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Lobbying 101

 

Media Presentations

• How a Bill becomes a Law: An animated 3 minute video called “Just a Bill”.

How a Bill Really Becomes a Law: A narrated 16 minute video from ANA called "Schoolhouse Crock" which addresses the importance of public participation in law-making.
Click here to view the video "How to Lobby" on grassroots lobbying featuring two AzNA members.

 

Basic Rules for Communicating with Your Legislator

  • Write, call or e-mail. Effectiveness of any media varies with the legislator.
  • Address your legislator properly. e.g "How do you do, Senator/Representative X "
  • Be brief and to the point. The use of positive language is recommended.
  • Use your own words and your own stationery.
  • Include your address and sign your name legibly. You may identify yourself as a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Explain any personal, business or political connection in regard to the issue.
  • Be courteous and reasonable.
  • Write early in the session if you wish to have something incorporated into legislation.
  • You have the most influence with legislators from your own district.
  • Write when your legislator does something you appreciate.
  • Begin your letter with "As one of your constituents.."
  • Don’t apologize for writing.
  • Don’t be rude or threatening.
  • Don’t be so vague that the legislator has no idea what your stand is.
  • If you disagree with your legislator, don’t write to one from another district.
  • Don’t write to members in one house while the bill is being heard in the other one.

When meeting face to face:

  • make an appointment
  • dress in a business-like manner
  • be on time and leave on time
  • give the legislator materials describing your issue
  • leave a business card
  • write a thank-you note

 




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