The Government Affairs Committee works on city, state and federal issues affecting the business environment. During the state legislative session the group hosts conference calls with area legislators to keep on top of current issues. Throughout the rest of the year, they maintain those relationships as well as try to keep members informed of other regulations and concerns that might affect them. The Pullman Chamber is a member of the Association of Washington Business and the Grassroots Alliance. Periodically the Chamber will forward information from other organizations to its members. We welcome Chamber members to attend our committee meetings. For information contact the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.
The Pullman Chamber Government Affairs Committee put together a questionnaire for the candidates in the Whitman County Commission race. Read what the candidates had to say.
Stay up to date with information about your legislators at work during the 2020 Legislative Session-Beginning January 13, 2020
Pullman Chamber of Commerce Legislative Agenda
Initiatives that the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee is currently watching:
2020 Legislative Agenda
Association of Washington Business Update
Association of Washington Cities – this site has a great ‘bill tracker’ to keep up with the state’s legislative bill activity.
Contact Info for Washington Senators and Legislators:
Handwriting, typing, or e-mailing a letter to a legislator is one of the most effective means of communicating your views. These letters carry a tremendous amount of weight with elected officials who use them to judge public opinion, weigh legislation, discover new ideas, and remain connected with their constituents.
Here are some tips to make your letter more effective.
Identify yourself and the issue:
Elected officials and publications will not consider anonymous letters. Please identify yourself, including contact information such as e-mail, physical address, and phone number. Also, put the issue you are addressing in the subject header of the letter.
Keep it short and to the point:
Elected officials and editorial boards receive a lot of letters. In order to improve the chances of your letter being read, it is best to keep it brief – less than two pages and limited to one subject.
Check grammar and spelling:
Also if you are handwriting your letter, make sure it is legible.
Elected officials work tirelessly to develop the best government possible for all of us. Keep the content of your letter civil and focused on the issue that you are addressing.
Make it personal:
Why are you passionate about this issue? Tell how this issue will affect you. What will it mean to your business? What are some ramifications of this legislation that they might not be aware of?
Ask for a reply:
This letter shouldn’t be a “one off” but a start of a dialogue between you and your representative. Be sure to ask for a reply letter. If you are mailing your letter, it might be good to include a self-addressed stamped envelope along with you letter.
Remember to sign it:
The personal touches add greatly to how you letter will be received. If you are mailing or faxing it, a handwritten signature it is a great way to do that.