Sunday & Monday, April 21 & 22, 2013
The Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake & State Capitol, Sacramento
About Legislative Lobby Days
Legislative Lobby Days is a two-day event that educates students and professionals about important legislation affecting clients and the social work profession. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and get a "hands-on" lobbying experience of talking with state legislators about important policy issues.
Sunday, April 21: Learn the basics of lobbying and prepare for legislative appointments.
Monday, April 22: Attend the Social Action Rally and Legislative Appointments at
the State Capitol. Attendees must attend Sunday to participate
in Monday's appointments.
Who Should Attend
· Professional Social Workers in all fields
· BSW and MSW Students
· Social Work Professors
Reasons to Attend
- Discover the legislative process and how to lobby Legislators.
- Learn about important legislation that affects social workers and the clients they serve.
- Find out how all social workers, students, clinicians, organizers, and managers can have an impact on state policy.
- Meet Legislators, their staff and other important political contacts in Sacramento. Network with other social workers and "Stand Up For Others" on important social issues!
- Earn up to 8 CEUs - 3 for Sunday only; 6 if you attend both Sunday and Monday; 8 for being a Team Leader.
Additional Event Links
Exhibitor/Advertiser/Sponsor Information - Expand your organization's or agency's exposure!
2013 Team Leader and Volunteer Information - Discounted rate available for Team Leaders & Volunteers.
Monday - December 17, 2012 Early Bird Discount Deadline
Monday - February 19, 2013 Group, Team Leader and Volunteer Deadline
Monday - March 11, 2013 Final Deadline – No Onsite Registrations
Monday - March 11, 2013 Cancellation/Refund Deadline
A $10 fee is charged for all cancellations.
No refunds after this date - no exceptions.
Sunday - April 21, 2013
| 8:00am|| Registration Check-in & Exhibits (No host coffee & breakfast available in hotel) |
| 9:00am || Opening Remarks|
| 9:30am || State Budget Presentation - Political Factors that Drive the Budget Process|
| 10:00am|| Specific Bill Content - Understanding a Bill's Content is Key to Lobbying|
| 11:30am|| Keynote Speaker|
| 12:00pm|| Lunch (Lunch is included with registration)|
| 1:00pm|| Networking Time|
| 1:45pm|| Legislative Process - An Overview of How Bills Become Law|
| 2:00pm|| How to Lobby - The Important "do's and don'ts" of Lobbying|
| 3:00pm|| Skits - Preparing for Legislative Appointments|
| 3:30pm|| Legislative Appointment Team Meetings |
| 4:30pm|| Sunday's Program Ends |
*Agenda subject to change
Monday - April 22, 2013
| 8:30am|| Appointments with Legislators |
| 11:00am || Social Action Rally on the Steps of the State Capitol |
| 12:30pm || Lunch on Your Own|
| 1:00pm|| Appointments with Legislators (Optional Activities: Capitol Tours, Legislative Floor |
Sessions, and Committee Hearings)
| 4:30pm|| Monday's Program Ends|
*Agenda subject to change
Phone: (800) 538-2565 ext. 17 (CA Only) or
(916) 442-4565 ext. 17
What is a Legislative Appointment?
A legislative appointment is a meeting in a Legislator's office where you, as a National Association of Social Workers Advocate, can educate and lobby Legislators on key issues affecting social work professionals and our clients. You will be representing NASW on specific issues of great importance to the CA Chapter.
During the registration process, you can request an appointment with a Legislator where you will have the opportunity to educate and advocate on the issues you learn about during Sunday's presentation.
Participants will not have to go to a legislative appointment alone! You will be teamed up with other participants and a Team Leader, who will assist you in preparing for your legislative appointment on Sunday and at the actual appointment on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, there will be interactive and small group sessions with your team to prepare you for your legislative appointment on Monday.
Legislative Appointment Rules
NASW makes every effort to schedule legislative appointments with the attendee's local Assembly member or Senator; however, they are extremely busy and their availability is dependent upon many factors. Please read the following considerations:
The hour of your legislative appointment will be given to you on Sunday, April 21.
Appointments will be scheduled any time from 8:30am - 2:30pm on Monday, April 22.
NASW cannot guarantee the time of day or with whom your appointment will be scheduled on Monday, except that all appointments will be concluded by 3:00pm. Please keep this in mind as you make your travel arrangements.
You will be lobbying NASW-CA approved policy topics during your appointment. Remember you are representing NASW, not your employer or school.
Please go to the appointment for which you are assigned. No changes or substitutions will be made at the event.
On Monday, please wear Business or Professional Attire for visits to the Capitol.
Legislative Lobby Day Topics
Legislative Lobby Days Topics are chosen by the NASW-CA Legislative Committee and are typically the priority policy issues for NASW-CA during that legislative year. Priorities are based on several factors including, but not limited to, need, trend, budget, diversity and viability. Legislative topics are developed in the Fall for introduction in January/February of each year. Lobby Days topics will be finalized shortly after the deadline to introduce legislation for the 2013 Legislative Session. Background materials will be available no later than a week before the event.
Monday's Transportation to the Capitol
For Monday, NASW has chartered a bus that will be available to transport attendees between the hotel and the State Capitol at no cost. The shuttle schedule will be available in the onsite Lobby Days program. Participants may also drive to the Capitol. Maps, Parking Lot Suggestions & Prices will be available in the NASW Onsite Program on Sunday.