7 Ways to Prep for Legislative & Policy Forum

Follow these tips and we’ll take care of the rest.

The Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting puts the aggregates industry face-to-face with lawmakers who have direct influence over the issues that impact daily operations. There are seven easy ways to prepare for meetings with members of Congress that only require a few minutes.

NSSGA will provide transportation to meetings, a guide to help you navigate the halls of Congress and flyers and brochures to leave with members of Congress. Register today for the event, running Sept. 24-28, 2017. To get all the details and the latest updates, download the event app on Google Play or iTunes App Store and use the password “rockdc17.”

1. Get to know the issues

NSSGA has a list of regulations that impact operations every day. Take note of any regulations or policies that help or hurt your ability to do business, create jobs and rebuild America. Review recent industry and policy news and community relations fact sheets.

2. Keep it local

Each job in a quarry supports nearly five additional jobs in other industries, and members of Congress need to know the effect that laws and regulations have on jobs in their districts and states. Highlight the negative impact of burdensome regulations and positive effects of a long-term infrastructure investment on the men and women who work in an operation, and the many other jobs in your community that rely on aggregates.

3. Stay on message

Keep the focus on our top-priority issues. Your message doesn’t have to be elaborate to make an impact. Use our resources and prep sessions during the Legislative & Policy Forum to make your case and deliver the message in a positive way.

4. Keep it brief

Even short, 15-minute meetings can be effective by focusing on three key aspects:

  • The AskWhat do you want from your member of Congress? (Be polite and clear)
  • The Why – Why should your member of Congress do this?
  • The HowHow can your member of Congress do this?

5. Exchange contact information

Bring business cards and NSSGA one-page issue briefs to leave behind. Be sure you have contact information for the lawmaker’s offices – both in D.C. and his or her local office.

6. Say “thank you”

As the meeting concludes, thank the lawmaker for his or her time.

7. Follow up

After the meeting, follow up with an email thanking the lawmaker, reiterating your position and include any information requested during the meeting. If a representative, senator or a staff member asks for additional materials, please respond quickly.

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