See the wave like legislators see it

1 CE credit


Tommy Wells, Director of the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment, former D.C. Councilmember

Barbara Temmerman, MSW, RSW, Executive Director and Registrar, Manitoba College of Social Workers


Barb Whitenect, REAL Committee


Legislators will describe the legislative process and provide context for how decisions are made. They will focus on networking skills that result in connected relationships and how to prepare messages and get a bill ranked in priority. Participants will learn about working with the opposition and what to do when missteps occur. Legislators will also share their insights about what information they need and how to provide it efficiently.

Learning Objectives

After completing this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Make a plan to strengthen productive relationships with legislators.
  2. Educate legislators on regulatory and licensing changes using effective communication.
  3. Identify methods of working with those who oppose legislative changes.


Download Barbara Temmerman's presentation

Download Tommy Wells' presentation


State Legislators – Who they are and how to work with them.  A Guide for School Health Professionals.  National Conference of State Legislatures.  William T. Pound, Executive Director

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Working with Legislators, an Advocacy Briefing Guide for Board Members.
This guide includes ideas for preparing for a successful meeting with a legislator and legal guidance on the rules and regulations around advocacy.

League of Women Voters Guide to Working Effectively with Legislators
This guide includes tips on preparing for meetings and public testimony, what to do during the meeting, and important follow-up things to do.

The Community Catalyst “Tips for Working with Legislators”
This simple tip list includes researching legislators and what information to gather, requesting and setting up a meeting, and an outline for a successful meeting.  Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization building consumer and community leadership to transform the American health care system.

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