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How to structure an Effective  Lobby Day
 

How to structure an Effective Lobby Day

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    How to structure an Effective  Lobby Day How to structure an Effective Lobby Day Presentation Transcript

    • Gene G. Veno & Associates
        • As of June 2009:
          • 258 House Bills passed
          • 186 Senate Bills passed
          • 77 Total laws passed
        • Know your association’s issue inside and out.
          • Bill number, PN, Sponsors and so much more
        • Know your legislator and why he/she may be against or for your legislative issue
        • Know that you are not the only association calling on your legislators that day
        • How to know if your Lobby Day at the Capital was a Success/Failure?
        • The Purpose of an Association Lobby Day
        • Lobby Day Do’s and Don’ts
        • Lobby Day Advanced Planning
        • Lobby Day Wrap-up
        • No gifts, just your Association and the Issues
        • Time is not the Driver
        • Host an after Lobby Day Gathering
      • The above may seem
      • Trite and common sense, but knowing in advance
      • what to do and what not to do is planning at your best!
    •  
        • It takes one person to initiate change
        • Gerry Jensen, a single mother who founded the Association for Child Support Enforcement
        • Families of Alzheimer’s patients convinced government to invest in more research
        • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    • Linda in 1994 having a discussion with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office at the White House
        • It is hard to change laws and policies, but it can be done
        • Women given the right to vote
        • Child labor laws
    • Supporting her are Bill and Hillary Clinton
        • Telling our policymakers how to write and change our laws is at the very heart of our democratic system
        • Has helped democracy evolve over more than two centuries
        • New laws to enable caterers and restaurants to donate excess food
        • New laws helping abused children to be placed into safe homes faster
        • You can learn how to lobby- whom to call, when, what to say- in minutes
        • Lobbying is easier and more effective when people work together
        • You see problems first hand
        • You know the needs
        • You know what works and what doesn’t
        • Everything that goes into a lobbying campaign can be helpful:
          • The research
          • The strategy planning
          • The phone calls and visits
        • The federal government has been allowing local governments to decide how to spend federal money
        • This gives local nonprofits even more responsibility to tell local policymakers what is needed
        • Building public trust is essential to nonprofit organizations
        • Lobbying increases your organization’s visibility
        • Think about relationships with local, state, and federal government
    • Can you still be effective? Absolutely you CAN!
      • MOST DON’T! You know why?
        • Agreement of rank and file
        • Politics as usual
        • We want more than we can get
        • At least that was the thinking in the 50’s
        • Membership was easy
        • Loyalty was rampant
        • No one questioned your legislative positions
        • It is no longer a service to just protect a members license… you now need to advance it!
        • Members want you to get it done and now
        • Sure I will join when I get better reimbursements, etc.
        • Why do I need to join or contribute to PAC… the association is serving me regardless
      • Are you kidding me?
      • LET’S REVIEW…
      • Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist
      • Pharmacists vs. Pharmaceuticals
      • Nutritional vs. Dietitians
      • Public Insurance Agents vs. Insurance Lobby
      • Podiatrists vs. Orthopedic
      • Chiropractors vs. Chiropractors vs. Chiropractors vs. Chiropractors, and then vs. Physical Therapist vs. Medical Profession - all specialties
      • And we still accomplished many legislative
      • Victories over the years as far back as 1991 and up to today!
        • Know the issues inside and out
        • Know your legislator
        • Know that you are not the only association
    • “ If you are not on the Hill meeting with legislators regularly to inform them about your profession, guess what? Someone else is meeting with legislators/regulators and they are not informing them about what you do, but how they can do it better!” - Gene G. Veno
      • Let me explain:
        • If you have a relationship with legislators/staff and are available for consultation when the need arises, it is much better than running to the legislator/staff when you only have a problem
      • Being seen, you do not always need to be heard!
        • Compliments, appreciation, condolences, thank you notes really work!
        • If you are sincere in your note, it will serve you better than anything else!
        • Does your organization send Holiday Cards? I DON’T! They are rarely ever read by the legislator – come on, do you read the US Senator Cards with wife and children laminated? Where do they end up – in the basket on the wall for what and for who to see? Status maybe ?
    • Wow! What an impactful way to be noticed and appreciated and show your true core belief!
        • Sometimes and Sometimes not
      • Be Careful, Be Professional, Be Aware of what you are attempting!
        • Willing to share a recent success story?
        • Willing to share a recent unsuccessful story?
        • Willing to share a new idea?
        • Lobbying is truly an art
        • Lobbying is not about you
        • Lobbying is a process
        • Lobbying is selling the abstract
        • Lobbying is not easy!
    • Thank YOU FOR ATTENDING
      • IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO ADDRESS ALL OF YOU THIS MORNING – REMEMBER LOBBYING IS EASY IF YOU
      • RESEARCH YOUR ISSUE
      • PLAN YOUR STRAGETY
      • BE READY TO DEFEND YOUR POSITION WITH EXPERT INFORMATION