Preparing for 2021 State Legislative Sessions

Many southeastern states are expected to enter into their legislative sessions in January, with the rest not far behind. Kim VanVeen and I look forward to advocating alongside you in support of state policies that will build healthier communities. Here are three things you can expect in the coming months!


More Relationships

Next month, many new state lawmakers will be sworn in - making it a great time to start building relationships with them. We encourage you to revisit our boss' tips for building relationships with lawmakers.

More You're the Cure Alerts

During your state's legislative session (see below dates), you'll likely receive a higher number of You're the Cure emails and texts from us. We want to provide you with the latest information about our key legislative issues, as well as any issues that pop up impacting the mission of the American Heart Association. These alerts often will ask you to email, call, and/or tweet your lawmakers when your voice will have the biggest influence. 

State/Territory Convene* Adjourn*
Alabama February 2 May 18
Florida March 2 April 30
Georgia January 11 April 2
Louisiana April 12 June 10
Mississippi January 5 March 15
North Carolina January 13 July 30
Puerto Rico  January 11 Legislature meets throughout the year
South Carolina January 12 May 12
Tennessee January 12 May 6

* Dates are subject to change due to COVID-19 conditions and vaccine plans. 

More You're the Cure Activities 

Of course, we want to engage with you in policy change beyond alerts! We're working with our Government Relations team to host session kick-off calls. We'll discuss the AHA's top policy issues for session, share ways you can help, and ask if anyone has questions. We also are working to host statewide virtual events for You're the Cure advocates, in lieu of our in-person state lobby days. We find value in coming together as a You're the Cure network, speaking in one voice, to state lawmakers on the same day. Stay tuned for future You're the Cure alerts with details.   

We have a few more plans in our back pocket and can't wait to share those with you, too. ;)

Julie M. Howell and Kim VanVeen are Grassroots Managers for the American Heart Association, engaging volunteers and staff in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, in public policy campaigns to build a world of healthier, longer lives.

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