Following every session of the General Assembly, whether a Studies Bill has been enacted or not, numerous studies are approved by the leadership of the House and Senate. Almost always we see joint House and Senate study committees/commissions appointed to meet between sessions. Such action, in effect, gives our State what equals a full-time legislature because of said joint study committee meetings. Each joint legislative study committee will file a report just before the next session convenes and will recommend one or more legislative proposals for that next session. Further, committee chairs and committee members generally sponsor all newly proposed legislation recommended by their study committee for introduction. T. Jerry maintains a close relationship with most of those committee chairs and membes.
Under legislative rules, bills from these committees are introduced in the session that follows the General Assembly break between sessions. Copies of studies and recommended legislation can be found in the Legislative Library in the Legislative Office Building. They can also be found on that individual study committee website along with information provided during their meeting process. You may also request a copy of said studies from T. Jerry.
Think about retaining T. Jerry Williams to monitor resulting legislative proposals and /or a given study committee or study commissions on your behalf each year. Taking such action is often a form of insurance for your legislative or regulatory agenda. T. Jerry regularly monitors a number of studies and interim committees because such efforts keep him prepared to represent new clients during regular or short sessions. Once retained, T. Jerry continuously reviews the progress of a study and reports to his clients or potential clients on the status of any such committee work.
So often a would-be principal can get blind-sided by not being aware that a specific study is underway. However, those aware of such a study and subsequent recommended legislation are often able to prevent the introduction of unfavorable legislative provisions, defeat a proposal because they have planned for it or have a chance to speed up the process of gaining support for specific legislation or proposals in a given study. And too, a lobbyist monitoring study committees can often be in a position to have a favorable client proposal added to a proposed study bill that will be introduced in the following session by committee leadership with committee support. Also, a lobbyist can often prevent an unfavorable provision from being introduced or modify the impact early. In some instances a lobbyist can have a client exempted from the bill in question. That can be a giant step on behalf of any client's agenda.
Note that a study may be proposed and subsequently enacted through a Studies Bill; but never acted upon because of a lack of advocacy. This process takes place in the North Carolina General Assembly. Without a nudge by the House or Senate leadership, often proposed legislation recommended in a study can fall by the wayside. Having a government relations professional working for you at that point can be most productive in making sure the study takes place or, in some instances, preventing it from taking place.
Remember, even when the North Carolina General Assembly is not in session, if study or interim committees are meeting the legislative process is still active and should be monitored. Let T. Jerry monitor such activities on your behalf between sessions. His rates are reasonable and his successes are significant.
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"Rather than letting things happen to you, let them happen because of you."
The words John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts wrote in their journal, "The Sea of Cortez," constantly remind me of what I have witnessed in the legislative process and the importance of being a part of it. They wrote: "Let us go into the Sea of Cortez, realizing that we become forever a part of it: that our rubber boots slogging through a flat of eelgrass, that the rocks we turn over in a tide pool, make us truly and permanently a factor in the ecology of the region. We shall take something away from it, but we shall leave something, too.”
I particularly remember their closing line, “And if we seem a small factor in a huge pattern, nevertheless it is of relative importance.”
If you are charged with protecting your industry assocition or your business, remember that even if you are a small factor in the total equation, your effort is still "of relative importance." Those small successful changes in statutes will have a long-lasting impact on the legislative intent of a law.