Last Thursday afternoon, the Council of State Governments (CSG) released the Docket for its upcoming SSL meeting that will be held in conjunction with its 2013 Leadership Forum June 21-24 in Washington, D.C.
It happens every year. An idea pops up on the legislative agenda in a so-called “small state.” But, since it is in a “small” state, a decision is made to not get involved. True, no one can engage everywhere, but this analysis ignores a very basic rule of legislative trends–someone has to go first. Legislators ALWAYS ask what other state has done whatever is being proposed.
On the worldwide stage, the U.S. ranks 93rd out of 139 countries in the number of women in our national legislature and this year there are 1,781, or 24.1%, of the 7,383 U.S. state legislators that are women. Perhaps state and local have eclipsed national as the new focus.
What has billions of dollars to spend on goods and services and a purchasing power greater than the federal government?
Have you ever been asked to provide percentages or odds on something happening or not happening with a bill? I have.
Tomorrow’s election will touch every American as citizens elect a President, US Senators, Members of Congress, Governors, Attorneys General and more than 6,000 state legislators. The state ballots will also include more than 150 questions–initiatives and referenda–addressing a vast array of public policy issues.
If you decide to part ways with your contract lobbyist, there are some things you should do to make the change most positive for all concerned.
While there are many excuses and reasons not to deploy grassroots, if your organization has the basic elements and you follow these simple steps, you can enhance the effectiveness of your state advocacy program.
The 2012 legislative session is gearing up to be a busy one, particularly when it comes to fiscal issues. Federal stimulus dollars are drying up, revenue is down, and most states are increasingly strapped for cash. In an election year when these factors are sure to be politically polarizing, having access to the right lawmakers and staff can mean a world of difference and provide a key competitive advantage. During my time in the Florida State House I witnessed certain practices that are determinative of the success or failure of an advocate’s legislative agenda.
Over the course of the past month Stateside professionals interviewed contacts in all 50 states to get a sense of the top issues that will face lawmakers in the coming year.