Monitoring your state and local legislation is a low-cost, low-effort way to begin getting involved in advocacy at the state and local levels. It allows chapters to be proactive rather than reactive in legislation and its positive and negative consequences for golf.
Take Action is a great place to start with tools to find your elected officials and stay up to date on legislative issues impacting golf. You can also follow issues GCSAA is tracking in the Advocacy Hub.
You can also track the activities of the federal government on congress.gov, which is maintained by the Library of Congress. THOMAS features information on all aspects of Congressional activity including legislation and committee information.
Official notices of proposed and final rules and official notices of meetings and hearings by regulatory agencies like the EPA and OSHA are posted daily in the Federal Register.
Your local library is a great place to look for comprehensive information on your state legislature. Many state legislators have created personal web pages that provide their constituents with contact information including a direct link to their e-mail. Most state legislative committees publish schedules or news bulletins. You can ask to be put on the mailing list of committees that work on your issues. State legislatures also have hotlines for the status of bills, committee meetings and legislative activity.
State bill status resources
Legislative process overview
Resource: Bob Searle, past president of Maine GCSA, superintendent at Abenakee Club in Biddeford Pool, Maine