Last month’s In-District Advocacy Day was an incredible success, as a record number of ASLA members turned out to meet with their federal legislators in their local offices to discuss Complete Streets legislation and funding for the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). There were 281 meetings scheduled with congressional offices for In-District Advocacy Day on February 18th. Most participants were scheduled to meet with at least one of their federal legislators. In some instances, ASLA members met with their Member of Congress and their U.S. Senator.
In addition to the record number of participants, member feedback has shown that federal representatives and their staff were highly receptive to ASLA members and their legislative issues. Most congressional members were very supportive of Complete Streets legislation and would likely support the legislation when it is introduced. Also, congresspersons that supported funding for HALS in 2008 agreed to support the program again this year, and six additional congressional offices showed some interest in supporting HALS this year.
Due to scheduling constraints, ASLA was not able to secure a meeting for every ASLA volunteer on or near February 18th. If you would like to meet with your federal legislator in their local office, please contact Federal Government Affairs Manager Blackwell and ASLA staff will assist you with the process.
Currently, ASLA Government Affairs staff is following-up with your federal legislators in Washington, DC to urge their support for Complete Streets legislation and to secure funding for HALS.