citizen's legislative guide 2011

Download Citizen's Legislative Guide 2011

Post on 29-Mar-2016

213 views

Category:

Documents

1 download

Embed Size (px)

DESCRIPTION

This is KFTC's annual publication of our Citizen's Legislative Guide. Inside you will find descriptions of KFTC's key legislative priorities, lobbying tips, contact information for our state legislators and more.

TRANSCRIPT

  • PublishedbyKentuckiansForThecommonwealthJanuary24,2011

    KFTC Citizens Legislative Guide

    Information for effective citizen participation in the 2011 General Assembly

    Immigrants Rights DayTuesday, February 8

    Building New Power in Kentucky

    Add Your Voice!

    I Love Mountains DayMonday, February 14

    Clean Energy Lobby DayThursday, February 10

    Move Kentucky Forward Day

    Tuesday, February 22

    Voting Rights Lobby Day

    Thursday, February 24

    JoinUs In

    Frankfort

    NON-PROFITU.S. POSTAGE PAID

    LEXINGTON, KY.PERM

    IT NO. 513

    Change Service RequestedK

    entuckians For The C

    omm

    onwealth

    P.O. Box 1450

    London, Ky. 40743

  • January 24, 2011Kentuckians For The Commonwealth 2011 Citizens Legislative Guide2

    KFTCs Legislative GuideTable of Contents

    WhattoexpectwhenyoulobbywithKFTC 3LegislativeCalendar 3KFTC2011LegislativePrioritiesVotingRights 4KFTC2011LegislativePrioritiesTaxReform 5KFTC2011LegislativePrioritiesMountaintopRemoval 6KFTC2011LegislativePrioritiesCleanEnergy 7KFTC2011LegislativePrioritiesImmigration&otherbills 8Tipsforusingthetoll-freelegislativemessageline 8ImportantHousePhoneNumbers 9ListingofallHousemembers 9-14Housecommittees 15ListingofallSenatemembers 16-18HouseandSenatecommitteeschedules 19GetInvolved,StayInformed 19Senatecommittees 20Membersuggestionsforeffectivelobbying 20ListingofSenateandHousemembersbycounty 21-22Locating,callingalegislatorinFrankfort 23Howabillbecomeslaw 24

    Dearfriends,TheKentuckyGeneralAssemblyisinsession,andonceagainwehavetheopportunitytoinfluencethedirectionofourstatebylobbyinginFrankfort.

    BeforeIstartedlobbyingwithKFTC,Iknewalmostnothingaboutthewaybillsarebornandwaysinwhichtheymove(ordont)throughtheHouseandSenate.Lobbyingwasagoodwaytolearn.

    OnethingIlearnedisthattheresaneedtoeducatelegislatorsonissuesthatareimportanttous.Inanysession,legislatorshavestacksofpaperworkrelatedtovariousbills.In2010,forexample,therewereover600Housebills.Eventhemostconscientiouslegislatorwonthavetimetoreadeverythingandthinkaboutwhatsinvolved.Thatsonewaywereneeded.Intalkingwithlegislatorswecanbringattentiontothebillswethinkareimportant,bothbadstufftostopandbillsweresupporting.

    WedontlookliketheotherlobbyistsinFrankfort.ManylegislatorsappreciatethefactthatKFTCmem-bersareordinarypeopleworkingforthewellbeingofallKentuckiansnotpaidlobbyistswhorepresentvestedfinancialinterests.Wefindthatmanylegisla-torsareopentohearingourconcerns.

    Andattimesweveplayedamajorroleinshapingoutcomes.Myfirstexperiencecamein2004inrelationtoanetmeteringbillforutilitycustomerswhogen-

    Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

    is a statewide grassroots social justice orga ni-zation working for a new balance of power and a just society. KFTC uses direct-action organizing to accomplish the following goals:

    foster democratic values change unjust institutions empower individuals overcome racism and other discrimination communicate a message of what is possible build the organization help people participate win issues that affect the common welfare have fun

    KFTC membership dues are $15 to $50 per year, based on ability to pay. No one is denied membership because of inability to pay. Membership is open to anyone who is committed to equality, democracy and nonviolent change.

    KFTC Steering Committee

    Steve Boyce, ChairpersonSue Tallichet, Vice-Chairperson

    Dana Beasley Brown, Secretary-TreasurerK.A. Owens, Immediate Past ChairRick Handshoe, At-Large Member

    Chapter RepresentativesRoseanne Fitts Klarer, Scott County

    Erika Skaggs, Central KentuckyTed Withrow, Rowan County

    Scott Goebel, Northern KentuckyMary Love, Jefferson County

    Meredith Wadlington, Bowling Green & FriendsCarl Shoupe, Harlan CountyTruman Hurt, Perry County

    Megan Naseman, Madison CountyPatty Amburgey, Letcher County

    Beverly May, Floyd CountyCari Moore, Knott CountyVanessa Hall, Pike County

    Alternates: Matt Doolin, Matt Heil, Lisa Bryant, Antonio Mazzaro, Martha Flack, Sandi Joiner, Stanley Sturgill, McKinley Sumner, Steve Wilkins, Jeff Chapman-Crane, Bobby Hicks and Erica Urias.

