The bill is currently referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for their review.
We need to write, call, email, visit, or otherwise contact each and every committee member (listed below). If the bill doesn't make it through the Committee, it won't even be sent for a House of Representatives vote. Let's kill this bill in the committee.
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Wayne Schmidt (R) Committee Chair, 104th District
Ben Glardon (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 85th District
Kevin Daley (R) 82nd District
Kurt Heise (R) 20th District
Bradford Jacobsen (R) 46th District
Margaret O'Brien (R) 61st District
Peter Pettalia (R) 106th District
Dan Lauwers (R) 81st District
Michael McCready (R) 40th District
Marilyn Lane (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 31st District
Scott Dianda (D) 110th District
David Rutledge (D) 54th District
Gretchen Driskell (D) 52nd District
Tom Cochran (D) 67th District
Charles Smiley (D) 50th District
Mary Lou Terrien, Committee Clerk
Some letter writing tips I lifted from the State's website:
As You Write
After you have determined which official to contact, here are some other considerations to think about:
1. Time the arrival of your letter or e-mail. If the issue you wish to write about is a bill, make sure your comments arrive before the bill comes up for a vote. Ideally, you should communicate your concerns while the bill is in committee so that your legislator knows your view early in the legislative process.
2. Stay focused on the subject. Many issues are complex and related to a host of other matters. Your views will be clearer if you keep your letter centered on the issue.
3. Write as much as possible in few words. Though some issues may be detailed and complex, try to keep your letter to no more than one page.
4. Identify the issue. There are literally thousands of bills introduced each session and sometimes there are different bills on the same subject. Identify your issue as specifically as you can. List the bill number if you have it. If you write about a proposed bill on transportation, but don't know the bill number, perhaps you might refer to it by the bill's sponsor, "State Representative Smith's" bill or the bill's nickname, "the highway logo signs" bill.
5. Make your note personal. Signing a petition, sending a form letter, or forwarding materials may have some impact, but nothing beats the "personal touch." Writing in your own unique words emphasizes that you care enough about the issue to take the extra time to convey your individual thoughts. Personal letters sometimes give new views or aspects to a position on a bill that a legislator may not have heard before.
6. Keep your tone positive. Everyone is more open to suggestions when approached in an upbeat and optimistic manner. Lawmakers are no exception. Sometimes, in the heat of passion, we may write angry letters. These types of communications have few useful results, and may even damage a cause. Keep in mind that your State Representative has to take into account the well-being of tens of thousands of people in his or her district. Each of those people has an individual viewpoint. This means that at times tough choices have to be made. Just because you and your legislator disagree on one subject does not mean that you will not agree on many more further down the road. Try to keep the dialogue open between you and your legislator.
7. Present your position and give sound reasons. A note that states "Vote for House Bill 4001; it's a good bill" does make a statement. However, if you back up your position with reasons, it makes an even better point. "Please vote for House Bill 4001. I'm a senior citizen on a fixed income, and the bill will help me in the following ways." It helps to mention how the issue affects you, your family, your business or profession - or the effect on your community or the state as a whole. This will make a legislator more aware of the bill's potential effect.
There is currently no update as to when the committee will be actually discussing the bill. We need to keep a close eye on this. Committee meetings are open to the public...