Citizen Lobbyist Training

2015 training scheduled Jan. 30

The Equality State Policy Center’s next Citizen Lobbyist Training will be conducted Jan. 30, 2015 starting at 8 a.m. at the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne.

Firefighters union lobbyist Joe Fender, right, talks about testifying to a legislative committee with attendees of the 2013 Citizen Lobbyist Training.

Firefighters union lobbyist Joe Fender, right, talks about testifying to a legislative committee with attendees of the 2013 Citizen Lobbyist Training.

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.

An committee of ESPC board members is working to reconfigure the training in 2015. Keep an eye on this page to learn more over the next few weeks.

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 is $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.

WyoFile coverage in 2011

The 2011 workshop was staged Jan. 12, the second day of the general session. Veteran Wyoming reporter Ruffin Prevost attended the 2011 training. You can read the report he posted for WyoFile, one of the best sources of in-depth reporting on Wyoming people, issues and events, here.