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June 2016 , Page 58 

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Grassroots Advocacy: The Legislative Session Is Over - Now What?

By Monica Reid

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Most state legislatures have adjourned their 2016 legislative sessions. Now that the dust has settled and the outcomes of the legislative battles have manifested — good, bad, or indifferent — now what? What are the next steps? What’s the best course of action moving forward?

State representatives have likely returned to their hometown districts; take advantage of the opportunity to further engage them during this time. Depending on whether legislation was favorable or adverse to criminal justice reforms issues, further education and outreach may be needed to successfully advance these proposals in the next legislative session.

Here are several strategies one can utilize to bolster legislative priorities leading up to next year’s state legislative session:

Attend Session ‘Wrap-up’ Events

Many elected officials will host “wrap-up” events to review the outcomes of the legislative session. This is a good opportunity to establish a presence and vocalize valuable opini

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