How does the LSBA decide on bill positions?
The LSBA takes bill positions through a three-step process which involves its 25 member Legislation Committee and its 22 member Board of Governors (BOG). The Legislation Committee derives its authority from the House of Delegates.
- The first step is the First Meeting of the Legislation Committee which will work through subcommittees, each reviewing a list of notable bills and voting on possible bill positions. This occurs shortly after the session's prefiling deadline. A preliminary list of notable bills is prepared by the Legislation Committee Chair, the LSBA’s lobbyist, and the Legislation Committee staff liaison. Additional bills will be added through LSBA members or stakeholders.
- The second step is the public Second Meeting where the committee meets as a whole and votes on each subcommittee's bill recommendation. The committee will also take up any new bill filed after the First Meeting and any bill brought to its attention by a member or stakeholder. Members and stakeholders will have an opportunity to address the Legislation Committee as a whole.
- The third and final step occurs at the BOG's meeting, which often occurs immediately after the Second Meeting. At this meeting, the BOG votes to approve the Legislation Committee bill positions. Should the BOG not approve a particular bill position, the LSBA will not take a position on the bill.
At the conclusion of this three-step process, the bill positions are published on the website.
Occasionally, if a bill is brought to the attention of the BOG after bill positions are decided, a supermajority of the BOG with input from the Legislation Committee may result in an additional bill position.
When can I get my views known to the Legislation Committee, and whom do I tell?
Please note that once the legislators have filed their bills, the legislative session moves quickly. So, the earlier you contact a Legislation Committee, BOG member, the LSBA’s Executive Director or the Legislation Committee staff liaison, the better your chances will be that your bill will be considered by the committee.
What do you need from me if I have a bill of interest?
We will need the bill number, the bill position that you are advocating, and the reasons for your position. Preferably, any supporting documents should be limited to one or two pages.
Be advised that the LSBA’s By Laws
and its House of Delegates’ policies
strongly guide the Legislation Committee and the BOG. So, while a bill may be a good or bad bill for any number of reasons, it may not be one which fits within the guidelines that the LSBA must follow. Please review the By Laws
and the House of Delegates' policies.
The most effective supporting document is one which advocates for your bill position using the criteria contained in By Laws' Article XI (2) Criteria for Determining Positions
. State your position by addressing the listed criteria because that is what the Legislation Committee and the BOG will be doing for each bill position.
If you have any questions, please contact the Legislation Committee staff liaison.