By February 10, all committees must make decision on the bills in their committees. So we have nearly two months to continue to ask these legislators to move the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill favorably out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development:
- Our state reps to ask in writing Rep. Paul Brodeur
- Our state senators to ask in writing Senator Jason Lewis to do the same.
The last thing we want is for the committee to not move the bill forward because business owners’ voices were louder. Then we have until the summer to move this bill through the Senate and House. (We’ll need your help then, too. More about that later.)
Here’s our game plan:
- At all those holiday parties, holiday events, and New Year’s Eve parties, take advantage of the time to spread the word about the bill and specifically ask people to ask their state legislators to write to Rep. Brodeur or Senator Lewis to move the bill forward.
- Forward this message to family, friends, and colleagues, and share this post on Facebook and Twitter.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your legislators’ response (even no response). Soon we’ll publicize who’s NOT supported this bill as a way to sway voter opinion and to urge legislators to take action (remember: legislators want to win their next election and want your vote. Post on social media your legislator support or lack of it based on the actions of your legislators on this bill.)
If you haven’t yet reached out to your legislators, please do so before February 10:
- Email your legislators. Use this easy tool to send your letter.
- Call your legislator’s office to make sure they received your email. This step is important. Legislators receive so many emails, and many get buried in their email boxes. Call to make sure they received it and ask them again to ask the legislator that you request he or she write a letter to Rep. Paul Brodeur or Senator Jason Lewis asking for Senate Bill 1013 to move forward.
- Repeat the process for the second legislator.
We thank you for your support. Rep. Brodeur’s staff reported that they get the most calls in support of this bill — thanks to your action.
Posting about the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, Senate Bill 1013, on state legislators’ Facebook pages has proven extremely effective because of the public nature of it. (Legislators see your posts directly without your messages getting buried and want to be publicly responsive to get votes in their re-elections.)
So we need your help.
Post on your own legislators’ walls if they haven’t yet supported the bill (or post on all of their walls if you’d like — many will respond in this case even if you’re not in their districts, and others will learn about the bill, too).
Let’s get a buzz going in the State House.
Curious as to whether or not our State Reps discussed the anti-workplace bullying Healthy Workplace Bill each week? And when they do bring the bill to a floor vote, do you want to know they say about it? One advocate brought our attention today to a live (and archived) stream of the weekly House session, which begins at 11am on Wednesdays. You can listen live or even after the fact to know what bill the State Reps reached in the House Calendar.
If you hear the session before we do, pass along your news and insights by commenting here.
A big thank you to Healthy Workplace Bill advocates
Thanks again to the advocate who shared this valuable news and to all of you who contacted your legislators in support of the Healthy Workplace Bill, H 1771.
If you haven’t contacted your State Rep already, it’s not too late:
- Choose from one of two template letters to email to your rep and modify it or write your own letter asking your rep to support the Healthy Workplace Bill, H. 1771.
- Use this link to find your State Rep’s email address (listed as the “House” legislator).