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March 27, 2014

Think About It: Legislative Inquiry

The state legislative session began on January 15th and ends on May 1st. Do you know where your future is? By that I mean- are you keeping yourself apprised of possible new bills being introduced or changes possibly being made to existing laws? Do you really care? Well, you probably should, as many decisions being made will affect you one way or another. Perhaps you have complete confidence that your House representative and state senator speak on your behalf. Perhaps you are clueless and will only find out after the fact, at which point it's really hard to augment change.

Now would be a good time to make sure you stay on top of bills that could impact your life, whether it is labor bills, educational changes, housing development and infrastructure issues, etc.  Yes, the 60-days of legislative activity seem to fly by, but so do some bills that you may not want if you, the voting public, doesn't actively let legislators know your feelings. Don't just rely on TV or newspaper reports to let you know what may or may not be going down at the capital. Take the time to stay updated, and then make calls or send e-mails to influential legislators if you see something you support or don't support and can't make it down to testify or listen.

Keep in mind that legislators, both local and national, only get to make these decisions that affect you if they have a job. I know that sounds simplistic, but you, ultimately, determine whether or not they get to keep their jobs. And that's very important to them, so they should be listening to constituents, and that's only possible if you let your voice be heard. And now is the time, before the session ends on May 1st and someone you love, like yourself, says, "they did what?" Think about it…

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