By Les Fugate
The 2014 holiday season is behind us, and across the Commonwealth men and women are returning to their regular work schedules. While some may have the luxury of easing into the New Year, those of us who often work in and around Kentucky’s state government are gearing up for several very busy months as Kentucky’s 2015 legislative session commences on Tuesday, January 6.
In the coming days and weeks, hundreds of legislators, lobbyists, reporters, and engaged citizens will spend their days (and late nights) in cramped quarters at the Kentucky State Capitol and Capitol Annex until the session wraps up at the end of March.
Outside of the challenge of finding a parking spot or a seat at a table during lunch, what can we expect this legislative session to bring? We can expect bills tackling our state’s growing heroin problem, telecommunications reform, right-to-work and minimum wage discussions. We can also expect organized chaos.
This is a “short” session, meaning the legislature will only be in session for 30 working days. There is a lot to do and very little time in which to do it. The “major issues” noted above will receive a lot of attention, but lesser-known issues run the risk of getting lost in the shuffle. While traditional lobbying remains a must, many issues require additional support to ensure they are heard.
That’s where RunSwitch PR enters the picture. As the only public relations company that is on the ground at the Capitol each and every day during the legislative session, RunSwitch is your trusted resource. We work diligently to ensure that our clients’ issues are framed appropriately and included at the highest level of policy discussion. We develop full-fledged public affairs strategies that incorporate media relations, grassroots and grasstops outreach, and coalition building to support your cause.
If you plan to join the growing chorus of individuals vying to get the attention of key influencers in Frankfort this year, look us up. We will be at the Capitol or Annex helping to shape the discourse of the important policy questions of the day.
Oh, and if you’ll let us know, we will save you a seat in the cafeteria.