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When you are calling the Kentucky Legislature, these are some “Do’s and Do Not’s” when lobbying your Representative or Senator.
Kentucky Legislative Hot-Line: (800) 372-7181
I Don’t Know Who My Representative or Senator is!
No problem! The person answering the telephone will be more than happy to look that up for you!
Before you call, please remember:
Commonwealth Lobby "Do's and Do Not's"
DO DO NOT
Address your Senator or Representative properly. It is NOT Mr., or Ms., it is Representative _______ or Senator __________. Don’t begin, “As a citizen and taxpayer” (your elected representative knows we all pay taxes).
Identify yourself when calling and tell the person you want to get a message to your Representative and Senator. If you do not know your district, simply ask them to look it up. Don’t apologize for taking his or her time.
Refer to a bill by number, such as House Bill 1, or Senate Bill 1. Don’t be arrogant, condescending or threatening toward legislators or their staff.
Be brief and explicit, courteous and reasonable.
Example: "I am calling to voice my opposition (or approval) to House Bill 1 and I would like Representative _________, and Senator __________ know my position as their constituent."
Don’t argue or back recalcitrant legislators into a corner where they take a definite position against you.
Don’t make notes of a conversation while talking to a legislator.
Don’t send copies or form letters unless you have taken the time to include a personal note.