Letter from Rep. Danou: Is there a legislative issue you want addressedWith another set of elections to take place about seven weeks from now, we are getting closer to another session in the Wisconsin State Legislature.
By: Rep. Chris Danou , Pierce County Herald
With another set of elections to take place about seven weeks from now, we are getting closer to another session in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Although the Wisconsin State Assembly won’t convene until the beginning of January 2013, my staff and I are working now so we are ready to hit the ground running.
The best time to develop and work on a legislative agenda is between now and the start of session. As always, my agenda is your agenda and I am proud to introduce legislation on your behalf. In order to introduce a quality piece of legislation, I need to hear what’s important to you and the change you’d like to see at the state level.
Lots of time and energy go into writing a quality bill. While each step requires sufficient time, one of the most important parts of the process is meeting with interested parties to discuss all the pieces of an issue. These meetings provide an opportunity for discussion so all the goals and objectives can be met before the bill is drafted. This way everyone is on the same page, the language is concise and the intent is clear.
When I first ran for the Assembly in 2008, I did so because I felt I could be an effective voice for our community. I knew before I ran that I needed an open line of communication with my neighbors so we could work together on the issues that are most important to our community. It became crystal clear to me very early on that the best legislators are those who frequently communicate with their constituents.
Hearing from you helps me be an effective legislator. Not only do I appreciate it when you call, email or write but I look forward to meeting with you. Over the past few months I have had constituents from each county I represent contact me with an idea they have regarding potential legislation. I have made it a priority to meet with everyone to discuss their issue and I have more meetings scheduled in the coming weeks.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office at any time to share your thoughts, ideas or concerns. I firmly believe that in order to be productive and create quality legislation we must discuss the issues and work together. With another legislative session coming soon, there is another window of opportunity for us to tackle important issues. Together, we will move our community and state forward.