We at The Hub are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Executive Leadership Team, Katie Loudin.
Taking an active role in supporting specific bills is one of many strategies that citizen lobbyists use to influence the policymaking process. Some policy suggestions are passed into law the first time through the process, but most take several years to make it across the finish line. This is one reason why we see so many “repeat” bills pop up each year.
This may sound disheartening, especially if you’re working on an issue that’s important to you, but just because a bill doesn’t pass during the first session it’s introduced doesn’t mean that it’s not a good idea, or that it will never pass. It also doesn’t mean that the work being done now is in vain.
Citizen lobbyists can take heart because the same strategies that they’re using now to get their bills passed can be a big help later–should they need to run the bill again.
And remember, running a bill is just one way that citizen lobbyists can engage in the policymaking process. For more strategies you can use to influence the laws that impact us all, check out our Citizen Lobbyist Handbook and Black By God’s Citizen’s Guide to Online Advocacy. Most of the strategies you’ll find in these tools can be useful now and in the event that more work is needed on the issue you care about.
The Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference Awards Selection Committee is now seeking nominations of real southern West Virginia success stories.
Last fall, we kicked off our HubCAP (Communities of Achievement Program) in six communities working on the Mon Forest Towns initiative: Cowen, Elkins, Franklin, Marlinton, Petersburg and White Sulphur Springs.