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Contact Your Legislator

  • Contacting your legislators at the state and federal levels should be the first step towards building a relationship with your elected officials so you can effectively influence the creation of laws that affect the profession of civil engineering.

  • To avoid getting a form letter back from your legislator, follow these steps:

    • Use your own words (don't copy someone else's form letter) and keep your message clear, concise, and as brief as possible – ideally about 500 words or less.
    • Identify yourself as a constituent by including your home and/or work address in the representative's district.
    • Where appropriate, include a brief description of your organization or company. If your business is located in the member's district, be sure to make this clear.
    • Identify the issue and the bill (if applicable) that you are addressing.
    • Support your position by including examples whenever possible. Describe the personal impact, both economic and emotional, of passage or defeat of legislation on you, your organization and/or your community.
    • Personalize your letter as much as possible. Avoid sending a form letter if you don't wish to receive one in response.
    • Make it short and to the point. Address only one issue in each message. Be specific.
    • Ask for support or action from the member, e.g. vote against the bill. Remember: If you don't ask for anything, then you won't get anything.

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