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Find out how to stay up-to-date with legislative happenings this session.
(Published Jan 7, 2013)
Does legislative advocacy seem like something you just don’t have the time or budget for? Or perhaps you just don’t know where to start? Well, we’ve got good news for you! There are many simple things you can do—without spending a lot of time and money—to stay tuned to what’s happening at the Capitol during this session, which begins on Jan. 8.
1. Get Informed
The 15-Minute Advocate is a timely tool for city officials who wish to advocate on behalf of their communities. During the legislative session, The 15-Minute Advocate provides basic, key information on an issue. Articles are written when pressing issues warrant particular messages or action by our members.
Members will be encouraged to personalize and localize the impacts of an issue on their residents and city, and then to take a specific action. Regardless of the issue, the goal is to provide information that members can read, consider, and take action on in 15 minutes or less.
2. Take Action
Many legislators’ districts were recently changed by redistricting, and they are still getting to know their new constituents. Simply letting your legislators know that you are with the city of ___ could come in handy later when they may want to ask for your perspective on an idea for legislation.
Take a minute to call (yes, call) or email your state senator and representative to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself and your city, and to offer yourself as a resource on local issues. Be sure to provide legislative staff with your name, phone number, and email address for convenient correspondence.
You probably share stories about your city every day as you explain issues and changes to your residents. Getting to know your legislator is no different. Explain the ways in which their decisions in St. Paul will affect your community.
3. Stay Involved
Now that you’ve taken the first steps and reconnected with your legislators, consider these other tools to help you stay up-to-date on the issues that impact your city:
You are your city’s best advocate. Let your legislators know it by taking one step this legislative session to build that relationship with them.
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