Legislators are busy individuals and do not have extra time to sort through pages and pages of documents. They have little time and need a brief, concise overview of your concerns and what you are proposing needs to be done.
Resource: tobacco control policy
Create an informational tool that you will hand to a legislator about the importance of yourtobacco and control policy and convey a recommended course of legislative action to change public policy that contributes to the greater good of health care. You should identify a representative to send this information. This can be someone working on the legislation or your own local representative.
You can chose the format for this information. The key is being concise and very clear about what you are proposing. It should be know more than one page.
- A letter addressed to the Representative.
- Word Cloud
The key is conveying the importance of the policy. Be creative!
Be sure to keep the following in mind:
- You are convincing them of the validity and necessity of your policy proposal.
- When you are providing your legislator with your information tool, be aware of the impact that special interest groups and other politics will have on the legislator’s decision. These factors will certainly impact the way that your proposal is received by the legislator.
- Consider the relationship of government to the creation of policy and describe how your legislator’s support will assist the creation of the policy for which you are lobbying in your resource.
Use appropriate references so your legislator may understand why he or she should support the potential policy.
Cite any sources consistent with APA guidelines.