In the coming weeks, there will be several important opportunities to show your support for protecting Indiana’s state forests from unprecedented commercial logging– in person to your Legislators. At these “Third House” sessions, legislators give updates on what’s happening in the Statehouse and respond to questions from the public. In the past, constituent pressure at Third House meetings has been what convinced legislators to take action, so if there is an upcoming Third House in your area, please take the opportunity to make your voice be heard by asking your legislators to support HB 1580 in the House and SB 548 in the Senate! These bills will establish State Wild Areas in Indiana’s state forests that will be set aside from commercial logging, to benefit wilderness-type recreation for the public and interior forest habitat. (See the schedule of upcoming Third House sessions below. A more complete list can be found at http://www.iauw.org/pubpol/indiana-third-house-meetings.pdf.)
Tips for Attending a Third House Session
Arrive early! Seating is often limited at these events, so try to arrive at least 15 minutes early to get a seat. Also, sometimes legislators are milling about before the session gets started, so it can be a good time to introduce yourself one-on-one.
Get your question answered! People attend Third House sessions to voice their opinions about all sorts of issues, and often there are more questions than the allotted time allows. Come with your question already prepared, and don’t wait until the queue is too long to raise your hand or submit your question.
Be respectful. We all feel passionate about the urgent need to protect our state forests, but legislators are much more likely to consider your concerns if they are presented in a respectful tone. If you are not satisfied with the response from the legislator, consider approaching them one-on-one after the meeting or writing them a follow-up letter.
If you have any questions about these events, please feel free to get in touch!
Madison, Ind. Red Bicycle Hall (125 E. Main Street)
Saturday, February 14th, 10:00 a.m.