How to register your opinion on potential new laws




    Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

    Citizen participation can play a major role in which bills eventually become law in Arizona.

    Residents can use a system called Request to Speak, often called RTS, to register their opinion on any bill being considered by legislators.

    RTS allows residents the ability to directly tell lawmakers if they support or oppose legislation, and lawmakers will see who is or isn’t in favor of a bill as it goes through the process.

    It also allows residents to see what lobbyists or special interest groups may be in support or opposition to proposed legislation, as well.

    However, many people may be unaware of how the system works or how to access it. That’s why the Arizona Mirror decided to create a guide on how residents can engage in the lawmaking process.

    Jerod MacDonald-Evoy
    Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

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