Tips for Writing Your Policy Makers – Part Two
The following is an excerpt from the American Public Health Association website:
In addition to the previous article, there are important points to remember regarding the substance of your letter.
- State your purpose for writing at the outset.
- Correctly identify the legislation. If you are writing about a specific bill, remember to describe it by its official title and number, as well as by its popular name.
- Tell your legislator how the issue would affect you and the rest of his/her constituents. Your own personal experience and district specific information are the best supporting evidence.
- Be sure that your facts and assertions are accurate. Often legislators use constituent mail to make points during speeches or debates and to convince fellow legislators of their position.
- Ask your policy‐maker for his/her position on the issue. Indicate that you look forward to hearing from him/her on the issue.
Example Address to Your Senator:
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510
Dear Senator ______________
**Prior to sending any correspondence to a legislator under the name of TFW, please submit the letter to the coalition for review at TobaccoFreeWichita@hotmail.com with the email header “Important Legislation”.
American Public Health Association • 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 • http://www.apha.org