The events of the last year in regards to rules and regulations affecting our businesses should demonstrate to all of us that there is an effort by governments to regulate the flow of art and antiques. For example, the UK is working towards the exclusion of any trade in items with ivory - a more Draconian law than the Federal or most of the states in the US. A money laundering bill was sidelined in the US this year, but it will be back for consideration when the new Congress is formed next year. I think you all need to understand that no one no matter what their discipline may be - art, decorative or fine of any era, antiquities through contemporary - will be unaffected by the rules and regulations that are being proposed. It is of enormous importance that we step into the law creation process to deter these laws from being business killers, to not burden our businesses wth endless red tape and allow politicians to understand who we are, what we do and how we benefit not just individuals but economies.