PLANET's Grassroots Action Network
Major change starts at the grass roots, so get involved!
In any given legislative year, 9,000–10,000 bills are introduced in the U.S. Congress and another 10,000 at the state level. Although only a very small percentage actually becomes law, these laws govern every aspect of our lives, from communication to recreation, transportation,the environment, and much more. Laws governing issues such as pesticides, fertilizers, immigration/H-2B, small businesses, safety in the work place, clean water and air emissions, and gasoline taxes are among the hundreds of decisions that our legislators make on our behalf everyday.
What's the No. 1 priority of legislators?
Knowing and being responsive to the needs and concerns of voters is, in fact, the top priority of legislators; it is what got them elected and will help get them re-elected. They often rely heavily on the expressed views of their constituents-that's you-and information provided by experts when making policy decisions. Through constituent letters, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings, legislators learn what's important to the "people back home." As the legendary Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill often said, "all politics is local."And, what's happening in your local area or across the state, is what really counts on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and in your state capitol.
How do legislators know when to vote "for" or "against" an issue?
In many cases, they reach out to constituents who have expertise or knowledge in particular area. They and their staff count on your letters and phone calls, your direct involvement, to determine if they are "on the right track." Time and again we've seen that when large numbers of constituents speak, through organized grassroots activities like PLANET'sGrassroots Action Network, with "one voice" on an issue, they have greater influence and impacton their legislators.
What can you do to help?
First, it's important to know what are the pressing local issues and how they might impact your business, your employees, or your community. Signing up for PLANET's Grassroots Action Network, not only will keep you in the loop, but also gives you the tools to "voice" your opinion about those issues.
Sign up now and when the time comes, you'll see how easy it is to let your legislators know what you want them to do.