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Legislation

LEG.IS.LA.TIVE=(adj) having to do with making laws.  LEG.IS.LA.TION=(noun) the making of laws.  LAW=(noun) all the rules that tell people what they must or must not do, made by the government of a city, state, nation, etc.  AD.VO.CATE=(verb) to speak or write in support of; be in favor of.

 

The purpose of the Legislative program is to encourage, assist, and provide information to the American Legion Auxiliary members to advocate at the local, state, and national levels for the American Legion's legislative priorities. The most effective way to support the American Legion's legislative agenda is communication by individuals in posts, units and squadrons expressing their views on specific bills.  Emails, phone calls, legislative alerts, fax messages, and personal letters from constituents have a powerful influence on members of Congress. They want to hear from YOU! Can one person make a difference? Absolutely! Because most Americans are reluctant to write to members of Congress, the average representative and senator treats each letter received as the opinion of 150-200 people. Thus, your one personal letter carries significant weight.

 

How to get “FIRED UP” for the Legislative Program

 

            *Subscribe to the Legion's Legislative Action Alerts to receive notification when they call on all Legion Family members to take immediate action on a topic.  www.capwiz.com/legion/mlm/signup to subscribe.

            *Subscribe to the Legion's Legislative Update to stay informed on veteran's issues.

            *Order a copy of the ALA Legislative Advocacy Guide or download from www.ALAforVeterans.org.

            *Visit the Legion's legislative website, www.legion.org/legislative to keep current of legislative priorities.

            *Attend local informational town hall meetings.

            *Attend department and/or legislative meetings and activities.

            *Meet with state and national-level public officials to discuss issues facing veterans, service members and their families.

            *Invite a staff member of your U.S. Representative and /or senator to a unit meeting so he/she can explain the best way to contact the official.

            *Choose a different legislative priority each month and allow time at each unit meeting for members to draft letters and communicate the importance of legislation related to veterans and their families.

            *Work with your Legion Family to host a “Meet the Candidate” night. Make veterans/military issues the primary topic for discussion.

            *Send eligible girls to Iowa's Girl State.

            *Attend Legislative Day mid-January 2017 in Des Moines.

            *Encourage members to attend the annual Washington DC Conference.

 

RE.PORT=(verb) to tell about, give an account of...(noun) a telling or account of something often one in written or printed form.

 

A mid-year “Slow Burn” report of all your legislative activities for 2016 needs to be sent to me by Dec. 31st.  Include how you informed your members about the legislative issues promoted by the American Legion and how your members employed this information. List your legislative activities such as town hall meetings or receptions and how many members attended. Did members suggest any ways to improve these activities? Did members develop relationships with their elected officials? How did your members connect with their local and state officials and what were their successes? It's a busy political year so you should have lots to “fuel the fire”!

 

Narratives/Awards

 

The “BLAZE” Unit Legislative Award

            All entries must include the award cover sheet.

            Deadline for entries is April 30, 2017

            Award given for the most outstanding overall legislative program

            Entry must be typewritten in narrative form and must tell the story of legislative activism and how it made a difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

            Pictures and newspaper articles maybe included.

            Send to Donna Flewelling, Dept. Legislative Chairman, by mail or email.

 

The “FLAMING HEART” unit member award.

            An award for an outstanding unit member who has gone above and beyond to promote

            and participate in legislative activities.

            Entry must be typewritten and may include pictures and newspaper articles.

            Deadline is April 30, 2017, and send me.

 

The “SPARK” Junior member award.

            An award for an outstanding junior member who has helped at legislative events or

            reported on her experience at Girl's State and include her thoughts about the

            legislative process.

            Entry must be typewritten and may include pictures and newspaper articles.

            Deadline is April 30, 2017, and send to me.

 

 

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