Here’s why: Each opportunity to “sign in” registers your support for a given bill with one committee. Every bill that ultimately becomes law will be heard and approved by at least one committee, and many bills are heard by two, three or even four committees! Each of those committee hearings is an opportunity to tell the members of that committee that you support the bill. You can learn more about committees on the Legislature’s website.
We also ask you to contact your legislators in support of priority bills. These are the three lawmakers who represent your local district – one senator and two representatives. When it’s time to vote for a bill “on the floor” of the House or Senate, we’ll ask you to contact your legislators to urge them to vote YES on bills that will help us realize our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together.
There are other ways to show your support that don’t involve the Legislature’s website: signing a letter in support of shrub-steppe fire resilience and endorsing the HEAL Act are two 2021 examples (and these sorts of actions you only need to do once!).
We repeat ourselves because it’s really true: your voice matters. Legislators need to hear from Washingtonians in order to know what’s important to them – so thank you for speaking up for nature and people!