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Contacting Your State Legislator

 

If you do not know the name of your local state Representative or Senator, this page allows you

to look them up by city or town. Click here to find your legislator!

 

Not sure which legislative district you live in? Look it up here on this easy to use interactive map. Here, you will find your local Representative or Senator’s email address, as well as State House

Room number and telephone number.

 

The address for all Reps and Senators is:

(Rep. or Senator’s name)

State House, Room____

Boston, MA 02133

 

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in your address and it will tell you everything from what precinct you are in and where to vote to

your local and US legislators. 

 

 

Contact Your U.S. Senator - click here for contact information.

 

Contact your U.S. Congressional Representative - click here for contact information.

 

 

Writing Letters/EMails

To make your letter as effective as possible, just follow these four general guidelines:

  1. Be courteous and appreciative. Thank your legislator for favorable votes and actions. If he/she votes in accordance with your wishes, they will appreciate hearing it.
  2. Be specific. Your legislator is elected to act, so tell him what action you would like him to take. Refer to the subject of the bill as well as its number, if you know it. Your letter need not be lengthy, but you should state clearly whether you favor or oppose the bill, and explain why.
  3. Request an answer. Ask the legislator to tell you how he intends to vote on the bill.
  4. Use the proper address and salutation. For letters to your state senator and representative, use the following sample forms:

 

The Honorable Jane J. Doe
State House Room 001
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Senator Doe:

The Honorable John Q. Smith
State House Room 002
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Representative Smith:


For the Senate and House leaders:
The Honorable Therese Murray
President of the Senate
State House Room 332
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. President:

The Honorable Robert A. DeLeo
Speaker of the House of Representatives
State House Room 356
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Speaker:


For a Committee Chairman:
The Honorable ---------
Senate Chairman
Committee on ---------
State House Room -----
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Chairman:

The Honorable -------
House Chairman
Committee on -----
State House Room ----
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Mr. Chairman:

 

You can find the correct room number for state senators, representatives, and committee chairmen online.

Here's a sample letter:

Date

Dear XXXXXXXXXXXXX,

As your voting constituent, I am writing today asking that you review and hopefully sign onto the proposed legislation by Gun Owners Action League (GOAL). The 2013 legislation is laid out below; please note the deadline for signing onto legislation is 2/1/2013.

At the same time, I must ask that you NOT support Governor Patrick's or Representative Linsky’s proposed legislation on Gun Control. There is nothing in either bill which will prevent the next Newtown or have an impact on inner city crime. There is however, plenty of items which will further restrict and criminalize law abiding gun owners in MA. I would hope that you won't vote to put me, or any other law abiding citizen in jail for lawfully purchasing an already heavily regulated item more than once a month, or for being in possession of a 15 round magazine which is in common use and legal in most of our states. (or insert your own example of how this law would affect you)

There are many other points of contention in both proposals, I won't take up your time going through them line by line, instead I would urge you to speak with Jim Wallace at GOAL about making reforms which will help instead of criminalize MA gun owners.

2013 GOAL Legislation:

  • HD 1916 An Act Relative to Civil Liability for Protecting One's Home
  • HD 1926 An Act Relative to Civil Rights and Public Safety
  • HD 1940 An Act Associated with Incurred Fines for Delayed Firearm License Renewals
  • HD 2693 An Act Relative to Constitutional Rights
  • HD 2694 An Act Relative to an Unloaded Rifle or Shotgun
  • HD 2695 An Act Relative to Equitable Firearm License Fees
  • HD 2697 An Act Relative to Fair Licensing
  • HD 2700 An Act Relative to Firearm License Disqualifiers
  • HD 2703 An Act Relative to Non-resident Second Amendment Civil Rights
  • HD 2705 An Act Relative to the Lawful Sale of Ammunition
  • HD 2707 An Act Relative to the Lawful Sale of Handguns
  • HD 2712 An Act Relative to the Term of Firearms Licenses
  • HD 2717 An Act Relative to Youth Firearm Training and Competition
  • HD 2720 An Act Relative to Youth Hunting Programs
  • HD 2724 An Act Removing Change of Address Civil Rights Penalties
  • HD 2728 An Act Repealing the Ban on Modern Sporting Rifles
  • HD 2953 An Act Relative to Sales Tax Exemptions for Gun Safes and Trigger Locks
  • HD2954 An Act Relative to Gun Safe Deductions

Click here for a summary of GOAL's legislation.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration on this matter.

Best Regards,

Your Name

Your Address

cc Gun Owners' Action League

 

Phone Calls

There are times when you will want to communicate with your legislators about legislation that is important to you.  Many people are nervous about  calling their legislators for the first time.  Don't be - it is their job to listen to what you have to say! Please keep in mind though that you should always be polite, concise and to the point. The old adage that you catch more flies with sugar than you do with vinegar holds very true in the political world.  

Find your legislator's contact information: http://www.state.ma.us/legis

When you are communicating your wishes to your elected representatives, you are exercising your constitutional rights.

If you are using the telephone, you may not be able to talk to the legislator directly.  In that case, you should ask to speak to the aide that will be handling that legislation for your representative or senator.

Use the same guidelines as above:

  1. Be brief. Long calls are remembered for being an annoyance, not for their content!

  2. Be specific about what action you want the senator or representative to take.

  3. Thank the aide for their time. Ask for a letter confirming what action was taken.

Writing emails

In today's high tech world, many people find email as an efficient tool to communicate with those who they may not have previously. Certainly, any contact with legislators is better than none at all.  However, email has far less impact than a phone call or traditional letter. If you do use email to connect with your state legislators, here are a few tips:

  1. Be direct. Put the bill number or specific topic in the subject line of the email.  This will allow staff members or legislators to quickly identify the subject of your email.  It's unlikely you will keep their attention if it takes 4 paragraphs to find out what legislation concerns you.

  2. Be brief. Between huge numbers on constituent email, spam and emails from people who do not even reside in their district, the longer it takes you to make your point or request action, the less likely you are to hold their attention.

  3. Be specific. As mentioned previously, you should request a specific action from the legislator, whether it is active support of a bill or a vote to defeat it.  You should also specifically identify yourself as a constituent by including your full name and address.

Rules Of Thumb

Whether you are writing or calling, here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Be courteous.  Insults won't get votes.

  • Be specific. Explain what you would like the legislators to do and ask for an answer.

  • Be brief.  Give one or two reasons why you are requesting the specific action.  Short letters or calls are remembered better.

  • Be registered to vote! If you are not registered, your opinion may be valued, but it certainly won’t count.

 

 

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