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State Public Policy Advocacy

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We partner with our clients, helping them to integrate public policy strategy as a critical element of their comprehensive business plans, and then staying with them to execute that strategy and measure its success.

Featured Experience

Helped defeat a last-minute effort to place wireless telecommunications companies under the regulation of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. The measure could have cost our client millions of dollars and seriously derailed the current nationally regulated standard.

Helped secure a $10 million state bond issuance for a biotech research park.

Brokered a compromise between our city government client, its county government and their legislative delegation to remove the county's statutory right to approve all economic incentives provided by the industrial development board on behalf of the city.

Practice Overview

Overview

We help clients overcome public policy obstacles in order to achieve their goals. Experienced in working with state and local government officials, our focus is on anticipating and preventing crises. We partner with our clients, helping them to integrate public policy strategy as a critical element of their comprehensive business plans, and then staying with them to execute that strategy and measure its success.

We are uniquely qualified to advise clients in developing regional strategies tailored to their long-term business and organizational goals. Through our network of public policy professionals covering Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, we represent our clients in both the legislative and executive branches of state government. Rather than wait for our clients to encounter problems in these states and across the region, we counsel our clients on how they can best avoid problems before they occur.

Our state public policy group provides the following key services to clients:

Public Policy Strategy

We begin by identifying public policy roadblocks that obstruct clients' organizational goals, then take a practical approach to developing short- and long-term strategies for avoiding those roadblocks. Finally, we work with clients to put those strategies into action and bring about results.

Active Lobbying

We work with all branches of state and local government to ensure that policymakers have the resources they need to make wise and informed decisions. A core aspect of this objective is educating policymakers about the legislative and regulatory issues our clients face. Equally important is helping them understand our clients. More than simply presenting a client's legislative agenda, we strive to put a "face" on the client – so that policymakers have an in-depth understanding of the client's business.

Advocacy Materials

Producing advocacy materials that effectively convey a client's message is critical to legislative and regulatory success. We assist clients in preparing all essential materials. These include bill and amendment language, briefing papers for policymakers, testimony for public hearings, public relations statements and grassroots legislative alerts.

Multi-State Monitoring and Alerts

Our clients receive accurate, timely information critical to their decision-making. We review every piece of filed legislation and continually monitor state governments throughout the region. We then tailor our findings into client-specific reports that match their goals and areas of expertise.

Web-Based Services

We understand the importance of timely information, and we know how to get it and act on it. Our wide range of web-based, electronic services keeps our clients ahead of the curve. Whether it is simultaneous, online access to confidential information for a conference call among board members or activation of a 5,000-member grassroots network, our electronic services streamline the delivery of service to our clients.

Underlying all our work is our commitment to client service. Our public policy group is composed of professionals who collectively bring decades of state government experience. We are lobbyists, lawyers, former government officials and longtime political advisors. The deep and diverse experience of our public policy professionals enables us to assemble teams precisely tailored to a client's needs. We put our knowledge to work for our clients full-time, year round.

Representative Matters
  • Helped defeat a last-minute effort to place wireless telecommunications companies under the regulation of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. The measure could have cost our client millions of dollars and seriously derailed the current nationally regulated standard.

  • Helped secure a $10 million state bond issuance for a biotech research park.

  • Brokered a compromise between our city government client, its county government and their legislative delegation to remove the county's statutory right to approve all economic incentives provided by the industrial development board on behalf of the city.

  • Passed legislation clarifying that gross proceeds of an insurance payoff for totaled leased vehicles are not taxable. Secured sponsors, coordinated testimony, established a coalition of allies, met with government tax officials, and secured an appropriations amendment to the state budget.

  • On behalf of a hospital provider, secured legislation granting the hospital's participation in the state insurance plan's hospital provider network. This client had been unable to access any portion of the state employee plan for many years.

  • On behalf of a physician group, we fought legislation that would have prohibited "client billing." We assisted our client in organizing a grassroots network of staff, physicians and other medical practitioners to contact legislators. We secured compromise language for disclosure of lab services, rather than a prohibition on "client billing."

  • Lobbied successfully to enact vicarious liability legislation protecting medical residents and the hospitals who hire them. We helped organize our client's participation, testimony and local grassroots.

  • On behalf of a county government, we passed legislation that enabled it to raise more than $2 million.

  • Helped secure $7 million in TennCare essential access dollars for a hospital client, the largest amount ever received by the client.

  • Fought for legislation that clarified the tax-exempt status of helicopter repairs, sales and refurbishment. Worked with state tax officials to reach compromise language, secured sponsors, and lobbied all committees. The bill passed unanimously.

  • Worked to amend legislation changing local regulation of billboards and signage. The final legislation reflected our client's proposed language.

  • On behalf of pharmaceutical clients, we monitored the governor's proposal to reform TennCare, pending tax legislation, as well as the state budget regarding the inclusion of new HIV/AIDS dollars. We also assisted our client in obtaining a rebate contract with the Department of Health.

  • Fought legislation that would have capped municipal governments' ability to implement hotel-motel taxes. We successfully worked to obtain an amendment that protected the right of our local government client to implement the tax according to legislation passed in the previous General Assembly.

  • Worked with coalition in successful support of workers' compensation reform.

  • Successfully lobbied to amend legislation regarding "real property" designation of pipelines, subverting an attempt to recoup $1.3 million from our client.

  • Successfully opposed all mandated benefits legislation for an insurance company client.

  • Successfully lobbied for legislation that provides a tax incentive for residential property rehabilitation.

  • On behalf of a distillery client, secured agreement with the state Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism for interstate signage.

  • Successfully opposed legislation that prohibited insurance companies from denying payment for claims involving blood alcohol content and worked toward an amendment allowing our client to maintain its exemption from claims involving felonies.

  • Lobbied successfully on behalf of an insurance company client for an amendment to "electronic claims notification to providers" legislation, maintaining the current process of using a claims clearinghouse.

  • For a county government client successfully pushed for legislation that reformed the method by which it selects its medical examiner.

  • Successfully amended legislation that required statewide licensure of plumbers, allowing our county government client to continue its stricter standards of licensing.

  • When legislation threatened to cripple a county's pre-trial release program and add millions to its jail budget, successfully represented the client to defeat the measure.

They are very connected to the right people in the Tennessee state government and the people that we need to be involved with and connected to.

Former Director of Government Affairs at one of the world's leading manufacturers of water heating equipment

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