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FEATURE

Pull Back the Curtain
ON THE

Legislative Process
By Larry L. Light

Advocacy Success Equates
to Common Sense

It takes more than a strong, winning argument to succeed
in advocacy. Common sense things like sending a brief
thank you note, engagement in the political process,
researching both sides of the issue and most importantly,
asking for help instead of "telling" others what action to
take will also make a difference.
Advocacy Tip - Before your advocacy
meeting, know both sides of the issue and
confirm the time, date and place. Write a
thank you note after the meeting.

Bills, Bills, Bills......
Where Do They All Come From?

Some ideas for bills emerge as legislators hear news reports
about problems that have surfaced in their district or from
across the state. Instinctively they consider introducing a
bill to change existing law and solve the problem.
A reliable source for new legislation is special interests.
Trade associations, unions, corporations and others in the
lobbying community advocate for legislation that will help
their members. They can't sponsor the bills themselves, so
they work with a friendly legislator.
Bills are introduced and then routinely sent to a standing
committee. The committee chair then holds the fate
of the legislation in his/her hands. Committee chairs
schedule meetings, set the meeting agenda and guide the
development of amendments.

Legislators' most visible duty is introducing and voting on
legislation. In 2017-2018 there were 2,752 bills introduced
in the PA House and 1,280 bills introduced in the State
Senate. Many were bills that had been introduced before
without gaining any traction, but the remainder were new
proposals supported by the legislative sponsor.
Legislators in the Governor's party are often asked to
introduce bills for the Administration. The various
departments of state government are usually developing
useful changes in state laws.

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Advocacy Tip - The 2-year-long legislative
sessions start slowly as the Farm Show,
January holidays, Governor's Budget
address and other institutional priorities
are the focus. That's a great time to build
relationships with new legislators and
strengthen existing relationships. Have
your agenda ready because it's also the
optimal time to shape the dialogue around
your issues.



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