Legislators are elected to represent your views. They act on behalf of their constituency. Even if your legislator does not currently support your position, contacting them and voicing your concerns is a good way to put your issue on their radar screen. The makeup of the Indiana General Assembly, consists of 100 Representatives serving 2-year terms and 50 Senators serving 4-year terms.
Here Are Some Tips When Communicating With Legislators
- Be specific;
- Plan out your remarks;
- Ask for action;
- Solicit support from your legislator;
- Tell the truth;
- Be respectful;
- When referencing specific bills, use the number and complete description
You should try to be clear and courteous when contacting your elected official. Being factual will help present your view in a real way without misrepresenting details. You can write a letter or schedule an in-person meeting. Also, if your issue is imminent or time sensitive, contacting your legislator quickly by phone or e-mail can be effective.
How To Find Out Who Represents You In Your Area
Being a well-informed constituent will show your legislator that you mean business. Legislators and their staff are much more receptive once they know they’re talking to a constituent (not to mention, a voter). If you’re not sure who to contact to voice your opinion, use this link.
If you’re not experienced at writing a letter to your official, you can use this template.
(Month) (Day) (Year)
The Honorable (First name) (Last name)
(Room Number), State Capitol
Indianapolis, IN (Zip Code)
RE: (state the topic or include the bill number, author and subject if you are writing to support
or oppose a particular legislative bill)
Dear (Assembly Member/Senator) (Last name):
My name is (your first and last name) and I am a regional center consumer (family member
/service provider/advocate/community member) who resides in your district.
(State why you support or oppose the bill or other issue here. Choose up to three of the
strongest points that support your position and state them clearly.)
(Include a personal story. Tell your representative why the issue is important to you and how it
affects you, your family member and your community.)
(Tell your representative how you want her or him to vote on this issue and ask for a response.
Be sure to include your name and address on both your letter and envelope.)
SIGN YOUR NAME
Print your name
City, State, Zip code