We’re just one day away from the start of the 2018 state legislative session here in Alabama. At noon tomorrow, January 9, legislators will convene in Montgomery and session will begin.
Conservation Alabama’s goal is to make it easy for you to follow the legislature’s work and the bills that could impact our natural resources. Whether you’re a casual observer or a political junkie, we have a way for you to stay plugged in:
Conservation Alabama’s Bill Tracker: The legislation we’re following this session can be easily accessed through our Bill Tracker. See quick summaries of the bills or read the full text, track their progress through the legislature and see how your elected officials voted. This is a great way to check in on session and get as much information as you need at a glance.
The Hot List: If you want weekly updates on session delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for The Hot List. This email gives you a detailed look at the bills Conservation Alabama is tracking, and also highlights opportunities for you to get involved in the legislative process.
Action Alerts: Your voice is often our most effective tool in protecting Alabama’s natural resources. By sending Action Alerts at critical moments, we can demonstrate the support that our environment enjoys so that legislators know their constituents care. You can subscribe to receive Action Alerts via email so that you never miss a chance to speak up for our state.
Our blog: Every week during session, we publish a blog post right here to update you on what happened in Montgomery and preview what’s in the works for the following week.
If you have questions about session or our work in Montgomery, feel free to contact us.
See you on Goat Hill!
Last week, Conservation Alabama Executive Director Tammy Herrington met with elected officials on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of preserving our public lands. This was part of the League of Conservation Voters’ Our Lands, Our Vote campaign, which has been working to protect public lands in the face of legislative and budgetary attacks at the federal level.
“This was a chance to sit down with our congressional leaders and their staff and let them know that their constituents back home care about public lands not just in Alabama but across the country,” Tammy said.
Tammy met with staff from the offices of Rep. Bradley Byrne, Rep. Terri Sewell, and Sen. Richard Shelby. She was accompanied by LCV staff member Darrien Davis. LCV is part of the nationwide effort to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect the Antiquities Act and our country’s public spaces.
While Conservation Alabama primarily focuses on state legislation, the importance of public lands and the threats they are currently facing make it clear that we need to share your conservation priorities with our federal elected officials as well. To learn more about the work of LCV and Conservation Alabama to protect our public lands click here.
Conservation Alabama Executive Director Tammy Herrington was on Capitol Hill this week for the League of Conservation Voters’ annual Lobby Day. This is a chance to connect with Alabama’s congressional delegation and their staff in Washington, D.C., to make the case for policies that will protect our state’s natural resources and communities.
This year’s Lobby Day also served as the kickoff for LCV’s Our Lands Our Vote campaign to advocate for public lands. Threats to the Antiquities Act could jeopardize some of our country’s most treasured places. Tammy was able to share the successes we have had here in Alabama with bipartisan efforts to protect state parks and the Forever Wild Land Trust.
The proposed federal budget also has the potential to negatively impact Alabama’s natural resources. Cuts to the EPA could put an end to programs that we rely on to identify and clean up contaminants like radon, not to mention the grants that Alabama’s communities need to maintain basic levels of environmental health. Cuts to NOAA could end the Sea Grant program, which funds the research done on the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama universities. Sen. Richard Shelby has been a leader in fighting to preserve funding for Sea Grant and for the National Estuary Program, which supports research and education efforts on Mobile Bay.
While we share your conservation priorities with elected officials in Montgomery regularly, the opportunity to talk about Alabama’s natural resources and communities with our congressional delegation is something we look forward to every year. We’re proud to be able to talk about the successes we’ve had thanks to your involvement, and to make sure Capitol Hill knows that Alabamians care about their environment.