Friday, December 29, 2006

Free Citizen Lobbyist Training

Free Citizen Lobbyist Training

January 4, Bountiful Library, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To reserve your place, send an e-mail

Directions to the Bountiful Library: Address: 725 South Main: Take the 500 South exit from I-15, go East on 500 South to Main Street, Turn right on Main Street. The library will be to your left after you pass the El Matador Restaurant.

Why Become a Citizen Lobbyist?

Recently, in spite of virtually unanimous opposition during a public hearing, Davis County increased property taxes by 37%.

In retrospect, it is obvious that the decision to approve the tax increase had been made well prior to the public hearing.

This is not an isolated incident. In fact it is the general rule with only very limited exceptions.

Therefore, if citizens wish to have an impact on policy decisions at either the state or local levels, they have to work with public officials during the policy formulation and decision-making process.

Special interests, bureaucrats and citizen activist groups that carry the most clout with policy makers understand this and they make sure they are actively engaged in lobbying for policies that they want and support throughout the year.

If we want our voices to be heard, the rest of us have to become engaged in the policy process. We can do this by becoming, for lack of a better term, Citizen Lobbyists.

In order to give citizens the skills they need to influence public policy, will hold a free training session for Citizen Lobbyists on January 4 at the Bountiful City Library from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Upon completion of this training session, participants will know: 1) what it means to be a Citizen Lobbyist, 2) how to get involved (based on time available and personal skills), 3) where and when to be involved, and 4) how to professionally influence public policy.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at