50 ways to kill a bill

Paul Simon had 50 Ways to Leave your Lover. Train has 50 Ways to Say Goodbye. And the Utah legislature has 50 Ways to Kill a Bill.     You can make a new plan, Stan. So, *Slap a huge fiscal note on the bill. *Hold it in rules. *Table it. *Circle it. *Offend someone in leadership. *Call in expert witness John Swallow. *Send it back to rules *Send it to interim study *”This bill is about legitimate rape….” *Forget to put it on a committee agenda *Pull it from…

Top Ten Tips for Emailing Legislators

Eight days are left in the 2014 legislative session and legislators are getting swamped. Here are a few tips to help your voice be heard as you contact your legislators. 1. Make your subject line as descriptive as possible. “Vote NO” is not actually descriptive. “Please vote yes on HB105, the plant extract bill” is better. 🙂 2. In addition to the bill number, include either the title or a description of the bill. With hundreds of bills to track, it’s hard to identify them by just a number. 3.…

Tips for dealing with the media

A couple of year’s ago in a House majority caucus meeting – an open meeting, btw – a couple of young women handed out a few tips and hints on how legislators should deal with the media.  As you might imagine, it contains these helpful hints: *Nothing is ever “off the record“.  Refrain from saying anything to the press you would not like to see on television or in print.

The Top 11 Qualities of Good Legislators

Capitol at night

Over the years, I’ve watched legislators come and go and candidates come and go, I’ve often pondered what qualities are most important for a legislator. Here is a start: Learn process – The legislative process is like a monopoly game. Those who know the rules best mostly get their way. Take the time to learn parliamentary procedure. Learn how to pass and kill bills. Learn appropriations – The difference between Executive Appropriations and Appropriations SubCommittees is immense. Figure out how to get funding. Don’t define your worth by the office you…

A Few Tips for Contacting Your Legislator [Utah Moms Care]

Utah Capitol Hill

The session is underway; here are a few hints to keep in mind when contacting your Senator or Representative. Email Tips The subject line of your email is vital.  Make it specific.  Include the bill you are writing about, how you would like your legislator to vote, your address, and if you are a delegate (do not say you are a delegate if you are not one).  For example: Support HB 69 Autism Bill – Republican/Democratic Delegate – Constituent from District #__ –  Address

10 Easy Ways Even Busy Moms (& Dads) Can Be More Engaged During The Legislative Session [Utah Moms Care]

Utah Capitol Hill

We are all busy.  Really busy.  There are always more things that we would like to do, then we can actually do.  But here is a challenge, for just 45 days can you pay attention to what is happening at our State Capitol?  I know you can.  I know you care what happens there because you read this site.  So here is a list of a few ways even busy Moms can be engaged this year during the 2013 Session of the Utah Legislature: