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Local advocacy is alive and well in the Peach State! Thanks to SHRM’s volunteer leaders, Georgia’s politicians have “HR on their minds.” This month, the SHRM - Columbus Area  and Foothills of Georgia chapters hosted two Day Inside the District events where SHRM members met with elected officials to discuss HR public policy issues pending in the U.S. Congress and in the General Assembly.

Columbus Area chapter members met with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), who invited the group to share its views on such issues as the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800), FMLA expansion, the employment verification provisions of immigration reform legislation, and health care reform.  During the one-hour meeting, which took place in the Human Resources Department of the Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Westmoreland expressed interest in hearing the HR community ideas about what Congress should do about health care reform, noting “the third-party payer system is not working.”

The Foothills of Georgia chapter held its 2007 Legislative Briefing in Gainesville during which 45 HR professionals met with State Representative Carl Rogers (R-28), Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the Transportation Committee.  Rogers (pictured at right) encouraged SHRM members to “get to know your state representatives and senators,” suggesting that if you think “someone else is looking after your interest – you’re wrong!”

If your SHRM chapter is interested in scheduling your own “Day Inside the District”event, please contact Bernard Coleman, SHRM’s Member Advocacy Specialist.


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