E-Mailing Legislators Using the AZ People’s Lobbyist Website
Those of you who have visited the new legislature’s website at www.azleg.gov have very likely noted that it is not nearly as user friendly as the old version was. In fact, searching for most everything is downright annoying. But most important, it is impossible to send an email to more than one legislator at a time. If you want to contact a few legislators on the same subject you are either out of luck or in for a long session at your computer.
But don’t fret. Once again, the AZRRT has done the heavy lifting for you and made the process so simple that it will be very difficult to find an excuse for not contacting legislators when a request to do so is issued. Here is how it is done:
Sending Email to all Legislators:
First, go to our website at www.azpeopleslobbyist.com. Scroll down a bit and look on the right hand side. You will see a series of buttons labeled “Email all House Republicans”, “Email all House Democrats”, etc.
If, for example you wish to send an email to all House Republicans, simply click on the button so labeled and, Walla! The emails of all House Republicans will go to the Bcc. line of your default email program. Now all you do is compose your email in the usual manner and send.
Sending Email only to Committee Members:
The system for this is a bit different because there are so many committees:
Make sure that you are on the main page of the www.azpeopleslobbyist.com.
This system is most easily explained by using an example. Let’s assume you wish to send an email to all the members of the House Education Committee.
First, hover your cursor over the 2017 House Membership, but do not click. A drop down menu will appear. Scroll down to House Education Committee and click on it.
You will see two items. One is a table listing all committee members with their contact information. The other item is a series of text lines containing the email addresses of all committee members. All you need to do is highlight, copy, and paste on to the Bcc. line of your email program. Next, simply compose and send your message in the usual manner.
Some Tips on Sending Emails:
- Do not squander this golden opportunity that you have of being heard at your state legislature with a minimum amount of effort on your part. We don’t know how long we will be allowed to do this, so please heed every call to action you can.
- Always state your position very briefly on the Subject line. For example, “Support HBxxxx”, or “Oppose SBxxxx”
- Provide supporting information in the body of your email, but remember that legislators very seldom get to read your emails. The lengthier the email, the less likely that it will be read.
- State your case. Do not blast the legislator. The idea here is to convince him/her of your point of view. Save the fight for some other time.
- Do not use templates or copy-and-paste schemes. Administrative assistants are experts at detecting this nonsense and will ignore them. Keep in mind that it has been the widespread use and abuse of these schemes that have caused legislators to discourage emails in general.
- Do use your own words in stating your case. It is easier than you may think and the more you do it the easier it gets.