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Never Hurts To Ask

Never Hurts To Ask:


Recently, I was randomly scanning through some bills that were being heard in the House of Representatives when I came across this heading for HB 1069: Designating the Pacific chorus frog as the state amphibian.  The first thing that popped into my mind was, “Why do Representatives waste their time on such silly bills?”  But, I stopped myself, gave them the benefit of the doubt, and decided to ask them.  So, I e-mailed Representative Brendan Williams and he replied, “I had an adorable group of third graders from a school in my district decide to take on this effort as a class project.  They are learning advocacy.  They like this frog because it is found on both sides of the Cascades — hence no regional conflict!”.  Wow, that was the last thing I would have thought of!  It never hurts to ask.  Your legislators are just like you, normal people!  It’s okay to contact and ask them about something.  This same scenario happened again when I saw HB 1556 entitled: Designating the Walla Walla sweet onion as the official Washington state vegetable.  After I contacted Representative Maureen Walsh, she replied, “Hello Betsy – I am from Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Sweet Onion is only grown successfully in the soils in our area. Last session, and the one before, a group of 9th graders from Kirkland (Walla Walla’s sister city in the state) asked me to sponsor the bill.  The bill was very successful in the House (95-1 vote) but failed to get to the floor of the Senate.  I heard from the students again this year who would like to see the bill succeed, and also heard from onion farmers in my district who received a real boost from all the articles in the press about our wonderful sweet onion…”  Then she wrote on a more personal note about her husband who had just passed away, and how he liked it too.


So, the point of this is to let you know that you can easily contact your legislators, they are normal people, and would love to hear your opinions and questions.  Don’t hesitate to contact them!


Don’t know how? 


Here’s a link to find who your legislators are: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

  Here’s the Washington State Government’s Homepage where you can search and read bills, contact legislators, subscribe to e-mail notifications, etc. http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature  Go poke around and see all that is available to you, thanks to the government. 


February 28, 2007 - Posted by | Politics

1 Comment »

  1. That was a good post. From personal experience, I have to agree with you entirely. Even the people at the highest levels are just ordinary human beings, sometimes they have a little more knowledge than we do in certain areas, but usually they are no different from the rest of us.

    Comment by Jahothanan | February 28, 2007 | Reply

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