New York - In an effort to involve its members in government affairs and lobbying initiatives, the New York-based Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS) launched the RIMS Legislative Action Center on its Web site at"RIMS has made it easy for risk professionals to become more active in government affairs," says Terry Fleming, member of RIMS Board of Directors and director of the division of risk management for Montgomery County, Md. "RIMS is recognized in government as the voice of risk management, but we need members to become more supportive. RIMS Legislative Action Center will provide the risk management industry with the tools necessary to reach out to members of Congress and make their voice heard."

RIMS Legislative Action Center provides information and updates on key federal legislative initiatives, including the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), Surplus Lines Reform Legislation and Optional Federal Charter. It also provides an extensive database on members of Congress, including voting scorecards and links to their Web sites. Additionally, to facilitate grassroots efforts, the Web site provides risk managers the opportunity to identify their local elected officials and send a personalized message via e-mail and mail—a feature that is particularly valuable during critical voting periods.

RIMS Government Affairs Department serves as the main conduit between the federal government and RIMS members, working with both the legislative and executive branches to advance the interests of the risk management community. The Society also organizes an annual event called RIMS on the Hill that brings some 60 risk professionals to Washington, D.C. to receive updates and top legislative issues, lobbying training and provides a platform for them to meet with members of Congress. The ninth annual RIMS on the Hill takes place on June 12-13, 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Source: Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc.


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