At the heart of the Association’s lobbying strategy is the grassroots involvement of members in every corner of the state. Although WEA Lobbyists play a key role during the session, legislators want–and need–to hear how their actions will impact children and education back home.
Lobbying isn’t hard–and it can be fun. You don’t have to be an expert on school finance, or anything else, but you are the expert on how legislation will affect your students and your school.
Here are some tips for effective lobbying:
- Keep on top of the issues by regularly visiting our Web site and by subscribing to our electronic newsletter.
- The most effective member-lobbyists are those who have developed a personal relationship with their legislators. Plan to keep in touch throughout the session via letters, phone calls, or personal visits when they are home for the weekend.
- If you plan to meet with your legislator at the Capitol during the legislative session, please let us know so that we can bring you up to date on all of the latest developments. Contact Government Relations Director Ken Decaria.
Personal letters are always appreciated. Remember to stick to only one or two issues at a time, provide real-life personal examples, and be polite. Also, don’t forget to carefully proofread your letter. Send your letter, addressed simply to: “Dear Rep.” (fill in the name) or “Dear Sen.” (fill in the name), and mail to: Wyoming House or Senate, State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY, 82002.