Laws Are Hard To Change - Like Really Hard
Embracing Reality Can Lead To Progress
Do you realize how hard it is to change a law?
If you’ve been an advocate for a while you probably know.
It’s almost like a complicated machine where anything can go wrong.
To get from an idea, to a politician with some power, to a committee, to a vote, to a passed bill, to a Governor’s signature is a gauntlet that most proposed laws will never survive.
This is good for society - in a way - because it keeps laws from changing too fast.
But it sucks for advocates.
It can feel impossible to get your law passed or changed.
But knowing how hard the process is can motivate the work needed.
It can also be a reason to dig deeper and ask harder questions.
We’ve talked about “happy ears” before and how many just want to hear nice things.
This can be an easy way out for a politician - tell you what you want to hear then do nothing.
But being realistic and knowing how hard it will be to get your law or change passed can help you probe more. It can help you ask tough questions.
It can help you find the path to victory.
So be realistic.
And find a realistic path to get what you want!
NOTE: While legal issues are discussed this is education and is not legal advice. It is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Please consult your own attorney on your situation and to get legal advice about your circumstances. Courts are unpredictable may disagree with the author’s opinions.
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