Rasoul hosts bill-writing workshop

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) How a bill becomes a law is a mystery to many Virginians, and the thought of proposing legislation intimidating, but last year about 70 people took part when Delegate Sam Rasoul offered a series of workshops called 'You Write The Bill.'

"We wanted to figure out a way to integrate what's called participatory lawmaking," Rasoul told WDBJ7. "How can we have the citizens more involved in helping to write bills that move forward."

Celeste Delgado-Librero says she was skeptical when she first attended the workshop,.

But she says it helped her connect with others who are concerned about their community and showed her how people have the power to change their circumstances.

"It was like one of those fairy tale things," Delgado Librero said, "everything was really good about it, because even if we didn't accomplish much, like my two bills didn't go anywhere, but I got to see how it works, how democracy works."

Rasoul is doing it again, starting Monday night at 6 at the Goodwill Store and Donation Center on Melrose Avenue.

"It's important for people to feel not only that they're involved," Rasoul said, "but to feel that they really understand how the process works."

And he said everyone is welcome regardless of their political affiliation.