How to Contact your Legislators
After finding your legislators, you can access their contact information by clicking on their title, or checking their name and composing a message via VoterVoice.
There are a number of tips and tricks to engaging with your legislators. CAA has put together resources to help you craft your own communications:
It’s good advocacy practice to keep correspondence templates in your files so that you can respond to the quick-moving bills during legislative sessions:
How to Testify
For submitting testimony in person:
During a normal, non-virtual legislative session, you may follow the guide on the CGA website on testifying at the State Capitol – C G A (ct.gov)
For a virtual legislative session, there will be registration links for a personalized Zoom meeting where you can give testimony at an allotted time. To find the registration links, go to the CGA main site, scroll down to the “Daily Records” section and select “Bulletin“.
Looking at the bulletin, select the “public hearing” link at the top of the page. There, you will see all the committees hosting testimonies, the registration links, and additional information about how to submit your testimony.
Hint: to quickly navigate the bulletin, use control+f (Windows OS) or command+f (Mac OS) and enter the committee or search term you’re looking for (ex. Commerce Committee).
For submitting written testimony:
Each committee has a specific email address to submit your testimony. Search the bulletin for the hearing on the bill you’re interested in and find the correct email. Please submit your testimony in Word document or PDF format.
Tips for preparing testimony:
1) Be authentic – Legislators receive a lot of form letters, so providing a personal story about why the issue is important to you will catch the attention of your legislators and make your testimony more memorable.
2) Be specific – Legislators want to know the scale of the issue. Use statistics when possible to illustrate the problem at hand and how the bill could impact the sector.
3) Keep it short – Best practice is to keep testimony between 3 and 5 minutes. Spend your time focusing on a short list of the most important talking points and emphasize their importance.