The word “lobbying” carries a lot of baggage. Polluting industries and special interests have bred a lot of cynicism around what it means to lobby lawmakers, and worked to weaken laws protecting our most valuable shared resource: Water.
But really, lobbying is simply meeting with elected officials to have your voice heard. That’s why we think it’s time lobbying is put back into the hands of the people. We’re calling on our community to join us for Washington Water Lobby Days from January 31st to February 2nd, where we’ll help make it easier to talk to your elected officials about key bills and funding for key programs. More about those bills below.
We’ll hold a training session the week before so you have the tools and confidence to lobby, details sent when you sign up. We encourage anyone to join, whether it’s your first time talking to lawmakers or not! We’ll be right alongside you at every step of the way. You won’t be lobbying all day, just during a short virtual lawmaker meeting or two during Lobby Days.
This event is organized by RE Sources, Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CELP), Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT), and Twin Harbors Waterkeeper.
What to expect: Brief training and short online meetings
We’ll hold one training shortly before Lobby Days on January 30th, time TBD, to go over:
- The do’s and don’ts of lobbying
- An overview of each of the bills, and talking points to help you support them.
What bills are we advocating for?
Our priorities this legislative session, which will be updated with specific bill numbers and budget items in January, are:
- Reducing plastic pollution and improving recycling
- Ensuring streams have enough water for fish, people and farms
- Tracking the state budget to make sure water protection programs are funded
Other resources to participate during the legislative session
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