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.