HOW TO TIPS – Calling Your Legislator

Make a Call

Contacting your legislator can be as straightforward as making a call. When timing is critical, phone calls are an effective way to let your legislator know whether you support or oppose a bill – especially if a key decision will occur within 72 hours.

 

The Kansas Legislative has a toll-free HOTLINE.

1-800-432-3924

 

The number is operational fromJanuary through May, during the legislative session.

 

Did you know...

Some calls take less than 5 minutes

The phone is often answered by a secretary or staff member. Briefly introduce yourself. Indicate whether you support or oppose a particular bill or issue. Ask that your preference be noted and passed along to the elected official. Thank the secretary or legislator for their consideration. Done!

 

Be Clear and Polite

If you want to brush up on basic facts, go to Legislative tab of the www.kansas-pta.org for information before making the call.

  1. Introduce yourself and share your city and zip code, making clear you are a constituent.
  2. Let your legislator know you are a PTA member. If you have any special credentials, state them. Just the fact that you're associated with a PTA is a credential, but you may have other qualifications to support your opinion.
  3. Briefly state why you are calling, as congressional offices can be busy. Concise calls tend to be effective.
  4. State the bill number of the issue of interest, if you are calling about pending legislation.
  5. Avoid any personal attacks. Stay focused on the issue.
  6. If calling a federal legislator understand that you will likely be speaking to an aide,  not the legislator, but staff people and secretaries are important contacts as well.

 

Ask for Action

 If your legislator supports the issue:

  • Arm him/her with information supporting their position (this will help counteract opposing viewpoints).
  • Give specific examples of the effect of the bill locally.
  • Give your legislator encouragement to maintain support.
  • Ask him/her to contact committee members, talk to undecided colleagues, or co-sponsor legislation.

 If your legislator opposes the issue:

  • Ask him/her to reconsider his/her position
  • Give specific examples of the effects of the bill locally.
  • Give information to support a positive position.
  • Ask your legislator not to propose or support amendments that would hurt the bill’s chances.
  • Don't forget to thank them for taking the time to talk with you.


 


www.kansas-pta.org

Publication of the Kansas PTA Advocacy Team (2011).

Debbie Lawson  debbie@burlislawson.com

Nancy Niles Lusk nnlusk@kc.rr.com

Mary Sinclair, PhDmsinclair1@kc.rr.com