Newly elected state senator Laura Thielen announced yesterday that her office has set up an experimental 3-part communication system to both provide information on issues as they arise during the session and to solicit feedback and comments from the public.
Thielen’s new system includes a Facebook page, blog, and website, all publicly available.
Her effort will cover the committees she is serving on, including Water Land (WTL); Agriculture (AGL); Ways and Means (WAM, or Budget); and Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing (EGH).
In a widely distributed email, Thielen said the
1. A Facebook Page will send out short alerts when bills of interest are posted for hearings or changes to bills are made in committee.
You don’t have to be a member of Facebook to access this page.
Go to www.facebook.com/SenatorLauraThielen Facebook members can Like the page to get notified when posts go up. Non-members can just check the site periodically.
2. A Blog will post short analyses on the substance of bills, amendments being proposed, next steps at the Legislature and how people can weigh in.
Go to http://www.senatorlaurathielen.com/blog/ and bookmark the page.
3. A Website provides resources intended to help people who want to get involved. We will keep building the resources as the session goes forward. But we’re starting with a Leg 101 section for people new to the Legislative process; some testimony and studies; and links to useful sites.
Go to http://www.senatorlaurathielen.com/ and bookmark the page.
This experiment is a two-way communication system. We’ve built in comment sections on both Facebook and the Blog where you can ask me questions, recommend changes, or even start a dialogue with other readers.