California Section Government Affairs Committee 2007 Report

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2007 Annual Report on California Section Government Affairs

 

by Marinda Li Wu, Government Affairs Committee Chair

 

 

In 2007, as the Chair for our local section Government Affairs Committee (GAC), I contacted our California legislators in Congress and worked to keep our local section informed about ACS legislative and government affairs in various ways. I began 2007 by writing eight different letters to each of our local representatives in Congress both in the House and Senate discussing the importance of increased funding for K-12 science education largely based on my personal experiences with the public school system as a parent. In addition in early 2007, I wrote letters to the officers of our two neighboring local ACS sections, Santa Clara Valley and Sacramento Sections, inviting them to collaborate with our local section in the future in the area of government affairs.

 

This past year, I also wrote two articles for our local section newsletter, The Vortex, to update the California Section (almost 4000 members) on ACS legislative and government affairs activities and encourage participation in the Legislative Action Network (LAN) and our local section GAC. I reported on the Sixth Annual ACS Legislative Summit which I attended in Washington D.C. April 24-25 visiting the offices of Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, and Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher with the help of the ACS Office of Legislative and Government Affairs (OLGA). I also informed our local section of the new pilot state government affairs advocacy program approved by the ACS Board with California being one of the five states participating in this pilot program.

 

In the August 6 issue of C&EN, my ACS Comment again mentioned the importance of getting involved with contacting our legislators to advocate for increased funding of both research and  K-12 science education. I also frequently made oral reports as our GAC (Government Affairs Committee) Chair at our monthly local section Executive Committee meetings throughout this past year.

 

In October, at the Western Regional Meeting in San Diego, I attended the first organizational meeting for California local section government affairs organized by OLGA. As other local sections in California are starting to form GAC’s (Government Affairs Committees), our local section will be working with others in the state as part of the new pilot program for state government affairs. Our ACS message will be focused again on the importance of improving K-12 science education.