Some tips for effective communication with your legislators:
- Refer to both the bill number and the title, if you know it. (Look it up here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/.) With more than a thousand bills to consider, most Representatives can only remember a handful of bill numbers.
- Tell what your personal experience has been that leads you to your opinion.
- Offer facts, references and background information if you have it.
- If you oppose your Representative’s position, recognize that they may have information that you do not. It’s fine to ask what they are basing their vote on.
- Understand that some decisions have multiple levels to them. A bill may be based on a great idea, but be poorly written so it opens the door for unintended consequences. It may meet the needs of one group at the expense of another. It may solve a practical problem, but at the expense of civil liberties.
- Sign your email with your full name and town of residence. Most legislators will pay special attention to emails from within their district.