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Writing your legislator

Writing a letter is a great way to communicate directly with legislators. When writing a legislator, consider these suggestions:

Individually written letters, rather than mass generated form letters, make a greater impression on your legislator.

Type your name, address, and phone number at the top.

The Minnesota State Legislature is only in session during the first few months of the year. When the legislature is out of session, address your letter to your legislator's district office. 

How to address your letter:

To your Minnesota State Senator:

The Honorable (Full Name)
State Capitol
Minnesota Senate
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155

To your Minnesota State Representatives:

The Honorable (Full Name)
State Capitol
Minnesota House of Representatives
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155

Be specific. Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter.

If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify its name and number; e.g. House bill or file: HF_____, Senate bill or file: SF_____.

Be current. Send your letter while the issue is still alive.

State your position. Explain why you support or oppose this particular issue. Keep in mind that local examples concerning the impact of this legislation are very powerful. Be courteous and to the point, keeping your letter focused on one issue.

Ask for a response. Indicate that you would appreciate a reply containing his/her position on the issue.

"Sincerely" is a proper way to conclude your letter. 

Follow up. If you agree with your legislator's eventual vote, say so. If you disagree, say so.

 

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