State Rep. Angel to discuss Legislative session in 'virtual' town meeting
February 3, 2010 · Updated 4:27 PM
Nearly midway into the current legislative session Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard) is holding a telephone town hall meeting to discuss this year’s pending bills and other issues related to state government.
“I want to know what people in the district are thinking about,” Angel said of the event. “When you are in the gray, marble walls of Olympia you can lose touch with what is going on outside. I look at this as a way to stay in touch with people both inside and outside my district.”
At 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 30,000 homes in the 26th District will receive automatic phone calls with a direct link into the meeting. At the same time, interested parties from any location can call in and participate.
“I’m really excited to use this new technology to reach out to citizens in the 26th District and hear their views on the issues they care about,” Angel said. “The technology works much like a call-in radio show. The interactive telephone system gives residents the ability to listen to a live conversation, ask questions and take part in poll questions.”
Angel, who is in the second year of her first term, said she is better equipped for this year’s session than the previous.
“It’s been much easier now that I have one year under my belt,” she said. “Having a district office open since after last year’s session has better prepared me to address the issues, because it has kept me closer to the public.”
The meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 9. Those who do not receive an invitation can call (877) 229-8493, and enter the PIN code 15472 when prompted. Once on the line, participants may select *3 on their telephone keypad to ask a question.
“This is a great way to communicate with people about these issues," said Angel. “I encourage everyone to pick up the phone and be a part of our community conversation. It's a free call, fun and interesting, and a way to make your voice heard about issues affecting state government and the 26th District.”