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Town Hall Meetings Offer Chance to Speak to Legislators

From Kim Abel
League of Women Voters of Washington
Action Chair

The Lobby Team encourages you to join with our coalition partners in Rebuilding Our Economic Future by getting out to talk with your Legislators tomorrow, Saturday. The information below comes from the coalition, but just as important, League members can help encourage a civil discussion with our elected officials. Show up, wear your League pin and be great role models.

Over the next three weeks, our elected officials in Olympia will face tough decisions about how to close the state’s budget deficit. After billions in cuts last year, the estimated $2.8 billion dollar deficit for 2010 threatens vital programs that protect the health and well being of children and families in Washington state.

This Saturday, February 20, is your chance to speak with legislators directly about proposed cuts to child welfare services, education, and children’s health, as well as bills before the legislature. Legislators from across the state are taking time off from the session to hold town hall meetings in their home districts.

These town hall meetings are a rare chance to influence your legislators mid-session while they are still working out the details of critical legislation, including the budget. By urging legislators to look at all revenue options before cutting programs, you can ensure that vital social and educational services are protected.

At the height of the legislative session, your elected leaders are looking for ideas and stories from constituents to take back to Olympia. Your local town hall meeting is an important venue to advocate for the needs of kids and families in Washington!

If you are interested in joining friends and neighbors at a local town hall on Saturday, please see below (check with your legislator if you don’t see them listed, but let them know what is important to you):

Town Hall Meetings:

23rd Legislative District (Kitsap) – Rep. Christine Rolfes (D) and Senator Phil Rockefeller (D)
1) 9:30 – 11 AM at Bainbridge Island fire station; and
2) 1-2:30 PM at the Eagles Nest, Bremerton

26th Legislative District – Rep. Larry Seaquist (D) & Sen. Derek Kilmer (D)
1) Noon – 1:30 PM at Olympic College Student Center, Bremerton
2) 2 – 3:30 PM at Givens Community Center, Rm 1026, Port Orchard
3) 4 – 5:30 PM at Peninsula High School, Purdy