California’s legislators make decisions every year that determine our social policy, how our tax dollars are spent -- the very quality of life in our state.
Our system of government gives us the opportunity to have an impact.
But we must act!
Having a registered lobbyist at the Capitol means a quick well-informed response to both “good bills” and harmful legislation.
Being this close to the lawmaking process, a lobbyist can let activists across the state know the best time to act and the best way to make a difference.
In turn, the Action Network - our network of grassroots activists like you - supports the work of our lobbyist at the Capitol.
Impact at each step in the process
You and your “lobby of conscience” can influence lawmaking at each step of the process. Read more about how a bill becomes a law here.
“Good bills” – bills that reflect Quaker values and that further respect for the individual are noticed and supported.
- When bills are heard in committee, FCLCA writes letters of support and encourages activists like you to weigh in at this critical time (at this stage even 20 letters can have a strong impact). FCLCA’s lobbyist testifies at committee hearings.
- When bills are being voted on in the Assembly and Senate, FCLCA mobilizes support from its Action Network through online Action Alerts and through online petitions, delegations and lobby days at the Capitol.
- If a bill reaches the governor, FCLCA works with its activists and allies to encourage the governor to sign the bill into law.
“Harmful legislation” – can be noticed and responded to quickly.
- FCLCA can often work with legislative staff and our coalition partners to amend bills in a positive direction.
- FCLCA mobilizes other organizations and individuals to effectively oppose legislation. Our lobbyist writes letters of opposition and testifies against the bill at the committee hearings.
- Our Action Network sends out an alert to our activists asking them to let their legislators know they oppose the bill. We may organize constituents to lobby against the bill at the Capitol or in home districts.
A reputation for integrity and respect
Because FCLCA is not afraid to “speak truth to power” or to take unpopular stands, our role in drawing attention to harmful legislation has been a very important aspect of our political advocacy.
We have also taken a strong role in passing important reforms such as fair housing legislation, farmworker rights and criminal justice reform.
At the Capitol, we’ve built a reputation as a principled lobby group that is respectful of differing opinions, yet always willing to act on conscience, despite controversy or opposition. That gives us credibility with legislators and their staff.