more information. Click here to learn more about the decisions made about Q1 2021 events.

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.

This Legislative Rally is free and only open to APPA member utilities, Joint Action Agencies, and State Association members.

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.

Download the 2021 Virtual Legislative Rally Agenda here.

Schedule for Virtual Legislative Rally

March 1-2, 2021

Monday, March 1

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET - Advisory Committee Meeting

The Advisory Committee provides a forum for discussion on policy and legislative issues for multi-service state and regional associations comprised of either all public power or combined public power and cooperative members. This meeting is only open to Advisory Committee members. 

1:15-2:15 p.m. ET - PowerPAC Board of Directors Meeting

PowerPAC is dedicated to protecting the interest of public power utilities and the more than 49 million people they serve across the nation. PowerPAC supports federal elected officials who support issues and policies important to public power. This meeting is only open to members of the PowerPAC Board of Directors. 

1:15-2:45 p.m. ET - Awards Committee Meeting

The Awards Committee meets at the annual Legislative Rally to review nominees for APPA’s individual and utility awards. The committee selects a slate of award winners for approval by the APPA Board of Directors. Awards are presented at APPA’s National Conference. This meeting is only open to Awards Committee members. 

1:15-2:45 p.m. ET - Nominations Committee Meeting

The Nominating Committee meets during the annual Legislative Rally to review nominations for APPA’s Board of Directors. The committee selects a slate of nominees for approval by APPA’s membership.  The slate is presented at APPA’s annual business meeting in June. This meeting is only open to Nominating Committee members.  For meeting credentials or additional information, please contact Cartina Parks-Williams at [email protected]

2:30-4:30 p.m. ET - Policy Makers Council Meeting

The Policy Makers Council is comprised of elected or appointed officials on the governing bodies of public power communities. PMC members will be briefed on important legislative and regulatory issues important to public power at this meeting. This meeting is only open to PMC members. 

3:00-4:00 p.m. ET -  Membership Committee Meeting

The APPA Membership Committee will meet to discuss current state of APPA membership; strategize on ways to increase membership recruitment and retention; and, identify ways to positively impact member awareness and engagement in APPA. This meeting is only open to Membership Committee members. 

5:00-6:00 p.m. ET - Rally Networking Reception

Grab a drink and join us for a fun game of trivia hosted by APPA President and CEO Joy Ditto. This event is open to all Rally registrants.

Tuesday, March 2

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET - Legislative Rally Welcome and Keynote Speaker

APPA’s Chairman of the Board, Jolene Thompson, will welcome participants to the Rally and introduce our keynote speaker, National Political Reporter for Axios, Jonathan Swan. This event is open to all Rally registrants. 

12:30-3:00 p.m. ET - Legislative & Resolutions Committee Meeting

Hear from a special guest from Capitol Hill on what to expect on energy policy in the 117th Congress. APPA's policies on legislation, regulations, and other federal issues are determined through a democratic, grassroots process that occurs annually. Resolutions proposed by APPA members will be discussed and voted on at this meeting. All registrants may view this meeting, but only those designated by their utilities as voters will be allowed to cast votes. 

3:15-5:15 p.m. ET - PMA Task Force Meeting

Hear from a panel of PMA Administrators and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation about the latest issues confronting federal hydropower. There will be a roundtable of PMA customers to discuss ongoing regional issues following the panel. This event is open to all interested registrants. 

5:00-6:00 p.m. ET - PowerPAC Virtual Reception

Grab a drink and hear from a special guest on what happened in the 2020 elections and what to expect in the 2022 midterms. This event is open to 2020 and 2021 PowerPAC contributors. 

Legislative & Resolutions Committee

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

In order to get an accurate voting list for the virtual voting platform, we are asking all voting utilities to fill out this form. Please complete the form even if you have previously designated a voting member for your organization. Please designate a voter by Friday, February 17, 2021, in order to vote on the date of the meeting.

APPA’s policies on legislation, regulations, and other federal issues are determined through a democratic, grassroots process that occurs annually. The L&R Committee meets once a year at the Legislative Rally, which is typically held in late February or early March. This process begins by APPA members, individually or collectively, drafting proposed policy resolutions and submitting them to the L&R Committee in advance of the its meeting at the annual Legislative Rally.

