Legislation targeting mandatory training, certification, adequate funding and retirement benefits ensures that the profession of public safety communications meets defined standards and the high-level expectations of the public. Even though there are similarities, each state has a unique legislative process. The route can be daunting. Protocols must be followed and deadlines must be met. “Learning the ropes” takes time and effort. Seek the advice of those who have experience in your area. Establishing relationships and partnering with all disciplines of public safety strengthens our position and resolve. Each mandate involves some funding, and most cities, counties and states struggle with limited budgets. Clear purpose and justification are required to convince legislators to support legislation and allocate funds.