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Title: Legislative Advocacy: Engaging with State Legislators


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Legislative AdvocacyEngaging with State
Legislators
Updated February 28, 2015
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  • Democracy is not a Spectator Sport
  • It is a Contact Sport

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Engaging with State Legislators
  • Effective Advocacy
  • How to be Heard in Olympia
  • Advocacy Tips Tricks
  • Resources

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Effective Advocacy
  • Be informed
  • about the PROCESS
  • about the ISSUES
  • about the PLAYERS

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Be Informed about the Process
  • How a Bill Becomes Law
  • aka
  • Structured Chaos

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Be Informed about the Issues
  • WASA
  • Web site www.wasa-oly.org
  • Newsletter TWIO This Week in Olympia
  • End of Session Report
  • WSSDA, AWSP, PTA, WEA, OSPI

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Be Informed about the Players
  • Legislators
  • What District?
  • What Committee assignments?
  • Leadership position?
  • Issues of interest/expertise?
  • Personal information occupation, social/civic
    memberships, schools attended, church
    affiliation, hobbies

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Be Informed about the Players
  • Additional Players in the process
  • Legislators personal staff
  • Committee staff
  • Caucus staff
  • Agency liaisons
  • Lobbyists

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How to be Heard in Olympia
  • Contacting your legislators
  • Personal letters
  • Phone calls
  • E-mail
  • Face-to-face meetings
  • Public testimony

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Writing to Your Legislator(s)
  • Tips
  • Think about your timing
  • Stick to one subject
  • Be brief
  • Be positive be polite
  • Ask for action and a response
  • Think about letters from students
  • Avoid form letters
  • Say thank you

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Phoning Your Legislator(s)
  • Tips
  • Ask for legislator or specific assistant (know
    the players)
  • Name, title, school district
  • Focus on one issue/bill
  • State your positionbe prepared to provide
    rationale for position
  • Ask for your legislators position

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E-mailing Your Legislator(s)
  • Tips
  • See tips for writing to your legislator(s)
    (slide 11)
  • AND -
  • Limit e-mail to very short messages or if timing
    is crucial
  • Provide your full postal address (address of
    voter registration)

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Meeting with Your Legislator(s)
  • Tips
  • Schedule meeting well in advance
  • Note subject matter and attendees
  • Do your homework (know the process issues and
    players)
  • Prepare presentation select spokesperson
  • Introduce yourself and/or team

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Meeting with Your Legislator(s)
  • Tips, contd
  • Briefly present your case
  • just the facts avoid emotion
  • note the impacts
  • use visuals
  • Leave one-page summary
  • Follow up with written thank you
  • re-state your position
  • provide answers to questions

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Public Testimony
  • Prior to testifying
  • Prepare your remarks in writing if
    possibleprovide to Committee staff
  • Be punctual to hearing
  • Locate sign-in sheet
  • Sign in with full name and address
  • Note support or opposition to bill
  • Be mindful of amendments or substitutes to your
    bill

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Public Testimony
  • Making your remarks
  • Introduce yourself clearly indicate who youre
    representing, if anyone
  • Be brief and be clear about your position
  • Avoid technical jargon, acronyms
  • Be prepared for questionsbut dont answer if you
    dont know (Ill get back to youAND then
    follow through)

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Advocacy Tips and Tricks
  • Establish an ongoing, personal relationship with
    your legislators
  • Know your legislators staff
  • Keep Association staff informed
  • Collaborate with community groups
  • Attempt to personalize issues with names of
    students, teachers, school buildings, etc.

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Resources
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Websites
  • WASA www.wasa-oly.org
  • Education Associations
  • WSSDA www.wssda.org
  • AWSP www.awsp.org
  • WEA www.washingtonea.org
  • PTA www.wastatepta.org
  • Education Agencies
  • OSPI www.k12.wa.us
  • SBE www.sbe.wa.gov
  • PESB www.pesb.wa.gov
  • Legislative-related
  • Legislature Homepage www.leg.wa.gov
  • Governors Homepage www.governor.wa.gov
  • LEAP (Budget info) http//leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/de
    fault.asp

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Legislative Advocacy Why be Involved?
  • If you dont advocate for your students, your
    district and your staff, who will?
  • You can be sure someone will speak upand they
    may not have the same information, experience or
    position as you.

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  • The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
    is that Good Men Do Nothing
  • -Charles F. Aked (1864-1941)

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WASAs Message
  • An educated citizenry is critical to the states
    democracy a well-educated population is the
    foundation of our democracy, our economy, and the
    American dream
  • Public education plays a critical role in
    promoting equality, operating as the great
    equalizer public education provides unprivileged
    citizens with the tools they need to compete on a
    level playing field with citizens born into
    wealth or privilege

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WASAs Message
  • Education plays a critical role in building and
    maintaining a strong economy public education
    builds the well-educated workforce necessary to
    attract more stable and higher wage jobs to the
    states economy
  • Washingtons duty to education is
    constitutionally declared to be its paramount
    duty
  • In summary Public education is a wise
    investment in the future

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Daniel P. Steele Assistant Executive Director,
Government Relations 825 Fifth Avenue SE Olympia,
WA 98501 360.489.3642 dsteele_at_wasa-oly.org Eng
aging with Legislators Updated February 28, 2015
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