We Can't All Be Washingtons, But We Can All Be Patriots!
Time: March 14, 2012 all day
Location: Online at CoLA Website
Website or Map: http://cola.virginiateapartyp…
Event Type: action
Organized By: Carol Stopps of RTP and Ben Beirly of John Adams Patriots
Latest Activity: Mar 14, 2012
Go to this link:
to sign up and receive action alerts so that legislators can know what legislation the tea party supports or does not support!
CoLA Action Alerts
GENERAL ASSEMBLY FACT: “Bills Live or Die in Committee”
Definition of an action alert: A request from the VTPP Federation’s Cooperative legislative Action (CoLA) Committee for you to call or email your Delegate or Senator to gain his support for, or opposition to a bill being heard in a committee he/she serves on.
Who will get an Action Alert?
Alerts for calls and emails are targeted to the voters of a Delegate or Senator who could swing a vote our way in committee.
(Legislators votes are not affected by anyone other than their own voters)
There will rarely, if ever, be a request to call all Legislators, however, this could happen if there is a desire to raise the level of chatter across the entire General Assembly over a specific piece of Legislation.
There may be Alerts calling for anyone who can be present at a committee meeting to be there to show support.
These action alerts will require an immediate call or email from you. Things happen very fast in the General Assembly.
There can be an extremely short window between the time a bill is placed on a committee docket and the vote which will decide its fate. In other words; “Will it Live or Die in Committee”?
Why bother making a call or sending an email?
30 phone calls/emails from a legislator’s own voters can swing a vote to kill a bill that violates Tea Party Principles or help to get the bills we support passed out of a committee or subcommittee. For the Federation this is very doable if Patriots take timely action.
What to do when you get an alert: (You are getting the alert because Your Legislator’s vote needs to be influenced)
1) Immediately call or email your Delegate or Senator. A sub committee could be meeting as early as 6am the next day.
2) Give your name and where you live. (IMPORTANT: You are confirming that you are one of their voters. )
3) Tell them which Tea Party you are with Or Use the VA Tea Party Patriots name.
4) Give the full bill number (ie: HJ203) and say if you are asking him/her to support or oppose the bill.
This is ALL they want to know.
If you feel you MUST say more, keep it very brief. One or two lines max.
They are voting on 3,000 bills….. Don’t be a gnat!
Old adage : “It’s not what you know, but who you know that matters”
In the world of the General Assembly and who has influence: “It’s not who you know, but who knows You”
Do your legislators know who you are?
Your participation is strongly encouraged. Thank you!
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