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Monday, February 14, 2011

Make Law, Get Lunch

BE A LOBBYIST LAWMAKER FOR A DAY!
Have you ever wanted to be a lawmaker, but couldn’t get past that pesky notion of actually winning an election? Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski has a contest for you.

The freshman lawmaker, who replaced Alberto Torrico last December to represent the 20th District, is asking constituents to participate in his “There Ought to be a Law” contest seeking ideas for potential bills improving their own neighborhoods and those across the state. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 25 and winners get a tour of the state capitol and lunch with Wieckowski, along with a chance to testify on behalf of the bill.

If you’re wondering if Wieckowski is asking his residents to do his work for him, you would be right, but it’s a novel way to get people involved in the legislative process. My advice, though, would be to parlay your ideas into a far more lucrative package than a tour and a BLT sandwich by becoming a lobbyist and translating your creativity into millions. Cynicism!

-STEVEN TAVARES
POLITICS HOMEGROWN eastbaycitizen.com

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