USE THE FOLLOWING HELPFUL HINTS WHEN WRITING YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS: Introduce Yourself. In the first line of your letter, you should include your name, the name of your organization, and the fact that you are a constituent. Make sure your letters and correspondence always includes either your home or work address located in the district. Be Up-front. 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 it. House bill: H. R. ____, Senate bill: S.____. State the reasons you are asking the Member to support or oppose the bill or take certain action. Legislative information is available electronically through the Wyoming Legislature’s website: http://legisweb.state.wy.us. Information includes the text of all bills, all roll call votes, and schedules of committee meetings will be available in the late afternoon for the next day’s meetings. Members of the public can obtain the current status of any bill in the legislative process when the Legislature is in session by calling 1-800-342-9570, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Citizens with hearing impairment may call toll free Wyoming Relay Services at 1-800-877-9965 for TDD or Text Telephones. Personalize. Elected officials want to hear how the legislation you are writing about will affect your life, your business and your employees. Be courteous and include key information, using examples to support your position. Try to address only one issue in each letter and keep the letter to one page. Addresses. If you are writing your Senators the letter should be addressed, "Dear Senator." It should be mailed to The Honorable (full name), United States Senate, Washington DC 20510. When writing your state Senator the letter should be addressed, “Dear Senator” and mailed to The Honorable (full name) in care of Wyoming Senate, State Capitol. Cheyenne, WY 82002. If you are writing your House member the letter should be addressed, "Dear Representative." It should be mailed to The Honorable (full name), United States House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515. When writing your state Representative, your letter should be addressed, “Dear Representative” and mailed to The Honorable (full name) in care of Wyoming House, State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY 82002. To obtain a list of the Wyoming Legislature, visit the website at http://legisweb.state.wy.us. Legislators can also be contacted via email and their addresses are listed on the website as well. Request a Response. You should receive written response from your elected official to your letters. Always request that the elected official write you back to let you know where they stand on your issue of concern. Often times these response letters are form letters. Do not be discouraged. If you received a response letter it means your letter was read and counted and that is the most important thing. Say, "Thank You." Elected officials are just like everyone else; they like to be thanked. If your elected official supports a piece of legislation important to the travel and tourism industry, write your lawmaker a note of thanks and let them know you appreciate their work and service. [* Due to increased security and new procedures for handling U.S. mail sent to Congress, you are strongly urged to hand deliver or fax correspondence to the United States Capitol and check first about mailing to other government offices.] Use the following helpful hints when telephoning your elected official: Remember Only One Number. To call your Representative or Senator you need to know one number— the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask for your elected official's office and the operator will transfer you. To convey a detailed message to Wyoming Legislators, citizens should call the Senate Receptionist at 307-777-7711 or the House Receptionist at 307-777-7852. Telephone numbers for city and county elected officials will be in your local telephone book. Ask for Staff. A staff member often takes telephone calls for U.S. Congress. Once you are transferred, ask to speak with the staffer who deals with the issue you are concerned about or ask for the staffer who handles tourism issues. Do not just leave your message with the receptionist. If the staffer is not available leave the message on their voice mail. Take note of the staffer's name for future correspondence. State the Reason for Your Call. Identifying yourself, the organization you work for, and the fact that you are a constituent. Tell the staffer you would like to leave a brief message, such as: "Please tell Senator/Representative/Governor/Mayor, etc. (Name) that I am calling to urge him/her to support/oppose (S.___/H.R.___)." Try to be precise about what you are asking the lawmaker to do. State the reasons you are asking the elected official to support or oppose the bill or take certain action. Ask for Follow-Up. Ask for the elected official's position on the bill. You may also request a written response to your telephone call or leave your phone number so your legislator or a staffer can call you for a follow-up conversation. If you request a written response, remember to leave your mailing address. If you live or work in the district, give your address Source: TIA See America Week Toolkit and 2005-2006 Directory Fifty-Eighth Legislature Wyoming TOURISM TALKING POINTS National Tourism Week, May 12-20, 2007, is a great time to promote the importance of tourism to industry employees and elected officials. Below is a listing of fascinating facts that demonstrate the far reaching effects of travel and tourism. You can help get the tourism message out by using these facts or creating your own tourism fact sheet. Simply customize and send this document to your industry colleagues, members, and local lawmakers. • Did You Know that Travel and Tourism is Wyoming’s 2nd leading industry? • Did You Know that Travel and Tourism is a $1.3 trillion industry in the United States? • Did You Know that Travel and Tourism generated $90 million in state and local tax revenues for Wyoming in 2005? • Did You Know that Travel and Tourism generates $104.9 billion in tax revenue for local, state, and federal governments? • Did You Know that Travel and Tourism in Wyoming supports 28,620 jobs PT and FT? • Did You Know that the Travel and Tourism industry is one of the country's largest employers with 7.5 million direct travel-generated jobs? • Did You Know that Travel and Tourism in Wyoming accounted for $559 million in direct personal income in 2005? • Did You Know that there is $171.4 billion direct travel-generated payroll and that one out of every eighteen U.S. non-farm jobs is directly and indirectly created by travel and tourism. • Did You Know that every Wyoming household would pay $383 in additional taxes, if not for the contribution of the tourism industry? • Did You Know that each U.S. household would pay $965 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the Travel and Tourism Industry? • Did You Know that 6.9 million people stayed overnight in Wyoming in 2005? Source: The Power of Travel 2006 TIA and Longwoods International, Travel and tourism in Wyoming 2005 Travel Year Report, And Dean Runyan Associates, Wyoming Travel Impacts 2005.
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