LSHA Legislative Plan
To refine and expand the LSHA systems and resources used in order to, strengthen the future potential efficiency and effectiveness of LSHA legislative advocacy.
Goals of Legislative Action:
-Improve the visibility of our profession with legislators, the governor and their staffs and to advocate for the rights of persons with communication disorders.
-Promote the mission of LSHA including the individual and collective interests of the members of the association.
-Ensure advocacy for the communicatively impaired and professionals serving them across all sectors of service delivery.
Strategies and Activities:
Strategy # 1: Contract with and consult with lobbyist
LSHA has received a $5000 personnel grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in July 2015. This grant will help fund the association’s legislative needs of hiring a lobbyist for the Fall, 2015. This grant is funded under ASHA’s Strategic Pathway to Excellence.
Strategy # 2: Ensure legislative focus for all professional sectors (Schools, University, Healthcare, Audiology)
-Consult with representatives from each professional sector to obtain input on legislative concerns and active participation in advocacy
-Invite at least one representative from each sector to serve on the legislative committee or as bill readers
-Develop a list of potential legislative issues across sectors
-Develop plan to encourage participation from all sectors in the Day at the Capital
Strategy #3: Provide for review of proposed legislation or governmental regulation and initiate advocacy as needed
-Review current legislative committee members and bill readers and legislative buddies
-Invite additional committee members and bill readers: Recommendation for sector consults, List of volunteers from LSHA survey, General invitation through schools and LSHA e-mail list
-Inform PAC leadership of need to strengthen network of Legislative Buddies
-Aggressively attempt to recruit legislative buddies for all legislators statewide via repeated email blasts and contacts with PAC board and members
-Update, maintain & share w/ lobbyist Legislative Buddy roster to include contact info and relationship of contact w/ legislator
-Identify individuals willing to provide testimony or attend hearings
-From list of issues identified by Dirs, develop strategies to address all issues over time & prioritize issues for primary focus of lobbyist and Leg Buddies in 2011
-Develop system to ensure that lobbyist is kept up to date on ALL legislative contacts and advocacy activities
-Review Bills and Governmental Regulations
-Promote reciprocal communication which ensures maximum input from lobbyist on strategy/execution & LSHA/SPALS members on clinical expertise to ensure partnership in development/implementation of positions on bills, legislative plan revisions, and action on bills/regulations
-Notify Legislative Buddies & membership through e-mail lists of action needed
Strategy # 4: Annual Day at the Capitol
-Survey interested members for potential dates
-Provide date preferences to lobbyist
-Schedule date with legislative staff
-Notify LSHA membership and SPALS leadership of date (mark your calendar); additionally ask Directors to email to email networks which may include non-members; notices to newsletter & website
-Coordinate/plan for materials and equipment needed (educational materials, gifts, audiology testing booth)
-Coordinate with SPALS leadership
-Provide series of e-mail blasts to encourage members & students to participate
-Develop strategy for increasing mainstream awareness about COMD via local interest stories about COMD prevention, identification, &/or treatment & photographs/ articles on Day at the Capitol using local newspapers & TV coverage