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SpeakEasy Online Town Hall

New online community engagement uses LawMaker platform

Kansas City is partnering with LawMaker to pilot a new citywide civic engagement effort. LawMaker is a free online tool that gives KC residents an easy way to get involved in city policymaking. It’s also a great way for our government to hear new policy ideas directly from our residents.

Mayor Lucas is issuing a 30-day policymaking challenge to the entire city from June 1-June 30, 2020. The Challenge will focus on how we can make our city stronger after the coronavirus pandemic.

Signing up for the LawMaker Challenge is a two-step process:

  • Visit the LawMaker site now to sign up. LawMaker will verify your identity by asking for your name and voter registration address and checking the voter rolls. If you are not registered to vote, LawMaker will send you a verification postcard in the mail (postcard will take 3-5 days to arrive after you sign up).
  • Mayor Lucas’ policy challenge will be activated on LawMaker at 8 a.m. on June 1, 2020. You will be notified by email and you’ll have one month to take part in the policy challenge.

On June 1, once the challenge is active, here’s how you participate:

  1. Propose a policy under one of the 4 categories: Small Business Support, Economic Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, and Public Health Access.
  2. Share your policy with your neighbors, friends, and family on social media, asking them to sign up and upvote your policy.
  3. Keep sharing and earning upvotes to make sure your policy has the most support in its category by the conclusion of the Challenge, June 30, 5 p.m. CST.

Mayor Lucas commits to take substantive political action on the top proposal in each category.

The city is partnering with Lawmaker as a pilot, to help determine if this will become the city’s new virtual town hall for policymaking. This is one way to meet the challenges of staying apart, while still working together to move the city forward.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!