UAC launched a new process in developing and tracking policy this past Wednesday, June 6th. Moving away from affiliate groups and creating policy subject areas. Most legislation requires a cross-pollination of different affiliates, so UAC staff thought this would be a good way to obtain more involvement from multiple groups and to help avoid a myopic view that can lead to certain groups being left out of the policy-making dialog and process.
Last year roughly 1,300 bills were filed so we are hoping to get some broad direction from these policy committees so that we can get bill files open early and start working on draft language to present to prospective bill sponsors.
This will not replace the typical Thursday meetings that we hold at the state capitol during the legislative session.
- Revenue and Taxation
- Infrastructure and Transportation
- Corrections, Criminal and Civil Justice and Behavioral Health
- Public Lands and Public Resources
- General Government and Economic Development
Moving forward we will break out each of these 5 subject matter areas with specific agendas. You are welcome to participate in any meeting on any agenda. If you are interested in attending, please make sure we have your contact information and we are aware of your interest to participate.
We welcome ideas on how to develop these policy committees and how to best move forward. If there are issues that you think are worthwhile, please let us know about them so UAC can help support you and your issue throughout the legislative process.
Due to the month of July being full of holidays and vacations, we are planning to meet again in early August. We will be sending out possible dates and agendas to the committees. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact any one of us.
Please note June 20, 2018 is when the next legislative interim committee meetings will be held.