How To Be An Advocate For This Bill: Calling your representative

Photo by WV Legislature Photography/Perry Bennett

Photo by WV Legislature Photography/Perry Bennett

If you don’t know who your legislators are, this website, Common Cause, can tell you, and it provides contact information for each of your state legislators.

When you call the legislator’s office, tell whoever answers the phone that you’re a constituent of the legislator and you’re calling about the bill (give them the bill number if you have it) to increase the rate of the state historic rehabilitation tax credit from 10% to 25% for income-producing properties.

A few calls can really make a difference in a legislator’s vote. Two or three calls are usually worth more than 20 or 30 form emails.

Tell them which committee the bill is in, and ask who staffs that committee for the legislator. If the bill already has passed committee and is before the full Senate or House of Delegates, ask who handles bills coming to the floor. Then ask to talk to that person. Be willing to hold a while or even call back later to get him or her.

When you get a staffer or the legislator on the phone, introduce yourself. Explain why you care about increasing the rate to 25%.

Your talking points might include spurring private investment, creating jobs, or repurposing vacant and underutilized buildings. You can use Revitalize WV Downtowns’ handy one-pager for more information to share with legislators.

Tell the staffer or legislator that you are calling to ask the legislator to vote yes on the bill. Ask if he or she knows how the legislator plans to vote. Thank them for their time.

A few calls can really make a difference in a legislator’s vote. Two or three calls are usually worth more than 20 or 30 form emails.

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