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As citizen's we are all free to voice our individual views and the University of West Florida respects and supports this right. However, university employees must remember that the University of West Florida Board of Trustees and their designees speak for the university on legislative issues in an official capacity. University guidelines direct the following:
Please remember that UWF resources are not to be used for personal (unofficial) contacts with legislators or legislative staff. This includes but is not limited to:
University Point of Contact
Janice Gilley, Director of Governmental Relations & Special Assistant to the President
Understanding and Communicating with the Florida Legislature
Much of the information below was taken from the Florida Legislature's Web site at http://www.leg.state.fl.us. This site is an excellent resource provided by the Florida Legislature. Below you will find information on helpful tips on how to contact your legislators and effective communication with elected officials.
How to Communicate with your Legislator
As a Floridian, one of your greatest responsibilities is to help elect the representatives who represent you and the state's more than 18 million other residents. But your role in the democratic process of government does not end at the polls. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your representatives and senators in Tallahassee, you help them decide what to do about the issues and pending legislation that affect us all. They value your suggestions and encourage you to express them.
Your representatives receive a huge number of phone calls, letters and emails from their constituents. Unfortunately, their full agendas limit their ability to personally respond to them all. How can you be sure your voice is heard? Here are some tips to help you get the most impact out of your communications with your representatives in Tallahassee.
Writing Effective Letters
Address letters to Members of the House of Representatives as follows:
The Honorable John Doe
Florida House of Representatives
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300.
Address letters to senators this way:
Senator Jane Doe
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100.
Calling or Visiting Your Representative