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Guidelines for Writing Letters to Decision-Makers
Personalized letters or emails
are one of the best ways to express your opinions to policy makers. Legislators care about the opinions of the people and will usually
record how many comments they receive per issue. Your letter is not just another tally mark, but valid
argument that may influence the actions of the state representative or
senator. Often, policy makers
will make sure that personal letters receive a response.
Honorable John D. Smith
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Assemblyman Smith:
am writing to voice my concern for.../ Please actively support..../ I am
writing to support the...
Give reasons for your
concerns and reasons why the senator should take these actions.
If appropriate, include personal information or stories about
why the issue matters to you. If
you have specialized knowledge on the issue, include that as well.