BOUNTIFUL - You can't make a difference in your community if you don't know what's going on.
The League of Women Voters of Davis County wants to make sure local residents don't have that problem by hosting a question and answer session with state senator Todd Weiler, R-23, on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m at the South Branch Library in Bountiful. Organizers will cover a variety of topics, including the gas tax, air pollution and other issues affecting Davis County.
"These are things people need to start thinking about if they want to have an influence on the state legislature," said Ann Johnson, a member of the Davis County league chapter. "We should be working to influence our legislators, not just voting. That's not enough."
Weiler's district covers a large chunk of South Davis County, including North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, West Bountiful, Bountiful and part of Centerville. Though the next session isn't until January, Johnson said that Weiler and other legislators are already hard at work getting ready for it.
"If you want to talk to a legislator about an issue, start now," she said. "During the legislature, it gets really hectic."
Weiler, who is not up for re-election this fall, will be prepared to discuss a variety of topics that he expects will be addressed in the 2015 legislative session. These include education spending, potentially changing the process of choosing the state attorney general and ethics concerns in the wake of the Shurtleff and Swallow scandals.
"People like to complain about what's going on, often after the fact," said Johnson. "But if people are aware of what's going on, they can have an influence."
The format will be question and answer, with moderators accepting questions from the audience about the relevant issues. She asks that people refrain from unnecessary argument, however.
"People need to have their voices heard, but they need to be informed voices," said Johnson. "It's easy for people to get emotional when they don't have all the information."
The library is located at 725 S. Main Street in Bountiful. For more information about the event or the League of Women Voters in Davis County, call 801-292-7889 or 801-651-6096.
"Our elected representatives need to hear the people, but the people also need to stay informed about what's happening," said Johnson. "It's a two-way street."