Most of us at some point in our life encounter state laws that we believe are ineffective. We may feel that there are areas where our state legislature needs to look into changing the law or enacting a new law to protect citizens.
When there is a cause you are passionate about, you have the power to get your state legislation to enact or change a law. On a federal level, between January 3, 2021, to October 10, 2021, Congress enacted 47 laws and passed 316 resolutions.
In addition to the federal government, every state operates and passes its own laws. In 2021 the State of Utah between January 19, 2021, to March 5, 2021, passed 25 pieces of legislation. If you want to be a mover and shaker who changes state legislature, keep reading to learn everything you need to know.
Increase Your Political Awareness
The first step to becoming active in making change is to keep yourself up-to-date on politics. This includes getting to know your state legislators by attending campaigning events, town meetings, or any other activity that gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself.
Your legislators become familiar with you as a constituent plus you have the opportunity to express your views on political issues. To further stress your opinion, send your legislator an email. Most have their email addresses listed on the state website.
Writing Letters and Emails
When writing be sure to include your name and address so they know you are a constituent. This is especially important if you are expressing an opinion regarding an upcoming bill being voted on.
In the subject line of the email or letter, state the purpose of your communication. For example, please vote yes/no on HB (House Bill) or SB (Senate Bill) No.__. Explain in a factual and courteous manner why you support or oppose that particular bill.
Address the individual properly, such as Dear Representative [last name] or Dear Senator [last name]. You may request a response from the legislator providing their opinion on that particular issue.
Get New State Legislature Introduced
As a U.S. Citizen, you have the right to draft a bill. Most states will not allow a bill to be introduced without a sponsor. This is where your familiarity with your representatives and senators works to your benefit. When attending an event where your legislator is present, speak to them about your cause and ask for their help.
Be prepared to answer questions. Have written material you can give them that explains the pros and cons of the issue. Explain why you believe enacting such a law will benefit their constituents.
Be prepared to do additional work by providing the legislator with additional information. They may ask for the names of others who support your position. Be willing to testify before a legislature about the cause.
Get Assistance From a Lobbyist
When you want to get new state legislature enacted, it is important to learn the legislative process. The same steps are followed at both the state and national levels.
You may want to consult with a lobbyist. A lobbyist is a professional advocate who works to influence political decisions on behalf of an organization or individuals.
The lobbyist uses their experience and expertise to influence government action by using oral and written communication. Their actions often result in the enactment of new laws or amendments to those in existence. When you hire a full-time professional lobbyist you are increasing your chances of having your cause made into law.
Become an Advocate for What You Believe
By becoming an advocate for the causes you believe in, your actions are equivalent to your voice being heard in a court of law. Your state legislature enacts the laws your court system must follow. As a U.S. citizen, it is your right to state your position and work to change a law.
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