In person meeting-either at the capitol, or a meeting in district.

  • Call for an appointment in advance, and be on time.
  • Plan for a maximum of 15 minutes, be prepared for less than 10. Be concise.
  • Do your homework…know what you’re asking for-support or oppose a bill.
  • Stay focused on your message-what do you want out of the meeting.
  • Provide input/information/ you opinion-and why.  Stories that demonstrate your point are helpful.
  • Ask for their support/opposition….do they need additional information.
  • Always tell the truth, if you don’t know - say so, and get back to them with the information.
  • Be polite, don’t threaten, be respectful.
  • Remember the Golden Rule-treat others, as you would like to be treated.
  • Allow time for questions/discussion.
  • Thank them for the visit.
  • Follow up with a personal mailed note.

Letters are an important tool to communicate with Legislators. Legislators keep correspondence that is directed in the file with the bill the letter is addressing.

  • Be clear at the top of the letter what the bill number is, or the concept that is being address.
  • One topic per letter.
  • Be clear, concise, and provide examples.
  • Include your contact information-phone, email, etc.
  • Form letters carry little weight

Emails need to be clear, brief, focused with the topic in the subject line e.g. support Senate bill XXXX.

  • Many of the same rules for letters also apply with emails.
  • Make your communication personal-provide facts, or specific information.
  • When sending an email, do not include multiple legislators on the sent line…spam filters will frequently flag those emails. One email per legislator.
  • Form emails carry little weight
  • Always include your contact information in your email.