As psychologists, we must be strong advocates for our profession by engaging in GPA legislative efforts and recruiting other psychologists to participate. For most of us, it is our uncertainties that get in the way.
- How do I go about contacting legislators?
- What should I say?
- Will my call/letter/meeting have any impact?
To help address these uncertainties and prepare you as GPA members to be strong advocates, we are offering a legislative training session on Friday, October 23rd. Please make an effort to attend whether you are new to legislative advocacy or a seasoned veteran.
As efforts to pass our psychological testing bill enter the fourth year, the passage of this bill will depend heavily on the level to which GPA leaders and members let their voices be heard.
The legislative training will be from 9:00-10:30am at the Atlanta offices of our lobbying/government affairs team. Directions are available here: http://www.nelsonmullins.com/locations/atlanta/map
Key elements of the training will include:
- an overview of the legislative process
- an overview of the psychological testing bill
- guidance for contacting legislators
- guidance for speaking with legislators about the psychological testing bill
Following the training, those who are interested and available will reconvene at the Capitol for a brief tour and orientation to help increase familiarity with finding your way to, in, and around the Gold Dome. This bonus portion of the training will conclude by 11:45am.
Regardless of your ability to attend, please make a concerted effort to recruit one member of your committee/council/region to also attend. It is our job as leaders to engage in legislative advocacy and to turn future leaders on to the importance of this work.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see all of you at the training on October 23rd.
Chair, Legal and Legislative Committee