Contacting your legislator and discussing issues is an important attribute of nurse leaders. The letter to lawmakers must be positive and nonpartisan, personal, persistent, patient, focused on your message, and provide accurate information.
- The issue: I oppose “AB-1422 Health facilities: critical care units: bed designation program flexibility.”
The following guidelines should be used when writing to your representative:
- 1. Be brief.
- 2. Begin with the appropriate heading and address.
- 3. Be specific: State the specific bill number and issue (I oppose to “AB-1422 Health facilities: critical care units: bed designation program flexibility.) and state your opinion in the first sentence.
- 4. Relate your experience with the issue. Use personal examples when possible. Your interest and concern about the issue is important.
- 5. Ask the legislator to specifically commit to supporting the legislation you are writing about.
- 6. Ask for specific reasons they are supporting or opposing the proposal.
- 7. Sign and print your name and include your address and other contact information.
- 8. If you have pertinent materials and/or editorials from local papers, include them.
- 9. Cite any references at the end of the letter APA format.
- 10. Avoid form letters/emails if possible. If you are using a sample or form letter, be sure to adapt it, especially in the first sentence and paragraph. Legislators and their aides recognize form letters and are less likely to be influenced by them.
- 11. Thank him or her for considering your opinion.
- 12. Submit the letters in Word docs.