We all know Congress takes time off. They’re roughly in session for 36 weeks a year. But, for most states, the period of lawmaking is far more condensed and usually far more intense.
That means if you’re restricting your influence to when the states are in session, you’re severely limiting your advocacy.
During the 2015-16 biennial session, the states were 17 times more productive than Congress.
And we didn’t just pluck that number out of thin air for dramatic effect.
The states approved nearly 29,122 of the approximately 171,608 bills introduced. Compare that to Congress who introduced 10,916 bills and resolutions – and passed only 199 of them.
That’s a lot of bills distilled into what for some states can be just a two-month (or less) session. So, logic would follow that by the time state lawmakers get themselves to the state capitol, and become acquainted with the issues, it’s already too late to impact their legislation.
If you want to get ahead of what their doing, you need to start conditioning them long before they get to the statehouses for actual sessions.
That’s why now is prime advocacy season for state legislation.
Here’s How To Go About It