Program details finalized for Feb. 21 Governmental Affairs Day

Mark Stone

Mark Stone

Pat Bates

Pat Bates

Assemblyman Mark Stone, chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee; and Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel ) will be part of CNPA’s 21st Annual Governmental Affairs Day on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet and interact with California’s legislators and legislative leaders.

The program will open with a talk by Senate President pro Tem-elect Toni Atkins.

Stone (D-Monterey Bay) will speak next, followed by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) and Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

After lunch, moderator Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor, politics, Los Angeles Times, will lead a discussion on the perspectives of seasoned lobbyists on what makes an effective lobbyist, how the media affects their work and several other related topics. Lobbyists agreeing to participate on the panel include Adam Keigwin, Amy Brown, Paula Treat and Mike Belote.

Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni

The afternoon is devoted to visits to your area legislators at the Capitol.

And that evening, please plan to join legislators and constitutional officers for a reception at the Capitol Building.

Staff has identified several bills that threaten newspapers’ business operations. Bills have been introduced to: repeal public notices in newspapers; establish an ad tax; and ban junk mail. Your participation at Governmental Affairs

Day is essential and demonstrates to legislators and other public officials that newspapers’ influence on the development of public policy in California is alive and well. Please invite your key staff to accompany you.

The day’s events, sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, California Black Media and First Amendment Coalition, start at 10 a.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

For details, go here.

Cost is $59/person and includes Governmental Affairs Day buffet luncheon at the Sacramento Convention Center, appointment setting with your local legislators in the Capitol Building and admission to the Legislative Reception in the Capitol Basement Rotunda.