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Reproductive Health and Rights Lobby Day
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Monday, February 18, 2013 (President's Day)
If the thought of missing lobby day is making you tear up, please give me a call at (206) 624-1990 and we'll work something out.
Frequently asked questions:
What issues will we be working on?
We will be working hard to pass the Reproductive Parity Act. Washington women need the freedom and privacy to make health care decisions that are right for themselves and their families. The RPA leaves a woman's decision about her pregnancy with her and her family - not at the whim of her insurance plan.
We will oppose the Parental Notification Bill (SB 5156) -- a bill that will endanger young women's health and safety by requiring health providers to notify her patients if she seeks an abortion
Additionally, once again we must work to preserve funding for family planning services. The state budget is stretched very thin and it's very likely that cuts will have to be made to important services. But we know that the family planning safety net saves the state money and improves people's lives. This is a budget cut Washington State can't afford!
How do I get to lobby day?
Optional round-trip bus transportation is available in Western Washington with stops in Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, and Centralia. To help defray the cost of Lobby Day transportation, a $5 fee reserves your seat. The bus is a great low-stress way to travel and mingle with other Lobby Day attendees. You are also welcome to drive on your own, or we can help you facilitate a carpool.
Will there be training available?
Yes! Several training sessions will be conducted in the weeks leading up to Lobby Day. We highly recommend that you attend a session to learn the basics of state government, the ins and outs of our Lobby Day bills and issues, and how to be an effective citizen lobbyist. In previous years, advocates have reported feeling much better-prepared for lobbying and better-informed on the issues after they attended a training - and they appreciated getting to know their fellow activists before the big day. Training dates, times and locations will be listed soon, and after you register we will contact you with more information.
What do team captains do?
Each legislative district will have a Team Captain who helps to lead their group. This person makes sure the team is prepared for lobbying, leads the group to their appointments, and ensures everyone feels comfortable throughout the day. Team Captains are typically constituents from the district they are leading. They usually have lobbied before or have experience volunteering with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Their help is invaluable to us! If you are interested in being a Team Captain, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll provide you with extra training, Lobby Day logistics information, and loads of thanks.
What if the weather is bad?
Rain, shine, sleet or snow...Unless the Capitol is closed, Lobby Day will still take place. Please dress in layers, prepared for rain and/or the cold and a fair amount of walking. If there are any changes to Lobby Day that will affect you, we will notify you. You will also receive my personal contact information for support with any questions or concerns that you have the day of the event.