    Kentuckians For The CommonwealthP.O. Box 1450 London, Kentucky 40743-1450

    606-878-2161 Fax: 606-878-5714

    info@kftc.org www.kftc.org

    The Citizens Legislative Guide is published by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and mailed third class from Lexington, Ky. Send your feedback to 250 Southland Drive Suite #4, Lexington, KY. 40503 or tim@kftc.org.

    eratesomeoftheirelectricityfromrenewablesources.Were-cruitedbipartisansponsorsandnegotiatedwithcabinetofficials.Wehadourfacts,andwewerepersistent.Whenthelegislationpassedeventhoughitwasamodestfirststepitopenedthedoorfornet-meteringinKentucky.Weveseenthesamepatternwithourtaxreformwork.Lotsandlotsandlotsofconversations,backedbysoundresearch,ledtoachangeinthetaxstructurein2005thatremoved500,000low-incomeKentuckiansfromtheincometaxrolls.AndnowwerehopefulthatourKentuckyForwardBill,refinedandstrengthenedovertheyears,willsoonplayamajorroleincompre-hensivetaxreforminourstate.Wehavetobepatient.Craftingabill,findingsponsorsandmovingapieceoflegislationthroughtheGeneralAssemblyisacomplexprocess.Politics,moneyandpowerplayhugeroles.ButhelpinglegislatorsdevelopanunderstandingoftheissuesandwhatordinaryKentuckiansthinkcanmakeadifference.Weveseenithappen.SeeyouinFrankfort!SteveBoyceKFTCChairperson

    eratesomeoftheirelectricityfrom

    modestfirststepitopenedthedoorfornet-meteringinKentucky.

    Grassroots lobbying educates legislators for immediate and long-term change

    You cant go it alone. You have to have a

    group of people fi ghting and lobbying on behalf

    of the issues that are dear to your heart.

    Mickey McCoy Martin County

  • January 24, 2011Kentuckians For The Commonwealth 2011 Citizens Legislative Guide

    Why KFTC publishes this Citizens Legislative Guide

    Twenty-nine years ago KFTC members got involved in their first legislative session. Our issues were noticed, our presence was felt, members were empowered, legislators became more accountable and the groundwork was laid for a string of significant legislative victories over the years. The importance of grassroots involvement in the legislative process whether lobbying in Frankfort or working from home cannot be understated. We provide the information in this publication to help enable and improve that involvement and ultimately make Kentucky a better place to live, raise families and do business.

    What to expect when you lobby with KFTC in Frankfort IfyoulobbywithKFTCinFrank-fort,hereiswhatyoucanexpect. On most lobbying days, a staffmemberwillbeavailabletomeetwithyouwhenyouarriveinFrankfort(besuretoletKFTCknowaheadoftimethatyouarecoming). Tuesdays,WednesdaysandThurs-day are generally the best lobbyingdayssincelegislatorscomeinlateonMondaysandleaveearlyonFridays. Beforeseeinglegislators,youwillbeupdatedonthestatusofKFTCbillsandwhichlegislatorsneedtobecon-tacted. KFTCwillconductthisbriefingat9a.m.(flexible),aftercitizenlobbyistsmeetintheannexcafeteria. TheKFTCstaffpersonwillalsoletyouknowifthereareanyimportantcommitteemeetingsthatday,oranyimportant votes scheduled on theHouseorSenatefloor. KFTCtriestopairupexperiencedcitizenlobbyistswiththosewithlessornoexperience.Otherthanmeetingwithonesownlegislators(youmaywanttocallaheadtomakeanappoint-mentwiththem),KFTCdoesnotexpectanyonetolobbybythemselvesunlesstheyfeelcomfortabledoingso.Groupsareusuallymorefunandeffective. Talkingwithlegislatorsisgenerally

    apleasantexperience.Mostlegislatorsarehappytoheartheopinionsofthepublic,especiallytheirownconstitu-ents. Legislators do have busy daysorsomejustdontwanttohearfromcitizens.Thatcanbedisheartening. Youarenotexpectedtoknowallthedetailsofthebillsyouasklegislatorstosupport(oroppose).Whatisimportantisthatyoutellthelawmakerwhyyousupportthebill,andhowitwillaffectyou personally or your community.KFTCcanprovideafactsheetforthedetails. If you are asked a question thatyoudontknowtheanswerto,letthatlegislatorthatsomeonefromKFTCwillgetbacktothemwithananswer.DontforgettotellaKFTCstaffpersonthatthisneedstobedone! Many KFTC members find thattheyknowasmuchormoreabouttheissueasthelegislatordoes.Dontbesurprisedby this legislatorshaveseveralhundredbillstostudyandcantbewell-informedaboutallofthem.Theinformationyouprovidemaybemorethantheyreceivefromanyoneelse. After meeting with legislators,reportbacktotheKFTClobbyingco-ordinatorabouttheconversationandany commitments or questions theyhad.Thisinformationhelpsusprepare

    citizensforthenextlobbyday. Yourlobbyingexperiencewillin-cludemorethanface-to-facemeetingswithlegislators.Attendingcommitteemeetings or sessions of the Houseor Senate canbe interestingand in-formative.AndmeetingotherKFTCmembersfromaroundthestatewillmakethedayenjoyableandremindyouthatyouarepartofalargerfamilyofconcernedcitizens. Another important thing: whenyou lobbywithKFTC, expect to beaskedtolobbyforotherbillsthatmaynotbeyourtoppriority,butareatopprioritytoKFTCmembersfromother

    counties.Youcandothisknowingthatother KFTC members are lobbyingtheirownlegislatorsonthebillsthatyouaremostinterestedin. DontforgetthatcitizenlobbyingdoesnothavetotakeplaceinthehallsoftheCapitol.Meetingwithyourlegis-latorinhisorherhomedistrictcanbeveryeffective.Thatoftengivesyouachancetogetmorepeopletoattendthemeeting.MostlegislatorsarehomeonweekendswhiletheGeneralAssemblyisinsessionandexpecttomeetwithconstituents. Goodluck.Andenjoythefeelingofknowingyouremakingadifference.

    Going to Frankfort during the legislative session is one of the

    most important things that a citizen can do. It gives you the

    opportunity to share your desires in your own words, face to face, with your representatives. Your representatives are waiting to

    hear from you.