steps to pass legislaion | Legislators - why you should care
Elements of successful advocacy
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
- They control the purse strings - $$$$$$$$
- They establish programs
- They enact requirements
- They provide oversight
- Know your legislature
- how it works, who has the power - they are all different.
LEGISLATORS ARE GENERALISTS
- Most legislators are generalists - agriculture, aging, health,
labor, human services, transportation, etc.
are the expert - it is your job to educate them about the realities
of your work, issues, challenges.
- You are the information resource
- You are the advocate
THEIR ATTENTION -
- Magnitude of the issue
- complex, multi-year commitment.
- Systems - Medicaid, housing, transportation, etc.
- Workforce capacity
- Competing needs and demands
- Lack of awareness
- Lack of thorough understanding
CHALLENGES - DECISION MAKING
- Multiple departments
- Multiple committees and categorical bills
- Line-item budget
- Unanticipated consequences
THEIR ATTENTION - DRIVING FORCES
- Constituent needs
- The " Olmstead Case
- Local Challenges
- Budget Factors
- The "right" thing to do
- Lessons from other states.
DO YOU GET STARTED
Identify your goals - What are they?
You have to start from where you are
- identify your strengths
- identify your barriers
- identify solutions
cannot get there if you don't know where you're going
- Get involved - year round
- Be accurate, reliable, honest, concise and vigilant
- Build relationships early
- Offer to be a resource
- Be inclusive of others
- Have written material
- Personalize the issue
you don't count
- Mislead or give false information
- Make enemies
- Be too narrowly focused
- Refuse to compromise
- Go on and on
- Give up From Martha King, National Conference of State Legislatures