Could timing be everything when you want to get your legislator’s attention?
When lawmakers are ‘in Session’ they are flooded with constituent requests about current legislation. This is when they are on active duty in their General Assemblies or other governing body. While these advocate efforts can be very effective, it’s often tough for your representatives to really focus and consider your concerns during these timeframes.
If you have the luxury of advance preparation, the golden window to really get top billing in their brains is when they are off Session, or in recess. That’s when they often return to their District offices, and may have more time to slow down and digest your message. They are generally more available to the local community, and usually invested in connecting with their constituents.
It’s an ideal time to introduce new issues, and lay the groundwork for solidifying the deal in the future.
To take advantage of these opportunities, you can watch your state’s calendar on their legislative website, and call ahead to see about booking time for a short chat. The federal legislature has a standing annual August Recess that presents important opportunities to discuss federal bills, as well.
This can also be a great time to simply introduce yourself to your representatives, or further a relationship that you’ve already established. Building those connections when your representatives are not pulled in so many different directions is a smart strategic move, and positions you well for a better reception when there is an active bill you want to promote. You’ll stand out from the masses who bombard them during Session, and that gives you power as an advocate.
Want to get in on the action for August Recess? Every year, You’re the Cure advocates visit the District Offices of their congressional representatives when they are home for their break. Our National team picks a federal issue that needs an extra push, and prepares all the materials needed. Advocates can either drop off materials, or book a short meeting.
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As always, do let us know when you’ve reached out to your legislators about any You’re the Cure issues.
Thank you for your efforts!