California Legislative Insight - Communicating with Your Lawmakers

Tips At A Glance

Developed by the Association of California Nurse Leaders Health Policy Committee

Influence, shape and change the future of health care by educating state lawmakers who can make a difference. This guide provides you with the tools you need to communicate effectively with your legislative leaders.

Communicating with Your Legislators:

Stay Informed--Be knowleadgeable and informed about your issues.

Understand the Process--Learn the legislative process

Get Involved--Participate in public meetings on important issues and testify on proposed bills during committee hearings.

Get to Know Your Legislators--Learn which legislators to contact for each issue. Find out who your local represenatives are and what issues are important to them. Make contact with legislative staff members.

Have Patience and a Willingness to Compromise--Know that your issue isn't the only good cause that needs your legislators' attention.

Contacting Legislators..By Telephone
•State your name, professional title and school or organization.
•Identify the bill you are calling about by titel and legislative bill number.
•Clearly state your position. Be brief and concise - use facts and information to reinforce how the bill affects you or your community.
•It isn't necessary to speak directly to the legislator. A staff member can take a message and relay your information, questions, concerns or opinion to the legislator.
•Leave your address, e-mail address and telephone number so that the legislator can follow up if necessary.
•Remember to thank them for taking the time to speak to you.
•Find contact information at:

Contacting Legislators...By Letter
•Use your own words on your own stationery.
•Address letter to your own legislators or to committee chairs.
•Keep your letters short, clear and concise.
•Identify bills by title and legislative bill number
•Make sure your letters are timely. Write when legislation is pending in committee.
•State reasons for your positions. Use facts and information to reinforce your message. Tell how the issues affect you and your community. •Identify yourself, your professional title and your business or organization. Include a return telephone number or e-mail address.
•Use a return address on both the envelope and letter.

You can also send a message to your legislators via e-mail.  When e-mailing legislators, follow the guidelines for writing a letter.

Please Note:  Legislators do not accept e-mail attachments.

Contact Information

When writing to the governor or legislators, always use the proper form of address:

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor of California  
State Capitol Building  
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Dear Governor Brown

The Honorable John Doe  
California State Senate  
P.O. Box 942849  
Sacramento, CA 9428-0001  
Dear Senator Doe:

The Honorable Jane Doe  
California State Assembly  
P.O. Box 942849  
Sacramento, CA 942849-0001
Dear Assemblymember Doe


Accessing the California Legislature Website:

A wealth of information can be found on the California Legislature website.

•Search for information about the state Legislature, including legislation, committees and hearings. Search for a bill by session, house, bill number, author or keywords.
•Search for legislators and their districts. Identify legislators' districts in California by entering the Zip Code or specific address.
•Search ofr legislative research, laws and publications.
•Find legislators' websites and contact information.


Other Websites to Visit...



Review Proposed Legislation:

Governor's E-Mail Address:

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