Get involved in your local politics. Befriend a State Assemblyman or State Senator. Setting up the initial meeting could be a hassle but once you meet with them, be factual and state your case. Also if you know other herpers, their names could be helpful. Politicians look to help "blocks" of voters in hopes that these people will help re elect them. Also, politicians are always looking for legislative issues to set themselves apart from those running against them. They want to show how they "help" their constituents.