California state government

Got a great idea for a new state law, or maybe there’s one you think should be off the books? Entries are being accepted for state Senator Jerry Hill’s seventh annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents.

“This is an excellent opportunity for constituents to share their ideas for state laws, participate in our democracy and learn firsthand about the legislative process,” said Hill. “Maybe you have a terrific idea for a new law, or maybe you think there’s a law whose time has come and gone – and it’s time to take that law off the books. Here’s a chance to help make a positive change.”

Past winners have testified on behalf of their bill idea in Assembly or Senate committees during the legislative process, and some have also had their bill ideas signed into law.

The contest is open to all constituents of the 13th Senate District, which includes Menlo Park and Atherton.   Ideas can vary from local community improvements to statewide reforms.

The senator will select a winner, then introduce the idea as legislation. The person who submits the winning idea will have the opportunity to testify in Sacramento at hearings on the legislation.

Applications can be obtained by calling Senator Hill’s District office at 650-212-3313 or from his website.

Completed applications may be emailed to [email protected], faxed to the District Office at 650-212-3320 or mailed to the District Office at 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303, San Mateo, CA 94402. Submissions must be received by January 16, 2015. The deadline to introduce bills for the 2015 legislative session is February 27.

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