The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration and Promotion Act
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On February 14, 2017, Representative Quigley (D-IL) introduced H.R. 1054, with co-sponsor Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). This legislation is intended to promote botanical research and botanical sciences capacity (including botanical education), generate demand for native plant materials, and authorize related federal activities. This bipartisan legislation allows federal agencies to act with the expertise required to preserve unique American landscapes and emphasizes the importance of protecting native plants and plant ecosystems. For more information, read the bill summary, Rep. Quigley's press release, Rep Ros-Lehtinen's press release, or download the full bill. You can also track the bill's progress here. There are currently seventeen additional cosponsors - is your representative one of them?
If your organization supports the bill, please consider endorsing it (here's why). To-date, 73 organizations have endorsed the bill. To add your organization to the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And make sure you don't miss out on opportunities to get involved in future efforts by registering your organization as a PCA Non-Federal Cooperator! If you don't know if your not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization can advocate for the bill - you probably can! Check out this resource from the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits.
If you support the bill, the most important thing to do right now is to ask your representative to co-sponsor the bill. The most effective thing you can do is schedule a meeting with staff in your legislator's office - either in DC or their local office near you.
1. Here's a guide to contacting your representative. We also have a form email for contacting your representative. If you do meet with any legislative staff to discuss H.R. 1054, please email us at email@example.com before your meeting so we can help with talking points and keep track of visits and follow-up communication
2. When you meet with your representative or their staff, here are some talking points to help your prepare. At your meeting, bring a summary of the bill to leave behind, using our summary or making your own. This 'leave-behind' can include how the bill will affect you personally and your district.
3. After the meeting, make sure to follow up. Send a thank you along with any follow up information. Consistent contact and building a relationship with your representative is key!
Here is a great post on engaging with elected officials. Finally, you can also easily send an email to your representatives asking them to support HR1054 by using the American Institute of Biological Sciences Legislative Action Center.