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Conference, Legislation Top Board Meeting Agenda

Washington Report

The upcoming 143rd General Conference & Exhibition and a busy summer on Capitol Hill will dominate the proceedings when the NGAUS board of directors meets this weekend in Washington, D.C.

Board members will review final plans for the conference, set for Aug. 27-30 in Las Vegas. They will also review legislative resolutions and bylaws changes proposed by the states and territories that delegates will consider during the association’s annual business meeting.

And they will consider nominations for 2021 NGAUS individual awards, many of which will be presented at the conference.

Congressional deliberations will also draw the board’s attention. In addition to the usual summer work on the annual defense policy and appropriations bills, lawmakers are currently debating how to reimburse the National Guard for the $521 million in fiscal 2021 funds spent on security at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.

Guard officials have said schools, annual training, weekend drills and some scheduled equipment maintenance will have to be cancelled in August and September if the funds are not replenished soon.

Board members will also review the association’s mid-year budget and receive a membership report.

This will be retired Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire’s last board meeting as chairman. His term ends at the conference. His will be one of several board positions on the ballot due to the lack of elections last year.  

But this may not be McGuire’s last official trip to Washington, D.C. He is running to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona in 2022.