Letter Writing Assignment Help – Letter to Legislator

Letter Writing Assignment Help – Letter to Legislator

Letter Writing Assignment Help – Letter to Legislator

Letter Writing Assignment Help

Assignment 2: Letter to Legislator

Choose a topic important in the field of nursing. Write a letter to your legislator explaining your topic and rationale for your opinion. Use facts and research to support your letter.
The letter must contain:
  • Specific name of your state legislator(s)
  • Address for legislator
  • Discuss a major concern in nursing
  • Be grammatically correct with proper spelling and punctuation
Need assistance?
Here are a few websites that may be helpful:
    • Tips for Writing your Legislator
    • Writing Your Legislators
      Letters may be written to a legislator's home address or to the State House during
      hearings, committee process or legislative sessions. The structure of the letter should
      1. The focus of your letter (preferably an action statement informing your legislator
      what you want done).
      2. If a bill, identification by name and number.
      3. Your credentials or why you have special knowledge about the issue.
      4. Major consequences of the proposed legislation.
      5. Rationales for your point of view (facts and statistics).
      6. Observations, personal anecdotes, or concrete examples supporting your
      7. A reiteration of what you want the legislator to do (vote yes, vote no, introduce
      legislation, encourage others to act).
      8. The effects proposed legislation will have on constituents (not just nursing).
      9. A request for your legislator's response (you are entitled to this information).
      Other suggestions for improving your letter writing are as follows:
      Letterheads portray to legislators whom you represent. Use personal stationery rather
      than letterhead from your health care facility, agency or school. ISNA stationery is
      acceptable when representing official association positions authorized by ISNA
      headquarters and mailed from the ISNA office.
      Always include your name and address on the letter. A letter cannot be answered if there
      is no return address or the signature is not legible. Envelopes with return addresses are
      usually discarded.
      Letters may be handwritten or typed. The deciding factor will be the legibility of your
      handwriting. Form letters are discouraged, because of their limited influence on
      legislators. Lawmakers want to hear their constituent's viewpoints, not "canned"
      responses funneled through their constituents. Sample letters designed to assist nurses in
      composing letters should be used only as a guide. Personalize your letter and make it
      your own.
      Keep your letter brief. Legislators are far too busy to read much more than one page.
      Include relevant and concise information – such as a fact sheet, summary document or
      newspaper clipping – when it lends more power to your letter. Do not apologize for
      writing and taking the legislator's time.
      Letters are most effective when written to your legislator and when directed toward
      legislators in key decision-making positions (for example, chairpersons and pertinent
      committee members).
      Time your letter to coincide with key events in the legislative process. A letter campaign
      is most effective during interim study committee meetings pre-session and during
      committee meetings in-session. Committees are where ideas are honed and formalized
      for presentation to the General Assembly. Do not write members of the House while the
      bill is still being considered in the Senate and vice versa. The bill may be quite different
      by the time it leaves one chamber.
      Keep in mind that you write letters to legislators to help them better represent you. It is
      not your place to cajole, demand or threaten. Avoid emotionalism or righteous clichés
      like "as a citizen and a taxpayer." Legislators respond best to courtesy and recognition of
      their previous actions supporting health care and pro-nursing initiatives.
      Generally avoid writing a legislator more than once on the same issue. Your time will be
      better spent persuading peers in your legislative district or peers of every legislator to
      write letters on the same issue. Also, avoid covering more than one topic per letter.
      Multiple topics dissipate the force of your argument.
      Follow-up to a legislator's actions may include a letter of commendation or "Thank-you"
      note when he or she has done something of which you particularly approve. Legislators
      like to be rewarded for "good behavior," too. Follow letters with visits.
      Please send a copy of your letter to ISNA headquarters.
      Adapted from Communication materials provided by Melinda Rider, 1988.
      Address your elected officials in a respectful manner with attention to the correct spelling
      of their names and proper titles.
      State Senators
      The Honorable (full name)
      Indiana State Senate
      State House
      Indianapolis, IN 46204
      Dear Senator (last name):
      State Representatives
      The Honorable (full name)
      Indiana House of Representatives
      State House
      Indianapolis, IN 46204
      Dear Representative (last name):
      The Honorable (full name)
      Governor of the State of Indiana
      State House
      Indianapolis, IN 46204
      Dear Governor (last name):
      Source: League of Women Voters


  • Sample Letter to Legislator 
    The Honorable _________
    New York State Assembly
    Albany, NY 12248
    The Honorable_______________
    New York State Senate
    Albany, NY 12247
    As a constituent and a public employee I am writing to ask you to oppose the governor’s
    executive budget language that seeks to extract almost a half a billion dollars in pay and benefit
    cuts from state employees and cuts general fund spending in agencies by 10%.
    There is no doubt that these cuts will lead to serious hardship for many New Yorkers who
    receive state services as well as to those who provide them.
    My agency has been cut year after year through this economic downturn and I am continually
    being asked to do more with less. I am writing to tell you this has reached a breaking point. It is
    just a matter of time before there is a catastrophic failure of critical state services.
    I work in ________________ and I see everyday how __________ is affected and how much of
    the work my agency does is delayed or left undone.
    Services will break down and will significantly increase health and safety risks to the public.
    Already more state bridges are deficient and pose an increased risk of collapse. Inspections and
    enforcement activities for: air emissions, hazardous waste sites, hazardous material spills,
    hospitals, and nursing homes have already been reduced. In many cases compliance with
    regulations are now dependent on businesses self reporting violations.
    The governor claims that the pain in this budget is shared but asks the state’s poor and middle
    class to bear the brunt of the pain while the state’s wealthiest receive tax cuts and businesses
    receive tax credits.
    As you negotiate a final state budget I ask that you adopt a budget that is fair to all and offer
    balanced solutions not just spending cuts to state operations and vital services.

The Honorable _(full name) __For example—Abraham Simpson______

Please add the address Marlena,

Dear Governor Simpson,

As a sincere public employee and a member of your constituency, I am writing this

heartfelt letter to convince you that certain issues in the profession of Nursing need your

immediate attention. I have been researching the major issues related to the shortage of

nurses and I have come across poor wages and a few other issues as the important reasons

behind the shortage of nurses.

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