During the 2022-2024 Administration, the Legislation/Public Policy Committee will be guided by “Together We Advocate for Those in Need.”
The goals of this Committee during this Administration include:
• Increasing participation in the Legislative Action Center.
• Educating members about GFWC’s legislative priorities.
• Promoting Legislative Advocacy as the natural extension of members’ volunteer work for each of the CSPs and Special Programs.
• Mobilizing our members to raise a united voice to advocate for GFWC and its legislative priorities.
• Building relationships with the local, regional, and national decision makers.
• Establishing the GFWC name as a brand that lawmakers and the community recognizes.
During the 2022-2024 Administration, GFWC members, clubs, and states are challenged to complete a Legislation/ Public Policy Scavenger Hunt. The items on the Scavenger Hunt List are provided here, and in the Legislative/ Public Policy Toolkit in the GFWC Member Portal Digital Library. Members, clubs, and states completing all items, and members, clubs, and states scoring the highest points, will be recognized at the 2024 GFWC Convention.
Examples of public policy are minimum wage laws, public assistance programs, safety in schools and domestic violence. The definition of public policy is the laws, priorities and governmental actions that reflect the attitudes and rules for the public.
A Resolution is a statement broken into sections for clarity. It should always have a title, usually the name of the bill if it pertains to a piece of legislation or the subject, if it is does not. The title is followed by a maximum of three “WHEREAS” statements, which contain the reasons why the legislation or subject is needed. The text of the bill will usually have a statement at the end providing the information needed. The “RESOLVED” statements provide the action desired. Adopted resolutions show an agreement by the membership on a viewpoint of an issue. Resolutions can be used as tools for advocating important issues at the local, state, and national levels.
Legislative advocacy refers to efforts to influence the introduction, enactment, or modification of legislation. The most common means of legislative advocacy involves contacting a legislator, sharing your views on an issue, and asking him or her to vote a specific way on a bill. Get involved! Click here to learn more about what GFWC does in the area of Legislation and Public Policy! One of the most important aspects of our system of government is that it is representative—those who make our laws represent us, so we can and should remind leaders of their responsibilities and offer constructive ideas. If we do, we can bring about public policy changes.