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Finding Your Legislator


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up-to-date information on legislative schedules or current legislation.



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Contacting Your Legislator


Schedule a Visit…



The most effective way to convey your views to your local legislators and positively affect the outcome of the legislation is to first invite them to visit your Assisted Living Residence.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for them to learn more about Assisted Living, and meet the residents living in their respective districts.  If this is not possible, you may consider scheduling a visit with them either in their office or home district.  Although a face-to-face visit may be time consuming, it is often the best way to ensure great results.  Personal visits tend to put a human face and perspective to Assisted Living in Ohio.


When scheduling a visit, call your local legislator’s office and request an appointment.  If they are unavailable, ask to meet with a member of their staff who handles the issue.  When meeting with the lawmaker or staffer, point out how the pending legislation will affect your Assisted Living Community, your residents and their families, your employees, and the district as a whole.  Personal stories can help achieve greater results.  When possible, you will want to invite the local media.  Your local legislators will appreciate the coverage.  Remember to always be polite, and follow-up with a personal letter thanking the lawmaker for their time, and offering future assistance if necessary.


Place a Phone Call…


If your time is limited, or you need to get in touch with your legislator immediately, it’s time to place a phone call.  Your call will more than likely last less than a minute, and you may not even speak with your legislator directly, so in order to maximize your effectiveness consider these tips:



Also, it is always a good idea to have a prepared message on hand in the event that neither your legislator nor their legislative aide is available to take your call (Writing it in advance is always helpful.)  Be sure to speak slowly and clearly, leaving your name, address and reason for your call.


Write a Letter…


A letter can make a difference.  Legislators often say that as few as ten letters from their constituents on any issue is enough to make them STOP and take notice.  In addition, personally written letters are most effective, and they allow you to present your position without interruption.  Your letter should contain the following components:



Most state legislatures are only in session part of the year.  In Ohio, the State Legislature is in session January through May.  When the legislature is out of session, it may be more effective to direct your letter to your legislator’s district home office.


Address your letter as follows:

To a State Senator:


The Honorable (Full Name)

State House, (Room Number)

Ohio Senate

Columbus, Ohio 43266

Dear Senator (Last Name):

To a State House of Representatives


The Honorable (Full Name)

State House, (Room Number)

Ohio House of Representatives

Columbus, Ohio 43266

Dear Representative (Last Name):