LobbyingLobbying is one of the best ways to advocate and make a change. You have a lot more power than you realize!
Building a Relationship With Your Legislators
Here's a guide on how to build relationships with legislators to strengthen advocacy!
Step 1: Legislation that interests you
Step 2: Contact your legislator
Step 3: Speaking with your legislator
Step 4: Meeting with your legislator
Step 5: The conversation
Step 6: Asking for support
Step 7: Following up
Step 8: Repeat
Know Your Legislation
Do's and Don'ts of Lobbying
- Be truthful to gain respect.
- Be direct, brief, to the point, and curteous.
- Address representatives properly.
- Display knowledge of both sides of the issue.
- Admit if you do not know an answer, but will follow up with additional accurate information.
- Be willing to compromise.
- Show interest in the legislator's staff.
- Follow up the visit with a thank you note, email, or phone call.
- Be dishonest.
- Be disrespectful, argumentative, rude, threatening, or intimidating.
- Wait untill the last minute before a bill is heard before writing.
- Be vague or overload legislators with too much information (one visit-one issue).
- Assume they know the issue you are talking about.
- Give up if your concern has not been fully addressed.