Legislative advocacy is a key part of the work done by NASW at the Federal and State levels.
NASW’s Government Relations staff is fighting hard to make the voice of professional social workers heard on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The most effective way to express our ideas and vision, however, is through our members. Having a network of professional social workers who are willing to contact their members of Congress — via letter, e-mail, or office visits regarding specific issues is essential, ensuring that NASW’s legislative agenda is addressed in the Senate and House of Representatives. If you are interested, please join the Advocacy Network Listserv.
At the state level, the Chapter's Legislative Committee identifies bills of interest to the social work profession during each legislative session. Our contract lobbyist helps the committee follow these bills through the legislative process and advocate in the best interest of social workers throughout the state. NASW Colorado may also propose legislation if a need is identified within the social work community.
NASW Colorado would like to encourage all members to advocate for the profession of social work and our clients by being informed and involved in the legislative process. Social Workers’ experience in the field is an invaluable asset to the chapter and its legislative efforts. Please contact the Legislative Committee with any questions or concerns, or if you would like to get involved. You might also consider joining the Chapter Legislative Committee Listserve by making a request to the Chapter office.
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Primer for the Legislative Committee (New Members)
Legislative and Advocacy Links
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A Road Map: How a Bill Becomes Colorado Law
Links to this and more information can be found on the Colorado Legislature’s Web site
NASW Colorado Legislative Listserv
Info on what it is and how to sign up
NASW National Advocacy Web site
Colorado General Assembly
Track current bills; listen to live hearings at the Colorado State Capitol; review daily calendar of House, Senate and committee hearings; find information on members of the General Assembly
State of Colorado
Links to various state offices; general information on living in Colorado
Colorado Secretary of State – Elections Center
Register to vote; find information on voting and elections in Colorado
Project Vote Smart
Find out who your Senator and Representative is in the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. Congress; look up voting records.
U.S. House of Representatives
Advocacy in Colorado
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Colorado Children’s Campaign
Colorado Community Health Network
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Mental Health Association of Colorado
Colorado Small Schools Initiative
Metro Organizations for People
Other Legislative Links
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