Advocacy, Lobby Dates, and TCA

Texas Counseling Association has organized Advocacy Days at the Capitol. Consider joining in and advocating for our profession. The future of counseling in our great state depends on each of us speaking up and having our voices heard. Here is the information from the TCA website:

www.txca.org

The Texas Counseling Association will sponsor three Legislative Advocacy Days during the 82nd Legislative Session. Visiting your elected officials at the Capitol is a very effective way to influence public policy.

Each Advocacy Day will begin at 8:00am with breakfast in the Capitol Cafeteria located on the first floor of the Capitol extension, followed by an orientation. The orientation will include an Advocacy Day Packet that includes resource materials to share with your elected officials as well as updates on bills, committee meetings and other events that will be considered by the Legislature on that particular Advocacy Day. TCA staff will remain in the Cafeteria throughout the day to provide support, resource materials and answer questions.

Please register to attend so we can be sure to have enough materials available.
http://www.txca.org/Forms.asp?MODE=NEW&Forms_FormTypeID=-116

TCA Advocacy Days:
February 22, 2011 was a success. Join us in March and April!
March 22, 2011
April, 19, 2011

To view resource materials that will help you prepare for a capitol visit, when writing a letter or making a phone call to your legislators,www.txca.org/tca/Public_Policy_Updates.asp

To view the 2011-2012 TCA Public Policy Agenda for the 82nd Legislative Session,http://www.txca.org/images/tca/Documents/Legislative/Updates/TCAPublicPo…

To find out who represents you, get copies of bills and for other legislative information, go to the Texas Legislature Online.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

An office visit is one of the most effective ways to communicate your interest in an issue or bill and to build a relationship with your elected official. We encourage you to call to schedule an appointment with your Representative or Senator or their staff while you are in Austin. If you are unable to confirm an appointment with your elected official, ask to meet with the staff person who handles mental health or education issues, depending on your area of interest. Meeting with staff can be as, if not more, effective than meeting with your Legislator. To learn more about scheduling a meeting with your representative, click here.

If you have any questions or need assistance with a legislative issue, please contact [email protected].

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