Steps to Create a DPR
- Create a working group of concerned individuals or organizations.
- Be involved with your local government. Attend city council and/or county commission meetings so you become familiar with how the process for you particular community government works. Understanding how items are brought up at meetings, or how they are discussed, is necessary during this process. Read More
- Encourage supporters to attend the meeting. Usage of Facebook invites, or simple E-vites, is a great way to communicate with the community, and reach a large audience and generates excitement.
- Having a visual aide, such as asking those who plan to attend the meeting to wear red so you stand out, or wear buttons with a slogan such as “YES 4 DPR”, is a good way to bring attention to your group.
- Encourage supporters to share their stories of why the DPR is important to them or their families.
- Take notes during the meeting, particularly of any objections raised, so you may address them if necessary.
- Once the issue has been presented and opened for public comment, meet with your working group and compare notes.
- Continue to communicate with the council and find out if they will be formally presenting a proposal to be discussed and voted on.
- Obtain copies of any proposed ordinances even if they are in a drafting stage.