The days are shorter and cooler as we move into Fall. I now realize there are actually four legislative seasons, and I am gearing up for the final push.

We begin each year with the first season, “the Session.” Generally three months of making sausage – as they say, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” The session is time consuming and exhausting, but you know where you will be every day.

About six weeks after Punxsutawney Phil makes his appearance, we move into the “Impression Season.” For the next three months, local patrons want to know how the sausage tastes and if we followed their recipe. We find ourselves attending many meetings with constituents, service clubs and the like, explaining what we accomplished, or not.

Next we move into the “Interim-ission Season.” This is a time when some legislators are attending interim committee meetings and the rest are enjoying more of an intermission. These months generally do not have as many meetings, but that does not mean we are not involved in communications. Email seems to have little respect for the seasons. As the saying goes, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay emails or their phishing expeditions.”

We are now entering “Premonition Season.” This is the season where organizations want to hear about the plans for the coming “Session.” Here is a time when we are asked to predict what we think will be the hot political and economic issues, and the legislative solutions that may follow. I am sure you will be out during the Premonition Season and I look forward to seeing you.

Of course in the even numbered years, like 2014, another season overlays the Impression and Premonition Seasons, that is the Election Season. That is the time when you get to vote on your own impressions and premonitions.

Originally published in the Southern Idaho Republican Women newsletter, October 2013.