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Town Hall by Telephone

February 08,2012

Did you know, if you attend Valley School you live in the 7th legislative district in Washington State?  Did you know there’s a chance for you to participate in the legislative process?

Residents of the Seventh Legislative District looking for an opportunity to participate in state government can be part of a telephone town hall meeting with Reps. Shelly Short, R-Addy, and Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, on Thursday, February 9th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. All residents in the Seventh District can participate by calling the toll-free number, 1-877-229-8493 and entering the code: 15429 when prompted.

“This telephone town hall gives [everyone] the opportunity to participate from the comfort of their own home and to let us know how they feel on important issues,” said Short. In addition to taking questions, each Representative will discuss issues related to the 2012 session. Constituents will contribute to instant polls by keypad, ask the Representatives questions (by pressing star three on their keypads) and have the opportunity to leave Representative Short and Kretz a voicemail at the end.

“In the past, we’ve had literally thousands of participants in our telephone town halls,” said Short. “To get that kind of participation in a district the size of the Seventh District would take weeks of traditional town hall meetings.”
“Our two main priorities for this session are to come up with a solution to our state’s projected $1.5 billion shortfall within existing revenues and to implement legislation that will help create more long-term private-sector jobs,” said Kretz. The issues for the first few weeks of the Legislative Session include: banning plastic grocery bags, legalization of non-medical use of marijuana and making spitting or roller skating on a state ferry a misdemeanor.

This is a great opportunity to educate your student on the workings of state government. These town hall meetings are a vital ingredient to a functioning representative democracy. If you’d like to learn more about representational democracies try this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representative_democracy

If you live outside the Valley School District you can find your legislative district here:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/