State Sen. Jerry Hill's eighth annual "Oughta Be a Law ... or Not" contest, where people are invited to suggest ideas for new state legislation, is open.
"Here's a great opportunity for constituents to share their outstanding ideas and get a firsthand look at democracy in action," Sen. Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, said in an announcement.
The contest is open to all constituents of the 13th Senate District, which includes the cities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Woodside and parts of unincorporated San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Residents can submit ideas aimed at either improving the quality of life in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and/or the state of California. Ideas can be for the creation of a new law, or the repeal or revision of laws already in placed.
Sen. Hill will select a winner and introduce the idea as legislation. The winner will have the opportunity to testify in Sacramento at hearings on the legislation.
Past winners have testified on behalf of their bill idea in Assembly or Senate committees, and many have also had their bill ideas signed into law.
For a list of past winners, visit sd13.senate.ca.gov.
To get an application, call Sen. Hill's district office at 650-212-3313 or visit sd13.senate.ca.gov. Applications can be emailed to Senator.Hill@senate.ca.gov, faxed to 650-212-3320, or mailed to the district office, at 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303, San Mateo, CA 94402. Proposals must be received by Jan. 15, 2016. The deadline to introduce bills for the 2016 legislative year is Feb. 19.