We are so excited that you are joining us for Lobby Day in Frankfort on February 13, 2019. Below is information on what to expect.
First, be sure to fill out the questionnaire letting us know you plan to attend. This gives us the info we need to look up your state senator and your state representative. Volunteers will call legislator offices to set up meetings with these legislators. If there are multiple supporters who live in the same district and have the same legislators, we will group you together for meetings. All meetings are subject to the availability and schedules of the legislators, but we do our best to make sure that meeting times coincide with the times you told us that you would be in Frankfort. If you cannot be in Frankfort at the time of your meeting, let us know ASAP at email@example.com.
Closer to lobby day, you will receive an e-mail from us with a link to view the scheduled meeting times. If you see other legislators on the list who are near your area, but you aren’t in their district, you are welcome to join in on those meetings. Please e-mail us to let us know if you want to join other meetings.
All meetings will take place in the Capitol Annex Building. Be prepared with your ID when you enter. We will have the rooms reserved as our “home base” for the day. The specific room number will be posted at a later date.
Everyone at the Annex is very helpful in directing you to where you need to be. This is where you can hang out between meetings, and where your kids can hang out. We will have a volunteer posted in the home base room as the “room mom” to answer all your questions.
Do I Need to Be There the Whole Time? No, you do not need to be present the entire time from 8:30am until 1:00pm. Once we have meeting times scheduled, you can plan to arrive in time for your first meeting and leave after your final meeting. You are also welcome to stay the entire time and attend additional meetings or help out in other ways.
Childcare– We will have adults and teenagers assigned to our “home base” room from 10:00am until 1:00pm to provide childcare while parents are in meetings. There will be a sign-in sheet for you to sign your child in and out and list your cell phone number. We will not be serving food in the room, so please bring your own snacks. You must feed your child before dropping them off! FOOD IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE ROOM. We encourage you to bring toys for your kids if they will be staying in the room.
While childcare is available, you are also more than welcome to take your children to meetings with you. You know your children best, and you know whether or not they will do well in meetings. Infants and school-age children usually do great. Toddlers and preschoolers are not usually quite so impressed with meetings 🙂
Baby Needs– There are no changing stations in any of the restrooms in the Annex. Feel free to change your baby in our home base room. You are also welcome to nurse your baby in our home base room, or anywhere you are comfortable. Most of us are very comfortable nursing in public and we know our legal rights when it comes to nursing in public. However, keep in mind that some legislators may not be as comfortable as we are, and we are trying to win them over 🙂 Above all, we trust your judgment!
What to Wear– There is no dress code for lobby day, but we do have suggestions. Most folks at the Capitol (legislators and lobbyists, staff) dress in business casual attire. Dress clothes are appropriate, such as business attire or business casual, “church clothes,” or something you might wear to a fancy dinner with family. Think conservative and not risque. That being said, jeans and a t-shirt are just fine, too. What you wear is far less important than simply showing up.
Before Meetings– Please look at the meeting schedule that will be e-mailed and know the times of your planned meetings. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to review the schedule or have questions. Plan to park and be inside the building at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time. That means you need to plan to be in the parking lot at least 30 minutes before your scheduled meeting time.
Senate offices are on the 2nd floor. House offices are on the 3rd and 4th floors. To get to the upper floors, use the elevators and stairs in the CENTER of the building. You cannot get into the upper floors from any other stairways. For Senate offices, you will go with your group to the office suite of the legislator you are meeting with. For House meetings, there is a lobby on each floor where one person from your group must check-in, and you must wait in the lobby to be called back. Every meeting will have a KHBC leader or lobbyist to accompany you. The leaders/lobbyists will be doing back to back meetings and will NOT have time to come to the home base room to get you and walk with you. They will meet you 1) at the office suite of your meeting if on the 2nd floor, or 2) in the lobby if on the 3rd of 4th floor.
During Meetings– Everyone will introduce themselves. Your job is to let your legislator know that you live in their district and that you care about licensing Certified Professional Midwives. You can mention more specifically where you live and any community ties you might have (where you go to church, where you went/your kids go to school, where you work, etc), and mention if you have any personal connections to the legislator. Use our Lobby Day cheat sheet to help you think about what you want to say. Click here for the cheat sheet.
The KHBC leader/lobbyist with you can address the bill more specifically and answer specific questions about the legislation. If there are any questions to which no one knows the answer, just say that you don’t know, but that someone will get the answer and get back to them.
If the legislator has strong feelings on any point, don’t argue with them, but do calmly state your position. If the legislator seems favorable, finish the meeting by asking them to co-sponsor the bill. Be sure to thank them for the meeting before you leave. Most meetings will last 10-20 minutes.
If you have back-to-back meetings, be aware of where your next meeting will take place.
Stay on Topic– While you are speaking with legislators on behalf of KHBC, please stay on topic. At any given time there are always many subject matters being considered by the General Assembly, and you may have strong feelings about many of those other topics. However, we ask that you do not discuss your views on other topics while in legislator meetings set up by KHBC. Home birth supporters range from very liberal to very conservative, and all points in between. Our topic is special in that it crosses all political barriers and unites people for a common cause.
Other ways to help– While you are not in meetings, you can help in the room by watching and playing with kids, or by helping deliver cookies to all legislators. There will be a “room mom” who can give you an assignment if you want to help out.
Food– There is a cafeteria in the lower level of the annex where you can have lunch.