Legislative Rally

You are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.
February 25 - 27, 2019
Washington, D.C.

The 2019 Legislative Rally will be held February 25-27, 2019 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. A schedule of events can be found here.

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.



2019 Legislative Rally Program


Public power advocates gather at the Mayflower Hotel for leadership meetings, pre-rally seminars, and the welcome reception.

Pre-Rally Seminars

Maximize your time at the Legislative Rally by attending one or more in-depth seminars. Designed to help you develop skill sets and dive deeper into complex subject issues, pre-rally seminars feature in-depth, interactive formats and experienced instructors. Seminars require advance registration and an additional registration fee

Taking Care of Business: Governing for Success | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Recommended CEUs .6 / PDHs 6 / CPEs 7

New Threats in Privatization and Public Power’s Response | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00

Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8

Small Cell Wireless Pole Attachment Issues: Update on Developments Impacting Public Power Utilities | 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8



In the morning, the Legislative and Resolutions (L&R) Committee meets to review APPA’s federal legislative agenda, followed by a discussion of new proposed policies, and then adoption of these policies. This is followed by the L&R Committee luncheon, with a keynote speaker who focuses on the issues of the day and political environment in our nation’s capital. In the afternoon, attendees meet with their congressional delegations on Capitol Hill and attend policy briefings on specific issues hosted by APPA at the Mayflower Hotel. In the evening, PowerPAC contributors enjoy a reception to thank them for their involvement with APPA’s political action committee.



Public power advocates begin their morning attending the Legislative Rally breakfast, where APPA presents its Public Service Award to a member of Congress for his or her strong support for public power. Following the Legislative Rally breakfast, public power advocates travel to Capitol Hill for meetings with their congressional delegations.


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Register for the 2019 Legislative Rally here.

2019 Legislative Rally
February 25-27, 2019

Registration Fees

Member $375

Nonmember $750

Pre-Rally Seminars

Prices increase by $50 after February 1

Half-day seminars (on/before February 1)

Member $350

Nonmember $700

Full-day seminar (on/before February 1)

Member $475 (lunch included)

Nonmember $950

Guest Registration

All guest registrations must be accompanied by a Legislative Rally attendee registration. Guests may not attend general sessions or concurrent sessions unless otherwise listed in the conference program. Guests of attendees are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and L&R Committee Lun­cheon for a fee. Children 12 and under do not need to register.

Welcome Reception: $130

Monday, February 25

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

L&R Committee Luncheon: $68

Tuesday, February 26

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


Phone: 202-467-2978; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

The Association maintains the right to designate any meeting or session as open only to regular members (public power systems, rural electric cooperatives, joint action agencies, state/regional associations). The Legislative Rally is not open to investor-owned utilities or other privately-owned energy companies.



Registrants who cancel in writing on or before February 18, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after February 18 will not receive a refund. However, we will accept attendee substitutions for the 2019 APPA Legislative Rally. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before February 18 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee.

Cancellations must be made in writing and mailed, faxed, or emailed to:

American Public Power Association

2451 Crystal Drive

Suite 1000

Arlington, VA 22202-4804

fax: 202-495-7484

email: [email protected]



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 room block at the Mayflower Hotel for the 2019 Legislative Rally is now full. A wait list list has been set up. In order to be added to the wait list, please send an email to our Meetings Department at [email protected] with the names of all attendees, arrival/departure dates for each, and your hotel confirmation numbers (if you have already made reservations at the Mayflower, but not at the discounted group rate). Please be aware that the Association cannot guarantee that you will be placed within the room block.

In the meantime, the Association suggests the following hotels within close proximity to The Mayflower. Please note that the Association has NOT established a group rate with any of the properties listed below. We suggest making a reservation at one the hotels listed below and to periodically check with The Mayflower to see if any rooms have become available.

Hotel RL Washington DC
1823 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Reservations/Local: (202) 223-4320
(.2 miles from the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel)


The Jefferson
1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Reservations/Local: (202) 448-2300
(.4 miles from the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel)

Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
Reservations/Local: (202) 296-2100
(.4 miles from the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel)

Loews Madison Hotel
1177 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(.4 miles from the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel)

Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(.4 miles from the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel)

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

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection has been a Washington, DC landmark since opening its doors over 90 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our hotel has been completely refreshed, offering a host of modern amenities, while still maintaining a sense of iconic luxury. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the sweeping marble lobby before getting comfortable in the redesigned guestrooms. The vibrant American brasserie, EDGAR, offers locally inspired fare, seasonal cocktails, and wines by the glass, open daily for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Guests can also experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC just steps from our hotel, with easy access to the Metro and city bike shares. Whether you're in the nation's capital for business or pleasure, you'll be delighted with the historic tradition and captivating luxury of The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection.

 Address:                                The Mayflower Renaissance Washington

                                               1127 Connecticut Avenue NW

                                               Washington, DC 20036

Main Telephone:                     1-202-347-3000

Group Rates:                          Single/Double $317 per night, (plus tax, currently 14.5%)                                             

Check-in:                                4:00 p.m.

Checkout:                               12:00 p.m.

Parking Fee:                           Valet Parking Only: $59/daily with in and out privileges

Reservation Cut-off Date:       February 1, 2019

Reservation Telephone:         1-877-212-5752

Group Code:                           American Public Power Association Legislative Rally

Online Reservation Link:

Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Friday, February 1, 2019. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before February 1, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-877-212-5752 and reference “American Public Power Association Legislative Rally” or make your reservation online at

The Mayflower should receive all reservations no later than February 1, 2019.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

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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 25-27, 2019
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

A schedule of events for 2019 Legislative Rally is available here.

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.