Each session FJA is inundated with bills restricting or eliminating the rights of your clients. We cannot do it alone — the FJA needs reinforcement from our members. Members of the FJA Board of Directors volunteer their time to come to Tallahassee during the legislative sessions and interim committee weeks to lobby legislators, those they know and those they don’t know, on issues vital importance. All FJA members are invited and encouraged to join the lobbying ranks. On the job training – no experience is necessary!
When you come to Tallahassee:
- You will be briefed when you come to Tallahassee on the important issues we are working on, including pro-active and defensive legislation and given your assignments for the day.
- First time volunteers will be paired up with an FJA lobbyist, staff person, or an FJA member who already “knows the ropes” to work alongside for the day.
- Each member volunteer will receive the appropriate position papers, bills, amendments, and House and Senate directories so you can identify the legislators and find their offices.
- Volunteer lobbyists may also be called upon to draft amendments, position papers and talking points while in Tallahassee, as well as reviewing legislation which may affect FJA members and their clients.
- Volunteer members may be asked to monitor committee meetings and House or Senate floor action to ensure we know what is taking place at all times.
- If needed, some volunteer lobbyists may even testify before House or Senate committees.