If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do - Ghandi
The City of Appleton has 15 Council members that help decide Appleton City Code. Outagamie County Board of Supervisors, which decides the County Ordinances, is made up of 36 individuals. Wisconsin’s state government includes the Assembly, made of 99 individuals, and the Senate, which is made up 33 Senators. In Congress, which includes 100 Senators and 435 Representatives, we have 2 Wisconsin Senators and 8 Wisconsin Representatives. In the event I hear about a law, or want to make a change, there are 193 different individuals I may contact. It’s no wonder that we get overwhelmed. And in the current, highly-polarized political environment, it is easy to get discouraged that your voice won’t make a difference.
But did you know 94% of staff for members of Congress say that the most influential information is that from their constituents? (Read: YOU). Telling your representatives about certain proposed laws will impact others; why you support or oppose a bill; or a personal story about the proposed law is highly informative and useful to your representatives.
So to make this a little easier in our busy lives, we’ll be breaking down proposed bills on a state or federal level in future posts. Then if that issue resonates with you – either positively or negatively – we encourage you to tell your representatives. SHRM A-Team makes contacting your representatives easy – join today and download the app!