National Restaurant Association 32nd Annual Public Affairs Conference
On April 17-18, 40 Texas restaurateurs joined more than 550 others from around the country in Washington, D.C. for the 32nd annual National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference. The Texas Restaurant Association, along with 45 other state restaurant associations, led its restaurateurs to Capitol Hill to speak with its Congressional delegation to relay real life stories, successes and challenges to their elected officials.
This year the conference focused on a few priorities that remain a focus for the industry. Those issues include a fix to the restaurant depreciation provision in the 2017 tax bill to make sure that restaurants maintain the 15-year depreciation schedule; further adjustments to the Affordable Care Act relating to burdensome reporting, seasonal workers clarification, and a repeal of the 30-hour workweek provision for full-time employees; and urging Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform.
In addition, the Texas delegation urged Senators Cornyn and Cruz to pass the ADA reform legislation that has passed the House. H.R. 620 will provide a 120-day right to cure for businesses before a lawsuit can be filed. The Texas Restaurant Association was very successful in passing a 60-day right to cure in the 2017 Texas Legislature relating to state ADA lawsuits, but further action is needed on the federal level to stop frivolous ADA lawsuits.
During the conference, attendees heard Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) talk about Congressional successes and challenges for the restaurant industry, the current political climate, and other business issues that Congress is tackling. The conference attendees also heard from NRA officials about the 2017 Tax Bill that was beneficial to the restaurant industry and the challenges ahead on immigration reform.