PHONE YOUR LEGISLATOR
Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on days when the legislature is in session. When leaving a message for a legislator, please follow these guidelines:
- Identify yourself to the person who answers the phone. Be sure to say that you are a constituent in the legislator’s district.
- Tell the legislator the issue or bill number you’re calling about. Give the position and reason for your position.
- Briefly explain the likely impact of a bill on your community and on the legislator’s constituents.
- Be polite.
- Keep party politics out of the discussion.
- Say, “thank you” for your legislator’s consideration of your views.
- If the legislator is unavailable, give the staff member your message. Legislative staff are very good at relaying messages!
Each person has 2 State House Representatives and 1 State Senate per District. A great resource to FIND OUT WHO your legislators are and their contact information: http://openstates.org/id/legislators/
These Legislators will be in their home town (unless campaigning) until the beginning of the Legislative session in January and will have more time to meet with you before the session starts. Then many stay in Boise during our 4 month Legislative session and are very busy at that this time.
During the legislative session, HFI will send out Action Alerts requesting you contact your representative on proposed legislation. This will often involve a quick phone call or simple email. This shouldn’t be the only time you are in contact with your legislator. Taking time to develop a relationship with your elected official off season will allow you the opportunity develop an open line of communication based on mutual respect.