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This event will be a great opportunity for you to meet your Legislators and be the voice for libraries and the library profession. Please find more information LLA’s 2019 Legislative Day at the Capitol below.
9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
- Shift 1 volunteers gather in the rotunda and receive instructions and general information and assist with information and handouts.
- Other LLA members sign in, pick up LLA button and handouts at table, and visit Committee Proceedings (a list of anticipated committee meetings will be available at the LLA table).
12 Noon-3:30 pm
- Shift 2 volunteers gather in the rotunda, receive instructions and general information, and assist with information and handouts.
- LLA members, who did not register earlier sign in, pick up LLA button and handouts at table.
- LLA members will visit legislators as they prepare for afternoon sessions and visit Senate and/or House Chambers to view sessions in progress.
- Legislative committee members and staff answer questions and provide information as needed.
Depending on when each chamber ends its afternoon session, LLA members visit with representatives or senators as possible or by pre-arrangement, which we strongly encourage.
Not sure how to get to the state Capitol or where to go when you arrive?
CLICK HERE to view a map of downtown Baton Rouge and directions to the Capitol.
What should you wear to Legislative Day?
Dress professionally (not necessarily formally, but appropriately, to make a good impression); wear a medium or light blue jacket or shirt, if possible. Wear comfortable shoes and please visit the LLA tables in the rotunda to pick up your button.
Contacting A Legislator While at the Capitol
If you arrive in the morning and attend any committee meeting in session, there may be an opportunity to speak with one or more members in the hall or room before or following meetings. Members of the public are not allowed behind the railings in committee rooms in the House and Senate Chambers. All communication is handled by Sergeants-at-Arm who are stationed in the rooms.
If you see any members in the hall, you may approach them. Be sensitive to what they are doing and to their body language. Do not interrupt if they are engaged in a discussion with their colleagues or other people; but if you stand to the side, you may have an opportunity to engage them afterward. Introduce yourself and identify where you work.
Tell them you are present at the Legislature with LLA today and let them know we appreciate their ongoing support that will help libraries continue doing the best job possible for the citizens of Louisiana (or mention the specific group[s] you work with.) Legislators generally have a very hectic schedule so don’t expect a long conversation. Be prepared for a short and cordial conversation.
Smile! This is not the time to bend their ears with your pet peeves or problems. Tell them something good about your library – some successful program, usage is up—something to show success or relevance. If you have learned about a particular legislator’s own priorities or issues, whether from browsing his/her own website or from other means, you might be able to share how your library is working to address those needs or offer your assistance for the future.
You can mention the challenges you face in meeting some specific, serious needs; but if you have something more serious to discuss, ask them if there is a time later in the day when you could talk to them or how best to follow up at a later time. Emphasize your appreciation for their service in the legislature, and your desire to help improve your local town, university, school or whatever you represent for the betterment of Louisiana. Positive strokes work wonders; complaints and accusations do the opposite!
Contacting a Legislator during a General House or Senate Session
When the House and Senate are in a general session, you may quietly enter the Chamber and take a seat at the rear or along the side gallery or in the balcony. You may also ask one of the staff members on duty for a card on which you can write a short note to your representative or senator to let him/her know you are there. If you do that, stand at the rear so he/she can easily see you.** If there are several from your parish, only one note is necessary; just mention that a small group is there and would like to say “hello” if possible. Your representative may or may not respond, depending on what business is happening at that time; most will attempt to, if possible.
**If all gallery seats are taken, you might not be allowed to stand in chambers. The Sergeant at Arms may request that you wait in the chamber foyer or immediately outside.
Are you not able to attend Legislative Day at the Capitol?
You can still help!
- Call your Representatives and Senators. To talk directly to a Representative or Senator, contact the House switchboard (225-342-6945) or the Senate switchboard (225-342-2040).
- Wear BLUE to work on May 23rd and post a sign inviting patrons to ask you why you are wearing blue, so you can let them know you are supporting Louisiana libraries on LLA Legislative Day.
- Mail can be sent to legislators at the state capitol:
- Representative John Doe
P.O. Box 44486
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4486
- Senator Jane Doe
P.O. Box 94183
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4183
Visit LLA's Day at the Capitol Helpful Links for more information.
We hope you'll join us!
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Please contact the LLA Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 225-922-4642 if you have any questions about LLA's 2019 Legislative Day.