When a resolution has been adopted by the L&R Committee at the February/March meeting, it becomes APPA policy, with full force and effect, until it is given final consideration at the annual APPA Business Meeting in June.

Members may wish to start by reviewing current policy resolutions. Key questions to ask as you review them are: Has the APPA 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 APPA 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

Due to the ongoing pandemic, APPA has decided to hold its annual Legislative Rally in a virtual format in 2021. The decision to hold the Rally virtually was made after careful consideration, which included surveying APPA members. The health and safety of APPA members and staff are of utmost importance. Member restrictions on travel, the uncertainty of local restrictions on the size of crowd gatherings, and whether or not congressional offices will be open to visitors were also important considerations in determining to hold the Rally virtually. In addition, the Mayflower Hotel has size restrictions on events, and it is unclear if those will change before March.

What is a virtual event?

A virtual event simulates an in-person event, but involves people interacting online, rather than in a physical environment.

APPA is committed to delivering an engaging, accessible, and inclusive platform to convene the national public power community to connect, learn, and share knowledge and solutions. We are working quickly to develop an informative and engaging virtual experience, allowing participants to easily access important topics and sessions, and to connect with other participants for face-to-face conversations using video chats. Specifics regarding the new virtual experience will be shared in the coming weeks.

When will the virtual Rally take place?

The virtual Rally will take place at the same time the in-person Rally was scheduled to take place, from March 1-3, 2021. However, it may be condensed into two days, rather than three. Please bear with us while we work out the details.

Why doesn’t APPA just reschedule the Rally for later in the year?

It is vitally important for APPA members to reach out to their congressional delegations early in the new year. This is especially important in 2021, when a new (117th) Congress starts in January. These conversations simply cannot wait until later in the year. Congress will move major policy proposals next year, including on infrastructure and climate change, and it’s important your elected representatives hear from you on public power’s policy priorities this winter.

Will there be a registration fee for the virtual Rally?

No – there is no cost to attend the virtual Rally. However, you still must register to attend and registration is open only to APPA members. Registration information will be sent out in the coming months.

Why should I attend the virtual Rally?

Participating in the virtual Rally offers many of the same benefits as attending an in-person event, including setting APPA’s policy priorities, opportunities to hear about important legislative and regulatory issues from APPA and congressional staff, as well as from special guest speakers. Most importantly, you will be a part of public power’s virtual “fly-in” on Capitol Hill by setting up meetings with your congressional delegations.

APPA conducted a successful virtual fly-in with members of the Policy Makers Council (PMC) in July. PMC members reached out to their delegations by phone and email to set up meetings via video conference platforms or conference call lines. They were briefed by APPA staff via Zoom ahead of the meetings and were sent updated issue briefs to use, as well as key messages to use in their preparation for their meetings.

Additionally, APPA is aware of several state and regional associations that conducted successful virtual fly-ins in 2020. Other organizations are doing them as well.

How am I supposed to meet with my congressional delegation?

You can set up video meetings (Zoom, Teams, Skype, or other platforms) or use traditional conference calls with your delegations. Members and staff have been conducting most constituent business virtually since the onset of the COVID pandemic.

How will voting take place at the Legislative & Resolutions Committee Meeting?

APPA remains committed to the integrity of the voting process for the Legislative & Resolutions Committee (L&R) meeting.
Participants will designate themselves as their utility’s Voting Delegate or Alternate Voter for the L&R Committee Meeting when they register for the virtual Rally, the same as they would for an in-person Legislative Rally.

The L&R committee meeting itself will be open for all virtual Rally participants to view – part of APPA’s commitment to transparency. Voting will take place in a separate platform, just as it did for the Association Business Meeting during Public Power Connect in June. Before the event, we will send out information to all L&R Committee voting delegates about the platform and any login credentials they need so they are prepared to cast their votes during the meeting.

What platform will the virtual Rally take place on?

APPA will use Zoom for the event.