The state legislature is responsible for 2 things:
Making and changing state laws (Bills)
Setting the state budget (Appropriations)
How a Bill Becomes A Law Every bill has to go through both the House and the Senate. It’s starting place depends on whether a bill is sponsored by a Representative or a Senator.
How a Bill Becomes a Law STANDING COMMITTEE Standing Committees debate and vote on whether each bill should be heard by the full House or Senate. This is also an opportunity for the public to testify. RULES COMMITTEE The Rules Committee assigns all bills to the appropriate Standing Committees. FLOOR DEBATE & VOTE The bill sponsor presents the bill to the entire House or Senate and answers questions. It is important to talk to your legislator before the vote on the bill. If the bill passes, it is sent to the other house to begin the process again.
GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE If the bill passes both the House & the Senate, it is then sent to the Governor for him to sign or veto.
Appropriations Process Appropriations subcommittees hold hearings to determine budgets for state programs. Some of the committees allow the public to testify. Commerce & Workforce Services Economic Development & Revenue Health & Human Services
The How: ADVOCACY
It only takes 10 minutes!
WRITE A LETTER
Policymakers pay attention when citizens take the time to call and convey their views. Call just before upcoming votes
Letters are good early in the session.
YOUR SENATOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
W 115 Capitol Complex W 030 Capitol Complex
SLC, UT 84114 SLC, UT 84114
Your letters can also be faxed to:
WHAT ABOUT EMAIL??
Legislator’s email addresses can be found at www.le.utah.gov
During the legislative session you can visit your legislator at the Capitol. If you don’t have an appointment, you can send a note in to them and they will come out and talk to you.
Testimony provides a written record of the various view on an issue. Testimony also provided groups with an opportunity to clarify their views and present a unifies position of support or opposition.
Words of Wisdom
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
-- Abraham Lincoln
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A Final Word
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito.”