AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA
LEGISLATIVE PLAN OF ACTION
Chairman: Jean Hunhoff
251l Mulligan Drive
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
American Legion Auxiliary Department of South Dakota
Legislative Plan of Action
The Legislative Program provides information and assistance to the American Legion Auxiliary members to advocate for the legislative agenda of The American Legion.
Encourage and empower members to be more knowledgeable to take action on The American Legion’s legislative priorities.
Work the mission of the Legislative Committee by growing members in your American Legion Auxiliary Unit.
· Subscribe to the Legion’s Legislative Action Alerts to receive notification when they call on all Legion Family members to take immediate action on a topic. Visit www.capwiz.com/legion/mim/signup to subscribe. Report to your unit chairman when you have done so.
· Subscribe to the Legion’s legislative Update to stay informed on veteran and military legislative issues. Report to your unit chairman when you have subscribed.
· Visit the Legion’s legislative website, www.legion.org/legislative, to keep current on your legislative priorities.
· Identify your U.S. Representative and two Senators and build a relationship and rapport with these individuals and/or members of their staff. Check their websites for contact and issues. Attend local listening sessions when they are scheduled in your communities.
Representative Kristi Noem http://noem.house.gov/
Toll Free 855-255-2801
Senator John Thune http://thune.senate.gov./
Toll Free 866-850-3855
Senator Mike Rounds http://rounds.senate.gov/
Toll Free 844-875-5268
· Attend local community informational meetings on legislative topics to become better informed and to network with other community civic organizations.
· Attend legislative coffees/updates by state legislators in your district during session
· Attend American Legion Day at the Legislature to network with Legislators
· Complete the Legion’s Congressional Meeting Report Form following any meeting with your U.S. Congressional delegation or staff members. Visit www.legion.org/legislative/aar to complete the form.
· Order and distribute the ALA Legislative Advocacy Guide from our department headquarters and distribute to members.
· Invite a member of the Congressional staff located in South Dakota to attend your unit meeting to update on veteran priorities and explain how best to access a member of the congressional delegation.
· Host a legislative forum for the candidates in your district that are seeking legislative office. Do at unit meeting and/or collaborate with the Legion or community to sponsor the forum.
· Choose a different legislative priority each month and allow the time at each meeting for members to draft letters and communicate the importance of legislative related to veterans and their families. Watch for Legislative Action Alerts for any pressing priority.
· During the South Dakota Legislative session visit the LRC website http://legis.sd.gov/ to follow bills that have been introduced impacting veterans.
· Order the ALA Legislative Advocacy Guide and distribute to each unit. The guide can also be downloaded from the Legislative page on www.ALAforVeterans.org
· Visit the Legion’s legislative website, www.legion.org/legislative, to keep your units and member’s current on our legislative priorities.
· Work with the Legion Department’s Legislative Chairman and request that the Auxiliary be included in Legion meetings with national and state officials and be invited the Legion Legislative briefings and other functions.
· Officers and Legislative Chairman attend the American Legion Day activities during the Legislative Session.
· Department President provide a legislative overview of the highlighted priorities on unit visits.
· Unit Legislative Award Citation
· Awarded to one unit in each division. It recognizes the most outstanding overall legislative program in the division. Each entry must be a typed written narrative to include pictures and newspaper articles on how legislative activities made a difference in veterans and their families lives. Entries must be sent to the Department Legislative Chairman by May 1, 2017 to be forwarded to the Division Legislative Chairman by June 1, 2017.
· Department Legislative Award
· Awarded to one department in each division. Each entry must a typed written narrative of legislative activism and how it made a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. It may include pictures and newspaper articles. Entries to be sent to Department Legislative Chairman by May 1, 2017 and forwarded to the Division Legislative Chairman by June 1, 2017.
5. Reporting Dates: Mid-Year and Year End Reports
· From Units to District Presidents November 15, 2016
· From District Presidents to Dept. Chair December 2016
· From Dept. Chair to Dept. Pres. And National Divisional Chair. December 15, 2016
· Year End From Units to District Presidents: April 15, 2017
· From District Presidents to Dept. Chair May 1, 2017
· From Department Chair to Dept. Pres. And National Divisional Chairman May 15, 2017
Jean Hunhoff Legislative Chairman
2511 Mulligan Drive Yankton South Dakota 57078