Advocacy

Representing Regional Needs on Legislative and Regulatory Policies

In 2013, the Regional Water Authority Board of Directors approved a five-year strategic plan. A key component of the plan was advocacy. The Board’s goal: Ensure that regional needs and concerns are positively represented on legislative and regulatory policies and actions. To achieve this goal, RWA launched the Advocacy Program and dedicated resources to a contract lobbyist and staffing for the program. Since 2015, RWA members have worked together to develop the program by creating a structure, identifying priorities, setting goals and engaging members in a vision. In 2016, RWA launched the program on a subscription basis. In 2019, the Advocacy Program embarked as a permanent program offered to members. The transition was testament to the program’s accomplishments and results.

2020 Legislative Session

COVID-19 and related actions to address the disease have caused the Legislature to recess for an indeterminate period of time.  It is likely that the Legislature will remain on recess until larger public health related restrictions are lifted across the state.  This recess has disrupted the typical legislative calendar, and it is not currently known to what extent legislation will progress or under what timelines.  Despite that uncertainty RWA continues to work on and take positions on bills.  Please see the a current list of bills with a formal position through the link below.  Additionally, please check back for updates on these bills, and what the legislative process will look like for the remainder of the 2020 session.  

Current List of Bills

 

Safe Drinking Water and a Water Tax

Read RWA’s Federal Legislative Platform (approved by the RWA Board on March 19, 2020) Read RWA’s priority issues and policy principles (approved by the RWA Board on January 9, 2020) Read the 2019 Advocacy Program Highlights

For information about RWA’s Advocacy Program, contact Ryan Ojakian, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Manager.

Legislative and Regulatory News