To April Young, one of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of her job is watching lawmakers pass legislation without understanding the potential impact on their constituents. “A lot of times it’s just about going with the party line, not about the facts,” says Young, the government affairs manager for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, the Carrollton, Texas-based parent of the T.G.I. Friday’s and Pick Up Stix brands. Still, Young doesn’t feel it’s her role to lobby ...

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