Here's a brief look at what you can do to advocate at different points during the legislative process.

Before a bill is introduced:

  • Research the issues involved.
  • Research your legislators and their positions.
  • Connect with local special interest groups that analyze policy to learn about the bills they are supporting or opposing. 
  • Encourage your legislators to introduce bills on issues that you care about. 
  • Tell others why legislators need to act by sharing information in person, via social media and on the Internet.

When a bill is in committee:

  • Contact committee members to ask them to support, reject, or amend the bill. Recruit your friends to contact them as well.
  • Attend public hearings.
  • Testify at the public hearing for or against the bill, particularly if you have a personal story related to the issue.

When a bill is on the floor:

  • Contact your legislator to support, reject, or amend the bill.
  • Ask your friends to do the same. 
  • Tell people why you think the bill should or should not pass by posting on social media or writing a letter to the editor in your local newspaper. 

When a bill is on the governor's desk:

  • Contact the Governor's office to encourage signing or vetoing. 
  • Identify other people who may have special influence with the Governor, and contact them.