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Write Your Lawmaker

Writing a letter only takes a few minutes and is a most effective way to make your point with both state and federal lawmakers. When lawmakers receive enough letters on a particular issue, lawmakers listen.

Unless they hear from you, many legislators are not aware of how strongly their constituents feel about a particular issue. Your words can sway them and help them to understand why an issue is important to those that they represent.

A letter with the best intentions can become its own worst enemy if it becomes bogged down with irrelevant and needless rhetoric. Your letter, even if it is about a very special problem, must compete for attention with dozens of other letters received daily. It is to your benefit to write your letter clearly and concisely. Make it easy for your reader to learn your views or understand the problem you need help with.

Address your letter with “The Honorable” followed by his or her name. Open the letter with “Dear Senator” or “Dear Representative” and their name.

A handwritten or neatly typed letter is best. Legibility is key. Form letters, photocopies, and preprinted postcards are less valuable and may not receive individual responses.

Be sure to include your home address so that the legislator realizes that the letter is from a constituent. Also be sure a return address appears on the letter in case the envelope is discarded.

A one-page letter is more likely to be read than a longer one.

If possible, refer to legislation either by its bill number or by its popular name in the first paragraph of your letter.

Discuss only one issue in your letter. Focus and direction ensures that your letter will be seen by the right staff member. Be courteous.

Ask the lawmaker to do something specific, for example, ask him or her to vote for a particular amendment, request hearings or co-sponsor a bill.

Explain how this issue affects you, your business, the community, the state, and particularly the economy. Facts and numbers are highly recommended if possible and appropriate.

People tend to remember a good short story told from the heart better than a ream of facts. Let your lawmaker know why the issue matters to you.

One Comment
  1. Ariel A Rodriguez permalink
    November 30, 2008 10:47 pm

    Creation of a new bill to stop the war against fathers.

    This bill provides that in awarding joint physical care to parents under the dissolution of marriage chapter, joint physical care may be awarded to both parents based upon a request by either during the proceedings on the initial dissolution petition or during the proceedings on a modification of the original custody order. the bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a request for joint physical care by either parent is in the best interest of the child, places the burden of proof to rebut the presumption on the party denying that and requires such party to demonstrate that joint physical care is in the best interest of the child by clear and convincing evidence.
    Hopping this will Change the prospective in how the world is seen us as the grates civilization of broken homes. Bases on family values that are been violated by the courts and the Family law corrupt system. looking forward to meet you, and finally with this bill put and end to what I like to call the american family suicide.

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