The following categories are used in your legislative summary reports:
SPONSOR – This is a sponsored or co-sponsored bill.
SUPPORT 1 (S1) – This is the highest priority support bill. We send a letter of support to the author, a letter of support to committee members considering the bill and undertake full lobbing to assure passage of the bill. We also closely monitor all amendments and constantly reevaluate our position.
SUPPORT 2 (S2) – This level of support is moderate. A letter is sent to the author and committee considering the bill, but there is usually less lobbying or testifying before committee. We also closely monitor all amendments and constantly reevaluate our position.
SUPPORT 3 (S3) – This is the lowest level of support. A letter of support is sent to the author. We closely monitor the bill for amendments.
OPPOSE (O) – Only those bills which are judged to be detrimental are given an oppose position. Such bills require aggressive opposition lobbying, often accompanied by efforts to gain amendments, in an effort to make the bill acceptable to RPES, and therefore to remove our opposition.
WATCH 1 (W1) – This is a bill of more than casual interest. We actively monitor such bills and often communicate with the author, the author’s staff, the legislative committee members and staff. We frequently seek clarifying amendments to bills in this category.
WATCH 2 (W2) – This is a bill of interest or concern on which we keep close tabs. It appears in the summary report.
? – This is a bill that will show up in our screening from time to time. It is important that we discuss the bill so that we are able to remove the question mark by either deleting the bill or by assigning one of the above positions.