Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Notes From October Meeting: Community Issues Forum for the Silver Legislature

Representative Brian Schatz on “Best Ways to Convince Your Legislators”.

 Make an appointment to visit with them before the session begins.
 Develop a personal relationship.
 Be cordial, not angry, confrontational or threatening.
 Know your facts, program. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so. Don’t lie or exaggerate. Tell them you will get back to them with the answer.
 The Legislator’s remarks should not leave the office, although yours may.
 Touch bases with them throughout the session.
 Be nice to the staff. Bring cookies.