HB 2379: How to contact your legislators and what to say.

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Finding your legislators

Here’s how you find your legislators:

  1. If you know your legislative district, click here.
  2. If you don’t, click here. Put your address in the search bar and click “Find.” You’ll get something like the image below. You’re interested in your Legislative District.Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 10.26.33 PM
  3. Once you’ve got that, go back to Step 1.

 

Send an email

The first step to getting your voice heard is sending an email. This is your opportunity to send some solid, facts and references to your legislators. These people have many different interests and issues commanding their attention, so it is up to you to be the expert. Be smart, concise, and formal. Here are some tips for formatting, tone, and organizing your content. And here is what you should say about HB 2379. And here are some links you might consider including.

Make a phone call

 

Sending an email is not enough. Follow it up with a phone call. Your legislators get a lot of email. Talking with them over the phone will make it more likely that they will read the message you sent. This also humanizes the interaction. You have your facts; you know what to say. Here is how you should say it. 

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Save Our AZ Libraries (a cautionary tale)

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Jenny Gubernick (Pima County Public Library) put together this really cool interactive fiction piece called “Save Our AZ Libraries (a cautionary tale)” centering on HB2379. Check it out.

This is a really cool way to get word out about an issue. Not only is it engaging, it’s also highly affecting. It tells you what’s happening, how to deal with it, and what will happen to you, whichever decision you decide to make. It’s pretty amazing.