Adult Adoptees Advocating for Change

Reform => Reform => Topic started by: Melinda on May 05, 2007, 09:46:27 am



Title: HOW TO MAKE PROGRESS WITH A LEGISLATOR
Post by: Melinda on May 05, 2007, 09:46:27 am
LEGISLATORS DON'T WORK ALONE...THEY WORK WITH STAFF. A LEGISLATOR MAY OPPOSE THE BILL OF ADOPTEE RIGHTS BUT THE STAFF WHO ARE IN FAVOR ALONG WITH CONSTITUENTS CAN GET THE LEGISLATOR TO CHANGE HIS OR HER STANCE. HOW TO MAKE PROGRESS WITH A LEGISLATOR IS TO GET A GROUP OF 3 TO 5 CONSTITUENTS AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE. YOU CAN LOBBY LOCALLY AS WELL...IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT.....AND MONEY TOO.....LOBBYING IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET A BILL PASSED.....


Title: Re: HOW TO MAKE PROGRESS WITH A LEGISLATOR
Post by: Addie Pray on May 05, 2007, 09:58:30 am
Another way to make some progress, provided you are willing to be identified with a political party, is too put yourself in a position to be able to approach the legislators themselves.

I am an unapologetic Democrat, I have become involved with the party, it gives you lots of access to both the reps and their staff at a fairly close level.  I think it helps to put a real face on things.  They feel like they have to talk to you, if you are helping them out to keep their job.  It also allows some personalization of adoptee issues for those that might not have a personal reference, they actually know someone who is an adoptee, that wants their records.  You are not a special interest, you are a person.

Now, I'm from a small district, and an even smaller county, that makes this stuff easier than it would for someone from a larger area, but I feel it has helped.  It also helps in making you "known" to reps from other districts. 

Sure you have to be less direct, but when bills come up and their are questions, you are someone they are going to either ask, or listen to when you offer an opinion.