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Annual meeting at Capitol will focus on our issues

Lawmakers and appointed officials in Phoenix will meet with a focused group of Mohave County Chamber of Commerce representatives on Feb. 18, including the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year, at the Chamber’s suggestion, representatives from Kingman and Bullhead City will join Lake Havasu City for a Mohave County Chamber Day at the Legislature. It will be two weeks after the traditional “Day” at the State Capitol that most other chambers attend.

And, in advance of that, the Lake Havasu Area Chamber has completed a 50-point annual 2015 Legislative Agenda, forwarded to not only the state officials, but to city, county and federal officials as well. Prepared by the Governmental Affairs Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, the Legislative Agenda recommends action on legislation, regulation and other governmental actions.

Chamber staff then advocates on behalf of the organization.

The date of the larger event, Feb. 9, conflicted with other activities of the three area chambers, leading to the decision to team up at the later date. The group will dine informally with Rep. Sonny Borelli, Rep. Regina Cobb and Sen. Kelli Ward, followed the next day by formal meetings with each of them in the Capitol. Meetings are being scheduled to include Gov. Doug Ducey or a staff member from his office, as well as other available elected officials.

The group will spend a few moments with Brian Tassinari, Lake Havasu City’s lobbyist, and although he’s not on contract with the Chamber, his insight into current state government trends is valuable, says Lisa Krueger, adding, “He’s a good ally.”

She said several items of concern to the Chamber include fund sweeps and objectives in the Governor’s budget that would sweep funds from the Office of Tourism, the Commerce Authority and veterans services.

“Also a hot topic: Water and water rights, with concerns that were triggered with the transfer of water rights from Planet Ranch to private industry – and off the tax rolls,” she said.

Later in the day, the group will visit the SkySong campus of Arizona State University, a hybrid campus where students and university-related persons have start-up businesses under one roof. “It’s like an incubator but there’s a lot more to it,” Lisa said. “We know ASU has some great plans for Havasu, and at some point the Chamber itself would like to have some type of small business center of incubator program.”