Legislative Affairs FAQ

Introduction to the Policy Department - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Policy Department do?

  2. Are you willing to be a guest speaker at committee meetings?

  3. How does the City Bar identify issues and develop policy positions?

  4. Can you keep committee members informed of all new bills and legislative activity that pertains to their practice area?

  5. Will you track legislation even if the City Bar doesn't have a position on the bill?

  6. How can a committee find the out about the legislative history of a bill and obtain opposition or support memos from other groups to help in our research and advocacy?

  7. What does drafting a policy position entail?

  8. Should committee members recuse themselves from commenting on issues that conflict with their personal practice?

  9. Can a committee write about a topic on which the City Bar has previously taken a position?

  10. Are committees limited to taking a position either in support of or in opposition to a bill?

  11. Can committees take positions on issues that pertain to funding or budget items?

  12. What is a transition memo?

  13. What if one committee disagrees with a position of another committee?

  14. Can a committee issue a final position on its own?

  15. When should committee reports be submitted?

  16. How do you advocate for City Bar positions?

  17. What is the City Bar's State Legislative Agenda and how is it developed?

  18. Does the City Bar endorse or sign on to other organizations positions?

  19. Can a committee member join you when meeting with legislators or legislative staff? Will the City Bar cover travel expenses?

  20. Can a committee member testify at public hearings?

  21. How can I track a bill and determine if it is progressing?

  22. What if a bill a committee supports is heavily opposed by another group?

  23. How long does it take a bill to pass and how do I know if a bill is likely to pass?

  24. If a bill a committee supports does not move, what happens? What happens to the report on the legislation?

  25. What else can I do to stay informed and involved?