NASLBC concludes annual meeting in Austin

The National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen held its annual meeting from April 29-May 2 in Austin, Texas. Thirty-Five states were represented and various International Officers and staff members of the BLE's National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C. were in attendance. Representatives from ORBA Financial, BRCF Insurance, LECMPA Insurance, and Designated Legal Counsel also attended.

"At the present time we have 36 states that have either full or part time Legislative Chairmen," said Raymond Holmes, Texas State Legislative Board Chairman and Chairman, NASLBC. "We meet annually to discuss common issues, state initiatives, to hear reports from our International Officers, to lay the framework for future legislation, and to decide what legislation should be handled on the national level."

The focus of this year's meeting was to review the BLE Constitution & Bylaws concerning Legislative Boards. The Chairmen drafted and prioritized seven resolutions for the upcoming convention.

Elections were also held at this meeting and Brother Holmes was reelected Chairman. Other officers elected were: Vice Chairman - J.T. Norris, Va.; 2nd Vice Chairman - Ed Way, Ill.; Secretary-Treasurer - Perry Renfro, Okla.; and Alt. Secretary-Treasurer - Ken Kertesz, Pa. Regional Chairman election results were as follows: Area 1 - George Newman, Mass; Area 2 - Tommy Mayne, Ky.; Area 3 - Jim Keele, Kan.; and Area 4 - Mike Muscha, N.D.

Next year's meeting will be held in Minneapolis, Minn.

First row, from left: Jim Keele, SLBC-Kan. and NASLBC Regional Chairman (Area 3); Leroy Jones, BLE Vice-U.S. President & National Legislative Representative; Edward Dubroski, BLE International President; J.L. McCoy, BLE First Vice-President & Alternate President; and Russell W. Bennett, BLE General Secretary-Treasurer.

Second Row, from left: Perry Renfro, SLBC-Okla. and NASLBC Secretary-Treasurer; Ken Kertesz, SLBC- Pa. and NASLBC Alt. Secretary-Treasurer; J.T. Norris, SLBC-Va. and NASLBC First Vice Chairman; Raymond Holmes, SLBC-Texas and NASLBC Chairman; Betty Child, BLE National Legislative Office Executive Assistant; Mike Muscha, SLBC-N.D. and NASLBC Regional Chairman (Area 4); Tommy Mayne, SLBC-Ky. and NASLBC Regional Chairman (Area 2).

Third Row, from left: George Last, SLBC- Colo.; Chuck Hintz, SLBC-Iowa; Jimmy Brittain, SLBC-Tenn.; George Newman, SLBC-Mass. and Regional Chairman (Area 1); Ed Way, SLBC-Ill. and NASLBC 2nd Vice Chairman; Jim Chappelle, SLBC-N.J.; and Jim Bradford, BLE Special Representative.

Fourth Row, from left: J.F. Ong, Ohio SLB 1st Vice Chairman; Mickey Gage, SLBC-Mo.; Mike O'Brien SLBC-La.; Tom Perkovich, SLBC-Minn.; Bruce Yates, SLBC-N.M.; Bill Verdeyen, SLBC-Ind.; James Ussery, TSLB- 2nd Vice Chairman; Keith Luebke, SLBC-Wisc.; Randy Meek, SLBC-Neb.; and Ron Huff, NDSLB-1st Vice Chairman.

Fifth Row, from left: Jim Worles, WVSLB-1st Vice Chairman; Walt Webster, SLBC-Utah; Tommy Hudson, SLBC-Ala.; Brian Gallagher, NYSLBC Secretary-Treasurer; Brent Boggs, BLE National Legislative Office Political Affairs Coordinator; Raymond Taylor, SLBC-Ga.; Terry Jones, SLBC- Wyo.; Jeff Ramage, SLBC-Idaho; Tim Young, SLBC-Ark.; and Steve Golubic, Local Chairman of BLE Division 238 (Tacoma, Wash.).

Sixth Row, from left: Terry Briggs, TSLB-1st Vice Chairman; Craig Gilchrist, SLBC-Mont.; Robert Svob, SLBC-Ariz.; and Doug Horstman, SLBC-Ore.

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