Why Passing Legislation Is So Hard
Knowing the roadblocks can help find solutions
Passing legislation is hard.
You’ve probably read this newsletter and realize that.
But why is it so hard?
Well, in general, under the US system you need to get a lot of people to agree.
Not only do you have to get a lot of people to agree in many states you have to get a majority in two different chambers of the legislature to agree plus the Governor. The US federal level also generally requires two chambers of the legislature plus the President.
So it’s like threading a needle to get all of the voices to align.
But what changes the math?
What makes things add up differently?
If we look at that we find that things add up differently when there is a strong public voice on the issue, particularly with the media involved.
Quite simply politicians might want to help you when you meet with them but they get really motivated when people are watching.
What does this mean for you? How do advocates up their success rate?
Knowing the process is hard gets you ready for the fight. It tells you to prepare and plan for a long road.
And knowing that you need a lot more than a great suggested piece of legislation allows you to make a good plan.
So don’t get discouraged things are hard to do. Use it as a chance to plan to win.
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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