As part of our broader vision for everyday people to be more active in policy-making, the Law Center is convening and supporting the work of 3 stakeholder-led policy teams in 2018!
Policy teams consist of:
- A group that consists of majority stakeholders directly affected by the proposed law. For example, if we are to pass a law affecting chicken farms, we’ll engage at least 3 chicken farmers on the Team.
- 1-3 staff or volunteers from the Law Center.
A Policy Team commits to:
- A clear decision-making process
- Respond in a timely manner to request to approve changes to the law
- Attend one Team meeting per month in person or virtually, in order to plan and strategize
- Working closely with the impacted community and incorporating input from stakeholders outside of the team
- At least some team members will travel 1-3 times to meet with legislators or attend hearings
Sustainable Economies Law Center provides:
- Assistance with legal research and legislative drafting
- Project coordinator - Coordination, facilitation, and hosting of Policy Team meetings (such as a 2018 team of interns, each assigned to help coordinate a policy team)
- Being available to answer questions and make suggestions on campaign strategy
- Providing 1-3 short trainings to the cohort of Policy Teams about DIY Policymaking Basics, CA Legislative Process, and other trainings on the “essentials.”
Provide 1-3 short trainings tailored to the Policy Team’s issues and needs. Topics could include:
- Specific area of law addressed by the campaign
- Legislative process and strategy
Policy Team Success Story!
Worker Cooperative Policy Group Successfully Passes New Law
In November 2017, a team of worker cooperative members, stewarded by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, successfully amended California State's worker's compensation law in favor of worker cooperatives. The law, SB 189, includes a provision that allows cooperatives to claim exemption from workers' compensation requirements under certain conditions.
The cooperative exemption in SB 189 was crafted with significant input from a group of worker cooperative members who responded to a workers’ compensation campaign call put out by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Participants of the policy working group came from seven different worker cooperatives, including The Cheese Board, Drought Smart Cooperative, Niles Pie Company, Three Stone Hearth, Arizmendi Bakery, Home Green Home, and Echo Adventure Team.
Read more details here.