Meeting in person with lawmakers is the most effective means of advocacy. Here are some tips
to help you prepare:
1. Always schedule an appointment in advance.
Time is valuable in legislative offices. Contact the office in advance to arrange a meeting—do not drop by and expect to meet with someone. It is best to email your meeting request and to follow up with a phone call and fax. Due to legislators’ busy schedules, meetings are often reassigned to staff.
2. Prepare thoroughly for your meeting.
Do your homework before meeting with your legislators. Visit their websites to find out about their policy interests and voting records. Particularly, find out how they have voted in the past on your issues, be aware of their party leadership’s stance on the issues, and know committee assignments.