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Budget Hearing: Senate Subcommittee on Education, Business and Administration24
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Meeting in person with your legislator is a wonderful way to cultivate a relationship, personalize your message, and ensure that your legislator knows exactly where you stand on a particular issue.
- Call to make an appointment and be punctual.
- Come prepared. Have three or four key points that you want to discuss clear in your mind. Writing them out beforehand will help.
- Research your legislator's positions on your issues. If you know where your representative stands on the issue, it will be easier to frame your arguments.
- Be on time. Legislators have tight schedules. If you cannot avoid being late, call the office to alert them.
- Dress appropriately. Treat this meeting as any other that requires a professional appearance.
- Have written material to leave with elected officials and their staff. Make sure to include appropriate contact information.
- Introduce yourself as a representative or supporter of ____organization, in ___ (City, County).
- Be brief. You can expect 15-20 minutes. Use specific examples that relate to your organization, community, school, etc., e.g., state funds made this specific program possible and it reached thousands of children; this program assisted in the redevelopment of a downtown area; etc.
- Try to bring legislators into the conversation yourself by asking for their comments and concerns; this will give you a chance to offer your experience and assistance regarding arts-related issues and the opportunity to re-frame your request based on their concerns.
- Be sure to restate your request, asking specifically for their support.
- Whatever the outcome, be sure to thank the official and his/her assistant/s for their time.
- Send a thank you note as a follow-up to your visit.