On November 1-2, NATO members gathered in Washington, DC for the 2017 NATO Capitol Hill Fly-In. The two-day program included a session with noted pollster Mark Mellman, an issues briefing, a private evening tour of the U.S. Capitol with Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) facilitated by AMC Theatres, and meetings with nearly 50 House and Senate offices. NATO members advocated for legislation creating a notice-and-cure period to address the problem of ADA drive-by lawsuits; legislation amending the full-time employee definition to 40 hours per week under the Affordable Care Act; and legislation establishing a stricter joint employer standard.
NATOPAC supporters enjoyed a breakfast with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and an avid moviegoer. Rep. Goodlatte discussed his committee’s priorities of immigration reform, criminal justice reform, and intellectual property protection.
The NATO members who attended the fly-in represented the wide range of the industry, from national circuits to family-owned regional chains to Main Street cinema operators. These dedicated participants projected the voice of exhibition on Capitol Hill to advocate for bills important to the health of the industry.