Day on the Hill, LWVMA’s annual lobby day, will explore the questions:  Why This? Why Now? What Finally Moves Legislation.  Please come Tuesday, Feb. 9, to learn why bills that are introduced session after session finally gain traction and a chance to become law.

A panel will discuss this process, starting with specific examples. Our panelists will be Sen. William Brownsberger on criminal justice legislation; Rep. Shawn Dooley on election reform; and Pamela Wilmot, executive director, Common Cause of Massachusetts, on public records access.  They will discuss how those bills finally moved forward and then more generally discuss the legislative process and how advocacy groups like the League can spur action.

After the panel presentation, LWVMA legislative specialists will outline specific bills we are following.  After the formal program, we urge League members to meet with your own Senators and Representatives on these bills.  Nothing makes as much impact on legislators as personal visits from their constituents.

Day on the Hill will be Tuesday, Feb. 9, with a snow day of Feb. 23, in Gardner Auditorium at the State House, from 10 a.m. to noon.  It is early this year, the second year of the legislative session, because most bills must be reported out of committee by mid-March if they are going to be voted on.  We need to ask legislators to get our bills out of committee.

A packet with information on Day on the Hill and the legislation we support will be emailed to all members before Day on the Hill.

Plan now to attend and make the League’s voice heard in the State House!