Step 1: Include your address at the top of the letter.
Step 2: Identify your Legislator. Be sure to address the Legislator appropriately by using “The Honorable” in the address line and “Representative” or “Senator” in the salutation. A colon follows the Salutation.
Step 3: Introduce yourself. State your connection to the legislator. Identify if you are a constituent of the Legislator. The other characteristics are, “I am a taxpayer, citizen, and voter who resides in the ____________________ School District.”
Step 4: Note any relevant facts you wish the Legislator to consider.
Step 5: Let the Legislator know what you are asking for. For example, “I am requesting that the state use a portion of the Rainy Day Fund to support public education.” (Keep this to one or two points.)
(For Steps 4 & 5: You may use the Community Legislative Committee’s Legislative Priorities, available on their website.)
Step 6: Thank the Legislator for his or her time and support. Close the letter with “Sincerely,” “Yours truly,” or “Respectfully.”
If you wish to contact others, please consider contacting the Chairs and/or the other members of the key committees: House and Senate Education Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.