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Join us in Lobbying for Medical Marijuana in Texas PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 December 2006
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A medical marijuana bill will be filed in Texas soon. Come to the State Capitol and let your state legislators know that this legislation is an important issue. It is a matter of compassion, our right to effective health care treatments and priorities in prosecutions. Mark your calendars now for TMM's Wednesday February 21, 2007 lobby day. Check out the schedule, lobby tips and resgistration requirements below.

 
Schedule for Medical Marijuana Lobby Day
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007


9:30 am – Arrive at the Robert E. Johnson Conference Center, 1501 N. Congress. We will be in the central and south rooms and breakfast will be provided. Register and receive your lobbying packets and names of the people who will be in your lobbying group, including who will be spokesperson and who will act as a Capitol guide.

10:00 am – Overview of legislative process, discussion of the bill, visit from legislative staffer, explanation of handouts, office visit role play and breaking into small lobbying groups.

11:30 am – Head to Capitol steps on the south side for press conference and rally.

Noon – Press conference with bill author/authors.

1:00 pm – Lunch on Capitol lawn (if it is raining we will head back to the conference        center).

2 – 4:30 pm – Break into groups and lobby state legislators.

4:45 pm – Head back to the conference center to turn in legislative visit logs and then head home.

Things to bring / wear

·    Comfortable shoes
·    Business suit or business casual attire
·    An umbrella
·    A water bottle
·    Sunscreen and/or a hat
·    A good attitude!
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 Lobbying Tips

 

1. Be polite: Begin your comments by thanking the lawmaker, or more likely a staff member for meeting with you. Each person should also thank the lawmaker at the end of the meeting. Staying positive creates a great image.

2. Dress as if you’re going for a job interview: Presenting a clean, businesslike image tells the lawmaker’s office that you take the issue seriously and respect their profession. In turn, they will respect you and your viewpoint.

3. Don’t argue: If the staff person disagrees with you, stay calm. Once you’ve disagreed and stated why, continuing an argument will not help. For example, say, “I see that we disagree on this point, but I appreciate your willingness to consider my views.” Never threaten by saying things like “I’ll never vote for Senator, Representative_________.

4.Stick to the point: Do not bring up other legislative issues during this appointment.

5. Ask for your lawmaker’s viewpoint: Then LISTEN to his or her answer carefully. Concentrate on what he or she says. Don’t interrupt.

6. Anticipate tough arguments and questions: Be prepared to answer questions. Make a good case, but don’t exaggerate. If you don’t know the answer to a question, admit it and give TMM the details, so we can provide the information to that office later.

7. When visiting in a group, have a spokesperson: In a group of 3-4, one person should be assigned the task of presenting the group’s message. The spokesperson will provide the lawmaker’s office with a packet of TMM written materials. Others in the group should introduce themselves and explain briefly how they are personally affected or why this issue is important to them. The spokesperson should be sure to leave at least the names, addresses and phone numbers of constituents attending the meeting.

8. Follow up with a thank you: A neatly handwritten letter on personal or business stationary is the most effective when writing a thank you letter. Use your own words as much as possible.

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 Lobby Day Registration
Register before February 15th 

 We need to hear from you! Please answer and return to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   the following questions:

  1. Will you be coming to Lobby Day?
  2. What is your name, address, phone and email?
  3. Would you be willing to act as a spokesperson (training provided)?
  4. Will you be driving yourself?
  5. Would you be willing to carpool with others?
  6. Are you a vegetarian (cheese, eggs OK)?
  7. Are you a vegan?

***If you would like to attend the Lobby Day but have concerns, please contact us at 512-220-9209, ext. 214 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

 






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