You, too, can learn to lobby

Maybe you’ve wondered just how Nevada’s lawmakers come up with the occasionally asinine statutes that seem to ooze off the Capitol’s floor and onto Gov. Guinn’s desk every other year.

Here’s your chance to figure out the process—and maybe make a difference on an issue that’s important to you.

Two coming workshops are designed to introduce potential activists to such legislative basics as how a bill becomes law in Nevada, how to get your message heard and how to use the Internet to track bills that are important to you. The first workshop, “Lobbying for Results,” is being offered 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 25 in Conference Room A of the Nevada State Library, 100 N. Stewart St., Carson City. Speakers will include such legislative luminaries as Sen. Mark Amodei, attorney and lobbyist Bob Crowell, lobbyist Jan Gilbert and UNR journalism instructor Rosemary McCarthy. The deadline for registration is Jan. 17. The workshop costs $30 in advance or $35 at the door, a fee that includes lunch and materials. It’s sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Carson City and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. Some scholarships are available. To register, call 882-8883.

A lobbying workshop geared toward environmentalists will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the University of Nevada, Reno. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. This workshop will include lectures, panel discussions and role-playing activities. It’s sponsored by the UNR Campus Greens, Environmental Leadership and the Nevada Conservation League. Call 323-3433 or visit www.environleader.org.

The Nevada Legislature kicks off its 2003 session on Feb. 3.