Louisiana’s 2020 session looks very different than predicted just a few months ago. As the Louisiana state legislature reconvenes with new precautions to protect the health and safety of members and constituents, we must adjust how we engage with policymakers. Just as we have shifted to working from home, homeschooling our children and mastering recipes in our kitchens, the COVID-19 pandemic will require us all to find creative ways to ensure that our voices are heard at the State Capitol.
Moore has created a digital legislative guide for Louisianans that provides a quick and easy reference for communicating with policymakers via email or social media.
Louisiana is expecting a budget crisis, on top of the key issues already slated for this session, such as tort reform, raising the minimum wage and funding teacher pay raises. As bills are prioritized, constituents should not miss the opportunity to voice their concerns or beliefs due to the pandemic.
Through these new changes surrounding COVID-19, we will all become more comfortable virtually engaging with policymakers, which is a silver lining opportunity. Even before the coronavirus, many advocates already experienced limitations in directly engaging with policymakers, due to medical conditions and travel time that restricted access to the Capitol. Zoom meetings, virtual fly-in days and tele-town halls will now become part of the norm as we remove barriers and engage advocates from across the state to participate in discussions with policymakers.
Our New Orleans office embodies the deep roots and unique charm of Louisiana, and we can help you navigate this changing landscape. We wish you great success with your policy efforts this session and are ready to be your partner in building and implementing strategy to drive action for your company or initiatives.