|Wednesday, June 19, 2013|
STATE HOUSE REPORT
TO: NHADA Members
Admin Fee Bill Dead
Grass Roots Stop HB 1558
I am pleased to report that the full House voted to kill House Bill 1558 this past Wednesday. Credit for stopping this onerous legislation belongs to old-fashioned grass-roots lobbying: NHADA members calling and writing.
NHADA members responded quickly and effectively to my request that they call their elected officials on the House Commerce Committee. Member calls and letters, combined with NHADA staff lobbying at the State House, resulted in a 17-1 Committee vote to pass an Inexpedient to Legislate motion (in short, to kill the bill).
The bill was then put on the Consent Calendar with dozens of other bills. Although any one Representative could have pulled HB 1558 off the Consent Calendar, it remained tucked away with the other bills. The full House then voted up or down on this entire package of bills.
As old as the above quote is, it still applies today. If NHADA members don’t get to know their elected officials or aren’t willing to call or write them, those officials will not fully understand your concerns.
Using HB 1558 as an example, your elected officials took the time to carefully consider the bill because NHADA members took the time to contact them. If NHADA members didn’t take the simple but effective step of reaching out, all the members would have been stuck with the following burdens:
After Crossover Day (March 20), I will provide you with a comprehensive update of the legislation that Dan Bennett and I are tracking. Thank you again for your support!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 800-852-3372 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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