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Last week I had the privilege of seeing independent agents in action at the Big “I” annual legislative conference and convention in Washington, D.C. — an event that, unlike the recent RIMS conference, was well attended in spite of pinched travel budgets and the growing swine flu threat (yes, there were a few travelers in medical masks at O’Hare Airport). 

Despite the pleasant weather, cherry trees in bloom, and the perennial chaperoned groups of middle-schoolers on class field trips, this D.C. meeting is no junket. Agents who take time away from their businesses to come to this event are committed to getting their POVs known and understood by their representatives in Washington.

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