Public comments are a mechanism built into the federal, state, and local rule-making process that allows for anyone to speak about the proposed regulation. The law-making agency is looking for information that relates to the bill that they may not have known before your comment. Because it allows many voices and perspectives to be heard, public comments have the ability to speak to things such as the possible community impacts of the bill, pertinent scientific research relating to the bill, and personal experiences from those affected by the bill.
Call on the phone, e-mail, write a letter, or request a visit to or from your current sitting Representative and Senators. This gives you the opportunity, as a voter, to voice your concerns and let your members know how their vote impacts the lives of those they want to best represent.
Voting is one of the most important ways to ensure that you do your part to put people in office whose views align with your own.
There are many ways to influence the policies that govern your daily life, and some can have a greater impact than others depending on the context. For example, making a public comment on a bill is going to be much more effective at the state and federal level compared to posting your point of view on a social media account. Both have their benefits, but one is going to have more influence to make actual policy change than the other. Some of the most effective ways to make real changes in policy (with step-by-step instructions) are listed on the left.
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