Each year, BASA establishes legislative priorities or endorses FASA’s priorities. BASA has also established a Political Committee to support candidates and causes allied with BASA’s goals and priorities. This website contains links to state senators and representatives as well as tips for communicating with our legislators.
Communicating Effectively With Your Legislators
One of your greatest responsibilities is to help elect the legislators who represent you and the state's more than 14 million other residents. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your representatives and senators in Tallahassee, you help them decide what to do about the issues and pending legislation that affect us all. They value your suggestions and encourage you to express them.
Your legislators receive a huge volume of phone calls and mail from their constituents. Unfortunately, their full agendas limit their ability to personally read and respond to it all. How then, can you be sure your voice is heard? Here are some tips to help you get the most impact out of your communications with your legislators in Tallahassee.
1. Know who your legislators are and how to contact them. If you don't know who represents you, you can find out by using the pages in this web site. This website provides direct links to all of our state senators and representatives.
2. Make sure you understand the legislative process. Even the most basic understanding of the process will help you effectively express your ideas.
3. Contact your legislators about a particular issue before the Legislature takes action on it. Most matters coming before the Legislature are well publicized before session. Our weekly updates and action alerts will give you specific information.
4.Use a variety of communication methods. You might choose to telephone, write, email, fax, or visit your legislator.
5. Tell your legislators what effect you think a particular bill, if it becomes law, will have on you, your children, business, or community. Be concise, but specific.
6. Be polite, even if you disagree strongly with the legislator you are addressing. Lawmakers cannot please everyone. Your communication will be more effective if you are reasonable in your approach.
7. Suggest a course of action and offer assistance. Don't make promises or threats.
Writing Effective Letters
Address letters to Members of the House of Representatives as follows:
The Honorable John Doe
Florida House of Representatives
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300.
Address letters to senators this way:
Senator Jane Doe
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100.
Be absolutely certain you spell your legislator's name correctly and use the correct address. If you don't, you could lose your audience. Our website contains this information.
Type or print legibly. Sign your name neatly and give your address correctly so they can respond to your letter.
Keep letters, email, and faxes brief. Never write more than one page. Concise written correspondence is more likely to grab and keep the reader's attention.
Identify your issue or opinion at the beginning of the letter, don't bury your main point under trivial text.
Cover only one issue per letter. If you have another issue to address, write another letter.
Back up your opinions with supporting facts. Your letter should inform the reader.
Avoid abbreviations or acronyms, and don't use technical jargon. Rather than impressing your reader, such terms will only frustrate him or her.
Don't send the same letter to more than one legislator. Personalized letters have more impact.