What is the Definition of Grassroots Lobbying?
Why Should I Contact My Legislators?
How Do I Contact Legislators?
It used to be that a hand-written letter was best, because it showed that the person cared enough to sit down and write a letter. However, now offices prefer emails and phone calls, especially when the Virginia General Assembly is in session because things move very quickly. Sometimes you will have less than 24 hours’ notice before an important vote!
If you are planning to visit Richmond during session in January and February, you can contact your legislator’s office and ask for an appointment. They will ask which issue you would like to discuss, and chances are, you will meet with a legislative assistant, and not with the legislator directly. During the remainder of the year, mid-March through December, you can schedule a meeting with your legislator in their local district office. Remember, they are there to serve you, the constituent.
Locate your legislator’s information here: http://lis.virginia.gov/201/mbr/MBR.HTM
If you need help determining who your legislators are please visit: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
What Do I Say to Legislators?
If you call their offices, they will usually take a short message and may ask for your contact information. They usually will not need or want to hear an explanation. If you’d like to submit more information, it’s better to send an email, or a hard copy.
Virginia groups such as the Virginia Catholic Conference, Virginia Society for Human Life, and the Family Foundation can also provide you with resources such as your legislator’s voting history, as well as handouts/talking points on key bills and policies that impact the unborn. You should also consider joining their advocacy networks which will keep you up to date on bills and other policy issues facing the Commonwealth during the legislative session and throughout the year, as well as provide you with opportunities to act on important legislation.
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