2013 Citizen Lobbyist Training update

Legislative workshop postponed to Feb. 6

Learn advocacy skills needed to influence policy decisions

The Equality State Policy Center has postponed its 2013 Citizen Lobbyist Training until Feb. 6 to make it available to more people. The ESPC’s Citizen Lobbyist Training is widely recognized as one of the best short-courses available to understand the workings of the Wyoming Legislature. The day-long workshop educates citizens about the legislative process and how they can effectively influence public policy-making.

Mock committee hearing at The Plains

Online Registration available

Please consider signing up by Feb. 1 to enable us to prepare sufficient materials and make adequate lunch preparations. To register, click here. This year’s Citizen Lobbyist Training will start at 8 a.m. at the Plains Hotel located at 1600 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Participants in the training learn how a bill becomes law. Experienced lobbyists who work for ESPC member organizations outline the attributes of an effective lobbyist and teach attendees how to testify before a legislative committee. Other presentations outline how citizens can get the attention of legislators and affect their policy deliberations from home. Sitting legislators offer their perspectives on lobbying and discuss approaches that work – and that don’t work – with them. We’ll offer a virtual tour of the Legislature’s website, which has become a key resource for tracking developments during and following each session. The training also will include a real tour of the Wyoming Capitol and the opportunity to practice new lobbying skills on legislators. And in the 2013 training, we will offer 60-75 minute workshops on a number of issues. Please check back here for more news about workshop topics and presentations. The training attracts citizens from all walks of life, including students, representatives of nonprofit groups and people who simply want to learn more about lawmaking in Wyoming. The cost of the training $50 per person. The fee helps us defray the cost of  materials, lunch and refreshments. We offer a discounted rate of $25 for attendees affiliated with ESPC groups. The registration fee is not meant to be prohibitive, however, and we offer scholarships to participants who need assistance. For more information, please call Dan Neal at 307-258-2783.

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