updated 07-03-2013

Contact Your Elected Officials

If you can, it’s always the most influential to meet with your Senators and Representatives in person. We provide you with everything you need to know about Meeting with Your Elected Officials. If you can’t meet with them in person, please call them on the phone (see details below) or send a letter.

First: Find your state legislators.

This will open a separate window to the official MA government web site that you can keep open to find and then refer to your State Representative’s and Senator’s contact information.

Then: What to say when you call.

  • Ask for your Representative or Senator by name. Usually you end up speaking with a legislative aide.
  • Introduce yourself as a constituent. Give your name and town.
  • Tell them that passing An Act Relative to Equal Access is VERY important to you.

SCRIPT (optional)

“Hi my name is _____________. I am a constituent of Representative/Senator ______. Is the Representative/Senator in today? (If no, ask if there is someone you can talk with.)

I am calling because I would like my legislator to support An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and All Other Places Open to the Public, House Bill 1589 and Senate Bill 643. This bill has been filed in the House by lead sponsors Representatives Carl Sciortino and Byron Rushing and in the Senate by lead sponsors Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz and Ben Downing. Is this something Representative/Senator ______ is willing to support?

IF THE AIDE SAYS YES, you can reply with:  

  • Thank you! That’s great! I really appreciate Representative/Senator _____’s supporting this bill. I will be sure to pass your name along to Representative Sciortino (or Senator Chang-Diaz if talking to a Senator).
  • The bill has been filed as House Bill 1589 and Senate Bill 643. (If Representative) Please contact Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, 617-722-2013, raffi.freedman-gurspan@mahouse.gov, in Rep. Carl Sciortino’s office. (If Senator) Please contact Katherine Adam, 617-722-1673, Katherine.Adam@masenate.gov, in Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office if you have any questions.

IF THE AIDE SAYS YES, WE HAVE ALREADY SIGNED ON AS A COSPONSOR, you can reply with:  

  • Thank you! That’s great! I really appreciate Representative/Senator __________’s cosponsoring this bill.

IF THE AIDE SAYS THAT THEY NEED TO CHECK WITH THEIR BOSS, you can reply with:

  • I have an Equal Access Legislative Brief that I would like to email to you about the bill. Also, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, 617-722-2013, in Representative Carl Sciortino’s office (if talking with your Rep) and/or Katherine Adam, 617-722-1673, in Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office (if talking your Senator) can also provide your boss with more information.
  • Thank you for your attention to this matter. When is a good time for me to check back about where you stand after reading the brief and what action you are taking on this bill?

IF THE AIDE SAYS NO, you can reply with:  

  • Thank you for your time. I would like to email a 2013 Equal Access Legislative Brief to you today and I would like to meet with you (if talking directly with Senator or Rep) Representative/Senator _____ in the district office to talk about the bill.
  • When is a good time for me to check back about where you stand after reading the fact sheet?
  • The big finish: Thank them for taking the time out of their busy schedules to talk with you and wish them a good day!

Last: Follow-up with your legislators and let MTPC know how it went.

Wasn’t that easy, and maybe even fun? Pat yourself on the back for participating in the democratic process. Wanna do more? Encourage others to call.

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