State Joint Resolutions Progress Report and Call to Action

April 6, 2012
Mark Hays Campaign Coordinator, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

The Alaska House of Representatives is considering HJR 33, a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, which allows unlimited election spending by the wealthy (both individuals and corporations).

A similar resolution (SJR 13) passed the Senate with a majority bipartisan vote. And the House State Affairs Committee voted HJR 33 out of committee with majority support. The bill now sits with the House Judiciary Committee. However, Alaska’s state legislative session ends in just over a week.

This is the last chance for this resolution to be heard and advanced to the House floor this year.

Call your state House representative now at 907-465-4648. Ask him or her to support House Joint Resolution 33 and contact the Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing next week.

1. Dial 907-465-4648 (or 1-800-478-4648).

Ask to speak to your state representative by name. If you don’t know who your representative is, let the person on the phone know where you are from (which town or district), and he or she should be able to connect you to the right representative’s office.

2. Tell whoever answers that you want your representative to support House Joint Resolution 33 and ask the House Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing on the bill this coming week.

Once connected to your representative’s office, tell the staff person who answers that you want your representative to support House Joint Resolution 33 and ask the House Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing on the bill this coming week.

Here are some talking points you can use if you want:

Big money in politics has a corrosive impact on our democracy, an effect made worse by the Citizens United ruling.

This new influx of money threatens to drown out the voices of ordinary people, particularly at the local and state levels.

Ultimately, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse the ruling and restore constitutional rights and fair elections to the people.

Since states play a critical role in advancing constitutional reform, it’s important for Alaska state legislators to support this resolution as a first step toward the constitutional reform we need.

Make sure your state legislators know that this resolution is a major step Alaska must take to restore our democracy.

 

Letters to the editor in your local paper are also very effective in educating the public.  

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