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Lobby Day Training NC MEDICAID EXPANSION LOBBY DAY Wednesday, June 4
Lobby Day Training Agenda Why We Lobby Different Ways to Lobby Lobby Day Tips Your Lobby Visits Practice, Practice, Practice!
Why Do We Lobby? Draw attention to important issues. Lobbying is a critical part of our democracy. Your views are important and our voices matter. You are the expert about the impact of legislation and policy on your community. Story-telling is powerful.
How You Can Help Influence Legislation Sign a petition or “take action” on-line Testify at committee hearing Write a LTE or blog post Speak by phone with legislative aide Write a personalized letter or email to your representative Meet face-to-face meetings with your representative
Potential Lobby Day Scenarios Meet face-to face with your representative Meet with legislative staff Talk briefly with legislative aide “Sorry we missed you” leave-behind
Before Your Visit Do your homework Know your issue Get to know your representative Be prepared – practice speaking Be brief, clear and to the point. Don’t be afraid to be passionate! Get Inspired What brought you here today? Why is this issue important to you?
During Your Visit Be polite, professional and respectful Connect with your representative Be concise Make the issue real Paint the big picture and the small picture
During Your Visit Admit what you don’t know Know the other side’s arguments & have a response Make a specific, clear request and ask for an answer Know your next steps
How will they respond? Supportive Ask what you can do to help, what info they need Opposed Listen Try to find common ground Thank them and move on Undecided Ask probing questions Share your story Follow-up
After Your Visit Follow-up each visit with a “thank you” Make sure to include legislative staff Phone, e-mail or handwritten letter Follow through on any next steps Provide additional information Answer questions Why is this important? Helps develop a relationship with legislator Allows you to have you message heard one more time