At each level of government, there is a process for enacting legislation and policy. Local government enacts ordinances that govern counties, cities, and townships. The state legislature enacts statutes that impact the entire state. Congress enacts laws that apply to each state across the nation. In many cases, advocates find that they are most successful on the local and state levels.

Local Government

Local governments affect our lives in many ways. Local government officials are charged with the administration of a particular town, county or district, with representatives elected by those who live there. From providing police and fire services to operating parks and libraries, local government touches many facets of our daily lives. Local governments can also regulate businesses located within their jurisdiction, including establishing ordinances that impact people with hearing loss.

State Government

The state legislature is responsible for making and amending state laws. The “upperR