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Assemblymember Haney Announces “There Oughta Be a Law” Bill Ideas Contest

Winner with the best legislative bill idea invited to Sacramento to testify at the State Capitol

For immediate release:

San Francisco– Assemblymember Matt Haney (D-San Francisco) announced the start of the “There Oughta Be a Law,” contest—an opportunity for San Franciscans to participate in the legislative process and submit creative bill ideas. Haney recently kicked off the launch of the competition at two local high schools, Mission High School and June Jordan School for Equity. (See video recap here)

“San Francisco was one of the first cities in the country to allow residents to directly vote on laws, making voter engagement and participation a core aspect of being a San Franciscan,” said Haney. “This program gives our residents, and especially our youth an opportunity to propose new state legislation that will impact the lives of 38.9 million Californians.”

Proposals can vary from local community improvements, statewide reform, entirely new policies, or revisions to existing laws. 

“This contest is the first of its kind in San Francisco and contest winners are invited to Sacramento for a tour of the State Capitol and will have an opportunity to testify on behalf of their bill at a formal hearing. But the real prize is knowing that your idea has the potential of becoming law across California,” said Haney.

Online submissions are available here and proposals must be received by January 1, 2023. This contest is open to all San Franciscans and students are especially encouraged to apply.