Northwest NEWS

November 20, 2000

Local News

Free workshop on government participation

Citizens who want to have more influence with their state government can learn the ropes from a local veteran legislator. Rep. Kathy Lambert, R-Redmond, is offering a free workshop entitled "How to Get Involved in Government." The class, which is open to the public, will be held on Monday, Nov. 27, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Redmond Regional Library.
   This is the fifth year Lambert has offered the course for local citizens.
   "I've really enjoyed getting together with interested citizens and giving the information and the confidence they need to get involved in the legislative process," said Lambert, who represents the 45th Legislative District. "In a representative government, it's important for people to speak out so that their elected officials represent them effectively.
   "Helping people understand how decisions are made in Olympia and showing them how to focus their efforts to get desired results will be the focus of the workshop."
   The class covers five major topics:
   Identifying committees and the lawmakers that work on the issues you care about
   How to read a bill
   How to keep track of what's happening in Olympia
   How to present an idea for a new law
   Communicating effectively with your legislator
   Time will also be set aside for questions and answers.
   Anyone interested in attending the class can enroll by contacting Lambert's legislative office at (360) 786-7878 or by email at lambert_ka@leg.wa.gov.
   Reservations are required so that course materials can be made available for all participants.