Legislative sessions have begun in most of the southeastern states, with the rest not far behind. Legislative sessions are the ideal time to speak with a unified voice through You're the Cure, our grassroots network, in support of policies that advance building longer, healthier lives.
If you haven't joined us yet, we invite you to become a You're the Cure advocate today at www.yourethecure.org/join. As an advocate, you'll receive timely alerts about our legislative efforts and any issues that arise impacting the mission of the Association. These alerts often will ask you to email, call, and/or tweet your lawmakers when your voice will have the biggest influence. Below is when your state is expected to be in session.
|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.
Alerts are just the beginning; we have other ways for you to stay up-to-date and in the know. Our Advocacy Team is hosting session kick-off calls in each state. We'll discuss the AHA's top policy issues for session, share ways you can help, and answer your questions. We also will host statewide virtual events for You're the Cure advocates, in lieu of our in-person state lobby days. It's truly impactful to come together as the You're the Cure network, speaking in one voice, to state lawmakers on the same day. See what's planned in your state at act.yourethecure.org/SEsessions. As always, stay tuned for future You're the Cure alerts and news.
Julie M. Howell is the Grassroots Manager for the American Heart Association in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. She works very closely with Kim VanVeen, AHA Grassroots Manager for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Together, they help volunteers and staff engage in public policy campaigns to build a world of healthier, longer lives.