Ten Guideposts For MAKING OR CHANGING LAWS

  1. WHO!

    Who wants change?
    What are they willing to do to make change happen?
    What level of time and resource commitment can they offer?

  2. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

    How did the problem first come up?
    Has research been done to understand the problem in its entirety?
    Do the WHOs understand the problem completely?
    Do they still want change?

  3. THE VEHICLE THAT WILL DRIVE THE CHANGE

    Which core worker or workers will make the change?
    What structure will he/she/they function out of?
    Single individual
    Informal discussion group, formal Steering Committee
    Corporation, Political Fund, Non-profit Corporation
    What communication system is used to fuel onward movement?
    Bi weekly or weekly conference calls
    Physical meetings
    Public meetings with public speakers
    Who makes decisions?
    One individual
    Majority
    Consensus

  4. TASKS FOR THE CHANGE VEHICLE!

    Rhythm/routine way of functioning and communicating and educating each other
    Research to understand legal problem and problem in its entirety
    Drafter of potential solutions
    Identified Leadership or decision-makers or group coordinator
    Database management for tracking supporters
    Media Liason and writer
    Legislative Districting to target districts
    Administrative support for conference calling, conferences, meetings
    Fundraising and Accounting
    Historical Record Keeper and minute taker
    Lobbyist
    Legal consultant to discuss changes
    Volunteer consumer lobbyists, guidance and support
    Community outreach networker and coalition builder with other organizations
    Publications, Newsletter, Press Release person

  5. FINDING A SOLUTION

    Research the problem and craft potential options
    Educate leadership inner group about potential options
    Take favorite option and herald it.
    Keep other options private for future use and amendment discussions

  6. THE FUEL/RESOURCES THAT SUPPORT THE WORKERS

    Identify free resources, people and supplies available.
    Volunteers, small businesses, community organizations, special skills.
    Determine whether money is needed and for what.
    How much money?
    Where to donate?
    Determine how money will be raised.
    Who will lead fundraisor and account for funds?

  7. LEGISLATIVE ENTRY

    How will the legislature be approached?
    Individual lobbyist?
    Small executive group?
    Whole steering committee?

  8. LEGISLATIVE CHAMPION

    Which legislators will sponsor, author, or move your idea?
    Will they defer to you for being in charge of language?
    Will they be able to stand up against severe competition?
    How can you support them and have a close relationship with them?

  9. LEGISLATIVE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

    What system will you have in place to know exactly what is happening at capitol?
    Who will be at the capitol for you every day?
    Who will decide on amendments?
    Who will go to hearings?
    Who will lobby the legislators?
    How will the lobbyist keep in touch with core group?
    How will consumers be notified when their voices are needed?
    Who will draft samples for consumers to review to target the issues?
    What system will be in place to keep the bill moving?

  10. CELEBRATION

    How will victories be communicated to everyone?
    Who will celebrate when a bill passes?

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