Advocacy Partners

Advocacy Tips

How to be an effective legislative advocate. Remember, legislative advocates are made, not born!

Use the following tips to start advocating:

    • Know the Issue. Read and familiarize yourself with the facts.
    • Connect. Contact with any officials, legislators or individuals who have taken the lead in your state.
    • Get what you need. Request informational from the proper government agencies.
    • Reach out. Your allies can help! Contact your state’s uniform law commissioner, chairs of chapter government relations committees, or other state library associations for help.
    • Meet. Arrange a meeting with the contacts you have. Formulate questions to ask and get answers face to face.
    • Help out. If a bill has not yet been written, offer to assist your state contact in recruiting sponsors or co-sponsors.
    • Track it. Follow the bill’s progress throughout the legislative process.
    • Speak up. Draft testimony or letters in support of the bill. Again, the GRO will have information to guide you.

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Issues We’ve Tackled

  • Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) – more info here
  • Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA)
  • Intellectual Freedom and Privacy
  • Digital Rights Management and Fair Use