Goat Hill 101: Engaging with the State Legislature
The 2015 Alabama State Legislative Session is now in its second week, and we want to make it easy for you to follow the progress of environmental bills and get involved in the legislative process.
First off, do you know your state legislator? Connecting with your representatives at the local, state, and federal level is a key step in making sure your voice is heard when you speak up for your community. Visit Conservation Alabama’s Legislative Directory to find your legislators, see which bills they’ve sponsored, and check out their voting records. Once you know who they are, here are some tips on how to effectively participate in the political process:
- Stay in regular, respectful contact with your representatives. Phone calls and personal letters are the best, but you can also use email and Twitter to talk with legislators.
- Ask questions about policy decisions that affect you and your community. Remember: elected officials work for us!
- Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper about the conservation issues that matter to you.
If you’re interested in the specifics of the environmental bills that the State Legislature is debating, there are several easy ways to find that information. You can subscribe to our weekly Hot List e-newsletter, which recaps the legislative session and details the progress of environmental bills. If you don’t need the weekly update, you can visit the Bill Tracker on Conservation Alabama’s website to check in on how environmental bills are progressing through the legislature.
As always, if you have questions about the legislative process or conservation legislation, please feel free to contact us. You can also follow us on Twitter @ConservationAL or on Facebook for the latest updates throughout the session.