How You can Engage on Natural Resources Legislation
Conservation Federation of Missouri
728 West Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Engaging in the legislative process may seem like an intimidating process. It doesn’t have to be. There are many facets to law making, but none should be considered more important than citizen input.
In this session, Brandon Butler will explain the process of how a bill is created and filed, the process it goes through in the legislature and how it ultimately becomes law. The emphasis of this workshop is on how you as a citizen can engage in this process to have your voice heard through direct contact with your elected officials and providing testimony in a legislative hearing.
Brandon Butler is the executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM), our state’s largest and most active citizen conservation organization. CFM has been shaping conservation and natural resource policy since its inception in 1935. CFM was largely responsible for the creation of the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Conservation Sales Tax, and the Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax.
Bryan Richards is the Emerging Disease Coordinator at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin. Trained in wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin and Southern Illinois University, Richards spent over a decade involved with all facets of big game management with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Following the detection of CWD in Wisconsin, Richards joined the NWHC to work with state, federal, tribal, academic, international and non-governmental partners on research and management of CWD.