AMAC’s advocacy affiliate, AMAC Action, has been very involved in key issues in the states throughout the first quarter of 2023. Working at the behest of the AMAC membership, AMAC Action focused on election integrity, ESG, healthcare, and parental rights issues in state legislatures across America.
Any advocacy organization is only as good as the engagement of the people it attempts to call to action. Fortunately, the AMAC membership is highly engaged, motivated, and educated on the issues. They remain truly a blessing to work with, and their involvement in advocacy campaigns is clearly responsible for the success AMAC Action has experienced thus far this year.
In a flurry of activity, 21 advocacy campaigns have been executed so far this year with many taking place in individual states. The AMAC membership has collectively sent hundreds of thousands of messages to state lawmakers urging support or opposition for specific legislation. Here are some of the results of these efforts:
When the Kentucky state House was being pressured by the transgender community to reject a bill that would allow parental engagement in the decision-making process regarding a student’s access to sexual materials that may be inappropriate or harmful to minors, AMAC members in the Bluegrass State responded. They flooded their state representatives with strong support for the bill that establishes a grievance process in which parents and guardians may participate to ensure that their concerns about inappropriate school materials are validated and heard.
According to one lawmaker, opposition to the bill was ugly, with the transgender movement accusing legislators of having “blood on their hands” if inappropriate materials were removed from school curriculums. However, despite the maliciousness of the opposition and due in part to the support from AMAC members, the bill passed and was sent to the Governor.
In 2022, tens of thousands of Democrats and unaffiliated voters switched parties on election day to influence Wyoming’s Republican primary. While they were unsuccessful in the congressional race, the down-ballot impact of crossover voting is obvious when examining the make-up of the Wyoming state legislature, which residents feel is dominated by “RINOs”.
The Wyoming legislature introduced a bill to address this crossover voting and the legislation would prevent voters from switching party affiliation within 96 days of the primary election. AMAC members sent hundreds of messages in support of the bill to the Wyoming state Senate and the Governor and helped to get the bill passed and enacted.
AMAC members contacted their state representatives to voice their unwavering support for a bill that would outlaw ranked-choice voting which is a confusing election process that could skew voting tabulations and disenfranchise voters. AMAC members in the Gem State helped to pass legislation that does not permit ranked-choice voting for local, state, or federal elections.
While the Governor of Utah may be celebrating the introduction of a new state flag, AMAC members in the Beehive State made sure that there will be no ranked-choice voting for primary elections there. A bill that would have allowed this process was set aside in the Senate after AMAC members inundated the chamber with hundreds of messages opposing ranked-choice voting. Utah’s legislative session ended in early March, ending the threat of ranked-choice voting for this year.
State legislative sessions are typically short, lasting just a few months, although larger states may be in session year ‘round. Some states legislatures where AMAC Action has advocacy campaigns pending are still in session and we’ll report the results of those efforts as they become available.
We would not be able to describe these successes were it not for the caring engagement of the AMAC membership. AMAC Action is grateful to partner with them and provide a platform to amplify their voice.
Andrew Mangione is Senior Vice President of AMAC Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit conservative advocacy organization, created to serve as the advocacy affiliate of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC). He also serves an AMAC national spokesperson.
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