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The most effective way to convey your views to your local legislators and positively affect the outcome of the legislation is to first invite them to visit your Assisted Living Community. This provides a wonderful opportunity for them to learn more about Assisted Living, and meet the residents living in their respective districts.
If this is not possible, you may consider scheduling a visit with them either in their office or home district. Although a face-to-face visit may be time consuming, it is often the best way to ensure great results. Personal visits tend to put a human face and perspective to Assisted Living in Colorado.
When scheduling a visit, call your local legislator’s office and request an appointment. If they are unavailable, ask to meet with a member of their staff who handles the issue. When meeting with the lawmaker or staffer, point out how the pending legislation will affect your Assisted Living Community, your residents and their families, your employees, and the district as a whole. Personal stories can help achieve greater results. When possible, you will want to invite the local media. Your local legislators will appreciate the coverage. Remember to always be polite, and follow-up with a personal letter thanking the lawmaker for their time, and offering future assistance if necessary.
If your time is limited, or you need to get in touch with your legislator immediately, it’s time to place a phone call. Your call will more than likely last less than a minute, and you may not even speak with your legislator directly, so in order to maximize your effectiveness consider these tips:
Also, it is always a good idea to have a prepared message on hand in the event that neither your legislator nor their legislative aide is available to take your call (Writing it in advance is always helpful.) Be sure to speak slowly and clearly, leaving your name, address and reason for your call.
A letter can make a difference. Legislators often say that as few as ten letters from their constituents on any issue is enough to make them STOP and take notice. In addition, personally written letters are most effective, and they allow you to present your position without interruption. Your letter should contain the following components:
A brief statement identifying the issue and/or bill number of concern
An explanation of why you are interested in/concerned about this particular issue and/or bill
A personal statement about how the issue and/or bill will affect you, your Assisted Living Community, your residents and their families, your staff, and the district as a whole.
FACTS, including supporting information and data reinforcing your stated position
An invitation to contact you to discuss the issue and/or bill in more detail
A request for reply if one is necessary
A statement of appreciation for the consideration of your position Colorado legislature contact information can be found at: Click Here for Legislative Contact Information
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