- It's Time to Prepare for the Legislative Off-Season
- July 22, 2016
- Law Firm: The Posey Law Firm P.C. - Austin Office
Identify Core Objectives
Any good legislative plan begins by identifying your core objectives. A common question asked by many is what do you need to accomplish? Could there be existing statutes that need to be modified, or do you need to start with new legislation? Do any other stakeholders have a similar objective or agenda? If so, it can often be an effective strategy to combine forces and split the labor. The logical starting point is to figure out what you need, and what steps are necessary to achieve your core objectives.
Once you know what you want to do, it’s time to create your legislation, or prepare an amendment to be added to an existing piece of legislation. The structure of a new bill or amendments to existing legislation is particularly important, which is why it's important to work with an experienced lobbyist and lobby firm when preparing legislation. The next step after building an initial draft is to present it to the public. You can also approach aligned lobby organizations or focus your efforts on finding the right representative to present your bill.
Build Support for Your Legislation
The proper support is a key component in passing a bill. Targeted support will draw attention to important issues in your legislation and helps support the legislation in the committee process. It also puts appropriate pressure on legislators to examine and vote on your legislation. It can take a long time to build an effective media campaign, so start now.
Find the Right Legislator to Carry Your Legislation
New legislation can only be introduced by a member of the legislation, so the next logical step is to find the right member of the legislature to carry your legislation. Depending on the specifics of your legislation, you might want to approach your local state representative or senator, or you may want to choose someone with a history of supporting or working on issues similar to your legislature. The right Texas lobby firm can help you manage this process to ensure you make the right choices to support your legislation.
The legislative off-season is the right time to begin preparing for the next legislative session.