Members of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America will assemble in Washington, D.C. on July 15-16, 2014, for SIGMA’s annual Legislative Meeting and Day on the Hill held at the Westin Georgetown Hotel.
“Educating Congressional members about issues we face daily is what is needed for motor fuel marketers to be able to grow our business as well as to ensure that our voice is heard on Capitol Hill,” said Tom Gresham, President and CEO of Double Quick, Inc. and Chairman of SIGMA’s Legislative Committee.
SIGMA members will focus on a variety of legislative issues that are pertinent to marketers’ businesses. This year’s priority issues for SIGMA members include: (1) fuel matters—including logistical constraints on supply as well as the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard; (2) payment systems—including swipe fees and data security; (3) employment matters—including the Affordable Care Act; and, (4) transportation funding.
“Congress has the authority to shape public policies that directly affect our members’ ability to compete within the motor fuel industry,” Gresham said. “Hearing from motor fuel marketers regarding the effect legislation would have on independent fuel marketers is crucial because if new regulations are set and inadequate funding is allotted fuel marketers could face serious issues.”
Combined it is estimated that SIGMA members sold more than 40 percent of motor fuel sold in the U.S. in 2013. On July 16, approximately 200 Members of Congress will meet with SIGMA members who live and provide jobs in their districts to learn about issues they face as business owners in their communities.