make yourself heard
In August, legislators will return to their home districts and meet with constituents. Chapter leaders and members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with their elected officials and schedule these visits now. Your voice is essential because legislators want to hear from you, their constituents. While legislators are in their home offices during August recess, schedule a visit and meet face-to-face. Members play a critical role in furthering MOAA’s legislative objectives.
To assist you in preparing for these meetings, MOAA has developed all the tools you’ll need for success. Go to www.moaa.org/augustrecess to get information about contacting your elected officials, review fact sheets, and find talking points on key issues. Preparation for this meeting is key to its success. Here are some tips:
• Familiarize yourself with MOAA’s positions on significant issues that might arise. Visit http://capwiz.com/moaa/home/ for legislative campaigns, contact information for elected officials, and much more.
• Know a legislator’s position on those issues, and be aware of committee assignments and major legislation in which the legislator has shown particular interest. Call MOAA’s Member Service Center at (800) 234-MOAA (6622) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest status on an issue, a legislator’s co-sponsorship status, and advice on how you might approach a legislator.
• Make sure a legislator understands the purpose of a visit before a meeting. Every lawmaker deals with a wide variety of legislative issues and cannot be expected to be an expert on all of them.
• Become acquainted with the legislator’s local office staff, especially those with responsibility in areas of interest to MOAA members. Don’t consider it a put-down if you don’t get to visit a legislator in person. They are busy and rely on staff for advice.