Communicate and Offer Your Assistance Regularly during Session. Keep legislators and their staff apprised of when a bill affecting your city or organization is scheduled to be heard in one of their committees.
Lawmakers in both the House and Senate hear and vote on hundreds of bills each session. They also sit on multiple committees. This means it is virtually impossible for them or their staff to read, much less follow every bill they will hear. This is where you can become an invaluable resource and play a role in helping them make informed decisions.
Send them and their staff an email before they will hear a bill you’re following in an upcoming committee meeting. Below is an example you can use verbatim.
I’m just checking in to see if you or your staff need any further information as you prepare to hear bill # in the (name of committee) committee on (date).
Just to reiterate the impact of bill # on our (city/business community/members) – Tell your local story here.
Thank you for your service, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you and your staff.
Your Name, Title
Legislative District #
Your Partner in Advocacy…Kathy