1. Know your prorities

2. Focus on your #1 priority

3. work with deaf state association and state commission for the deaf
and other deaf organizations first before approaching the legislators
(these lawmakers are the last resort)

4. reach out for important contacts everywhere

5. must agree on a strategy before reaching out

6. do know your facts; the reasons why you want the bill passed

7. just be aware legislators have no free time on their own and
cannot waste time

8. if at all possible, introduce your bills at both House
and Senate, to avoid putting all eggs into one basket

9. most important step of the bill is the first step, getting the
committee to approve it. This is where the most persuasion takes place.

10. Letter writing the legislators helps a great deal

11. if a face to face appointment with legislator is made possible,
keep it as brief and to the point. His time is limited with demands
on him.

12. accept the proposed bill as is without adding amendments which
would only create clutter

13. Compromise is the key. Must be willing to compromise on details and wording.

14. important to follow up to make sure the governor signs the bill; the
governor may like the bill but worries about the funding issues

15. a full time person monitoring the legislative bills is the best way to go

16. use the media to turn the pressure on the legislators

17. do accept the fact that working with legislators can be frustrating