Action Alert 3: Meet with Your Legislators

24 Aug 2009 9:15 AM | Anonymous
Here is the third action alert! The prior two alerts were successful — we got the Senate bill amended to protect yoga from State Education Department regulations, and we got the bill to be taken up on the calendar. Great work for us all!

But there is still much more work to do to assure that the bills actual pass and are signed into law.

What This Is

Download a petition for your studio. Gather signatures from students and anyone who supports the cause. Begin doing this as soon as you like, print as many copies as you need, and hold onto the signed petitions. We will let you know when it is time to return them. The more signatures, the better!

This action alert asks that you (1) make sure you know who represents you in the Senate and Assembly and (2) call the district office and make an appointment to discuss support for the bill that will protect yoga from government regulations.

How to Prepare

  1. Find out who your Senator is:
    Go to http://www.nysenate.gov/. At the top of the left column you will see a place to find your senator by filling in your address and zip code.
  2. Find out who your Assembly member is:
    Go to http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/. On the upper left you will see a place to submit your zip code. (Some zip codes cover more than one Assembly district; in that case, call 518-455-4218 to ask who your representative is.)
  3. Get the address and phone number of their DISTRICT office (not the Albany office)

What to Do

Call your Assembly member and Senator. Ask for a half hour appointment to meet with them — sometime during the first three weeks of September — in their district office.

You will likely be asked the nature of your call. Your answer will be, “I am a constituent of [Senator ___ or Assembly member ___ ] and I would like to discuss a bill that will protect yoga from government regulations.”

(Please understand that you might make the meeting with the elected official but end up meeting with one of his staff. That is fine — it happens!)

Follow Up

After you make the appointment, please e-mail action@yogaforny.org and let us know 1) that you have an appointment, and 2) with which Senator and Assembly members.

This is critically important because we want to cover as many Senators and Assembly members as possible, and we want to make sure you are comfortable with the talking points!

More action alerts will follow! Our action really makes a difference.

Is this your first time? Need help understanding what to do? Want to know more about the legislative process? Or do you have a great idea? Please feel free to contact Denise Kronstadt, Temporary Chair, PR/Lobby Committee, at 845-664-0200 or action@yogaforny.org. All questions are honored!

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