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Be Prepared, Be Polite, Be Persistent Presented by Mary Griffith, MN, RN To advance and promote professional nursing in Arizona
Lobbying is the art of persuading an elected official to vote a particular way. Nurses, with their remarkable communication skills, are well suited to this activity.
Be Prepared Be Polite Be Persistent
Look up on ALIS Arizona Legislative Information System
Research your topic – read the bill Know for and against arguments See AzNA Public Policy Pages for information and links to resources
Effectiveness of media varies with the legislator You have the most influence with legislators from your own district Use correct titles when addressing a legislator Use your own words Explain personal, business or political connections in regard to the issue State your position clearly
Address your legislator properly Be brief and to the point, the use of positive language is recommended Be courteous and reasonable Don’t apologize for your efforts Don‘t be rude or threatening
Write, call or Use your own words and stationery Be brief and to the point, use positive language One issue at a time. Write and say so when your legislator does something you appreciate.
◦ Make an appointment ◦ Dress in a business-like manner i.e. suit, matching tops and pants, no “skin”, no blue jeans ◦ Be on time and leave on time ◦ Participate in small talk but resist efforts by the legislator to “fog” with friendly chat ◦ Give the legislator materials describing your issue ◦ Ask the legislator to state their position on your issue i.e. “Can I count on your vote of support? “ ◦ Leave a business card ◦ Write a thank you note
Legislators listen best to their own voters. Tell them if you are from their district. Use various modes to communicate, always sign or leave your name. Make yourself visible by arranging for a meeting, attending fundraisers, or attending a hearing and introducing yourself during a break. Thank them when they do something you like.