Legislative Day & Capital Awards Dinner Overview
The Legislative Day program was introduced in 2007 and serves to further the HNBA legislative agenda before Congress and executive branch officials through direct grassroots advocacy by our members. It also educates HNBA members from around the country about public policy issues and the federal legislative process. Prior advocacy topics have included Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Increased Compensation and Diversity among the Federal Judiciary and fully funded Census 2010. Legislative Day is the only national HNBA event that is free to members who register and attend all event activities.
Preparation for the two-day Legislative Day begins weeks prior to the event. After members are confirmed as event participants they are assigned to small teams and briefed on the advocacy topics. Legislative Day is officially kicked-off with a Welcome Reception where members have the opportunity to network with other participants. On the first day, multiple HNBA teams participate in a full day of advocacy on Capitol Hill and attend pre-scheduled meetings with Members of Congress and/or their key staffers to present the HNBA’s position on selected issues. On the second day, HNBA participants have the opportunity to attend a briefing at the White House by senior administration officials.
Since 2008, HNBA has recognized key legislative initiatives (National Museum of the American Latino Community Commission Act S 500) and Members of Congress who redefine the meaning of excellence through their leadership, and commitment to their communities with the HNBA Capital Award (click here to view the 2009 Awards Dinner video).