How to schedule a meeting your with legislator
The grandeur of the state Capitol is only paralleled by the plethora of activity happening within its walls. There is no denying that it is a big, beautiful, busy place. With all of its greatness, it may seem intimidating to step inside the offices and visit with your legislators. Yet it's important to remember that these are the elected officials who are representing you and making laws on your behalf. You are part of the process, and it is just a matter of if you are showing up to the open table to share your experience and advocate for what you believe in.
Meeting with your state senators and representatives is one of the most empowering and influential actions you can take in being a member of a licensed, regulated profession. This legislative session, the Texas Psychological Association is hosting three legislative days - March 15, April 12 and May 5.
If this is your first time attending a TPA legislative day and you are wondering how to schedule a meeting with your legislators, follow the simple steps below.
- Identify your legislators - Visit www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/ and enter in your address to identify your senator and representative(s). Here you will also be able to find the contact information for each legislator.
- Schedule your meeting - Call the office of your legislators, say that you are a constituent of the representative or senator, tell them that you are a psychologist (or psychology student), and ask to schedule a brief meeting with the legislator or chief of staff to discuss some of this session's bills that will affect your profession and the practice of psychology. Meetings should be scheduled for 9:00 a.m. or later on the day of the legislative day you are attending.
- Prepare for your meeting - To prepare for your meeting, TPA will send you all legislative day event details such as parking information, what to wear, when to arrive, and where to go. Additionally, TPA will provide a packet of talking points and information for you to discuss with your legislators during the briefing on legislative day. This briefing will take place prior to you attending your scheduled meetings.
If you haven't already, be sure to register for the first legislative day of the session on Wednesday, March 15.
See you at the Capitol!