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Lobbying Resources

At the heart of the Association's lobbying strategy is the grassroots involvement of members in every corner of the state. Although NSEA's lobbyists play a key role during the session, legislators want—and need—to hear how their actions will impact children and education back home.

Who's My Legislator / What's My District?

If you are not sure who your elected officials are or which districts you are in, click here for a great interactive tool where you can search by your address or zip code!

Testifying at the Legislature

Because the 81st Session began in a virtual format, below is a very detailed step by step on how to call in to provide public comment and/or testimony on a bill. 

Step One: Go to the Nevada Legislative Page 

Step Two: View Events (Upper Right Corner) or Click Here

Step Three: Find Your Event and Click On the Committee Name

Step Four: Click Participate (Upper Right Corner)

Step Five: Fill out Your Information

Step Six: Indicate Whether you will speak during Public Comment or on an Agenda Item

For Agenda Item(s)

  1. Select Bill(s) from Bill or Budget
  2.  Select Your Position (Support, Oppose, Neutral)
  3. Who you are representing Tip: you may just say “individual” but please indicate that you are a NSEA Member as well as your affiliate).
  4. Click “I Wish to Speak on this Item”
  5. Click Add This Item
  6. On the right side of the screen, you will see “Agenda List” Please select the bill(s) you selected from Section A
  7. Click “I’m Not A Robot” and hit “Submit”
  • You will be brought to a confirmation page with the dial-in number. It will also be emailed to you. Use the number and meeting ID provided to dial in once the meeting starts. Listen for the verbal prompts given by the Chair and Broadcast and Production Services staff as to how to participate during the meeting. 
  • Please listen to directions closely. When the support, oppose, neutral sections are called, you will press *9 to indicate which category you are calling in about. They will call you by the last 3 digits of the number you are calling from so be mindful of that.  You will then be unmuted and can begin speaking. 

For Public Comment

  1. Select public comment
  2. Click “I’m Not A Robot” and hit “Submit”
  • You will be brought to a confirmation page with the dial-in number and code. It will also be emailed to you. At the end of the meeting, you will dial in and provide your comments.

Lobbying Tips

Lobbying isn't hard—and it can be fun. You don't have to be an expert on school finance or anything else but you are the expert on how legislation will affect your students and your school.
Here are some tips for effective lobbying:
  • Keep on top of the issues by regularly visiting our website.
  • The most effective member-lobbyists are those who have developed a personal relationship with their legislators. Plan to keep in touch throughout the session via letters, phone calls, or personal visits when they are home for the weekend.
  • If you plan to meet with your legislator at the Capitol during the legislative session, be sure to schedule an appointment in advance.
  • Personal letters are always appreciated. Remember to stick to only one or two issues at a time, provide real-life personal examples, and be polite. Also, don't forget to carefully proofread your letter.
  • You can reach legislators through our Legislative Directory. Before you use your school e-mail account to correspond with your legislator, be sure to check your school district's policy on personal use of e-mail.

 

OutreachCircle

NSEA uses the Outreach Circle platform to create actions that engage and mobilize members for various legislative and statewide campaigns. With this tool, we can email, text, create letter-writing campaigns, and a host of other actions. It is a great way to be involved with the legislative process and all you need is a cellphone! Click here to sign up and get started!

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