CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS

When time is short, calling your legislator is a simple and effective way of making sure your concerns are heard. A quick call that gets right to the point in a courteous manner is an easy and good strategy for weighing-in on issues that matter to you.

Following are some tips for calling your legislator:

  • Identify yourself as a constituent. Constituent phone calls carry the most weight with legislators.
     

  • Don’t expect to talk to the legislator directly. Most calls are taken by a legislator’s staff person.
     

  • State the reasons you are calling and the action you want your legislator to take. Keep it simple. Give a brief description of the issue of or a bill and bill number. You may find it helpful to have a couple of talking points in front of you to help you stay focused and make sure you don’t forget anything.
     

  • Be concise. Keep your call focused on one issue with two or three key points supporting the issue. The call should be brief – usually only a couple of minutes.
     

  • Always be courteous! Never threaten or use abusive language.
     

  • Request follow-up. Leave your name and contact information with the staff person in case they have any questions or wish to follow-up with you later.