The PSATS Grassroots Network is composed of local leaders who work together to ensure that the voice of all townships is heard in Harrisburg and Washington.
PSATS keeps members of the network informed of the status of important legislation and policies. Network members are encouraged to establish relationships with their legislators and communicate with them regularly about how a piece of legislation or a particular policy would impact township government.
Township Officials Request Right-to-Know Law Reforms: Contact Your Senator Before May 24th!
Two very important Right-to-Know Law bills are before the Senate. We need your help to get these important reforms moving.
The first, SB 312 would allow townships to charge a reasonable fee for commercial requests. A commercial purpose would include selling or reselling any portion of the records, using names and addresses from the records for commercial solicitation, or any other purposes which are intended to generate revenue. A commercial purpose would not include requests from the media, or nonprofit educational or noncommercial scientific institutions.
The Second, SB 552 would allow townships to petition the Office of Open Records for relief from a vexatious requester. A “vexatious requester” would be individuals who use the Right-to-Know Law with malicious intent to intimidate, harass, or punish an agency, resulting in wasting taxpayer dollars and resources.
Both bills are facing opposition and we need your help.
Login to your PSATS Account and click on the “Grassroots Engagement Tool” and then click “take action” to contact your Senator. This will include sample text for you to use as well as space for you to provide specific township examples.
Questions or comments can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (717) 763-0930 Ext 197. Thank you again for all that you do!
Grassroots Advocacy Network Resources
► PSATS Grassroots Engagement Tool
Looking for what happened this week in Harrisburg and Washington? Check out the PSATS Grassroots Engagement Tool (GET). GET is a clearing house for PSATS’ government relations efforts. The landing page provides the latest legislative news (which can also be found daily in the PSATS Morning News), and from the home page members can access action alerts, read PSATS’ policy statements and find information about government and voting.
To access the PSATS Grassroots Engagement Tool (GET), you first must be signed into PSATS.org. Next hover your mouse over “Legislative & Policy” then hover over “PSATS Grassroots Network” and Grassroots Engagement Tool will appear to the right.
The National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) is the voice for more than 10,000 towns and townships across America seeking to enhance the ability of smaller communities to deliver public services, economic vitality, and good government to their citizens. America’s towns and townships seek to partner with the federal government to ensure that public laws, policies, regulations, and resources support our role in fostering local democracy. Click here to view NATatT’s 2020 Federal Platform
► PSATS Grassroots Lobbying Guide Interested in learning how to become an effective grassroots lobbyist? Check out the PSATS Grassroots Lobbying Guide. This guidebook is an excellent tool for township officials interested in becoming effective grassroots lobbyists.
Add Your Voice to the Network
Interested in becoming a member of the PSATS Grassroots Advocacy Network? Contact PSATS at email@example.com or (717) 763-0930 ext. 197.