Legislative

Guide to Elected Officials

Hamilton County

Brown County

Clermont County and www.lwvclermont.com

Clinton County

Warren County

Local Government Meeting Schedules

We encourage members to stay in touch with political and health issues in your community.

 

Hamilton County

Cincinnati City Council
Cincinnati Board of Health
HCPH (Hamilton County Public Health)

Warren County

Lebanon City Council
Warren County Board of Health

Middletown City Council

Clermont County

Milford City Council
Clermont County Board of Health

Clinton County

Clinton County Board of Health

*Note:  There is no schedule listed on their website.  They meet the 4th Monday of every month at 4 p.m.  For more information call 937-382-3829.

Brown County

Brown County Health Department

*Note:  There is no schedule listed on their website.  They meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.  For more information call 937-378-6892.


How to Write Your Legislator

Members of the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Ohio General Assembly should know that registered nurses are part of their constituencies. As a professional person you are responsible for informing those in public service of the legislative interests of the nursing profession. Writing a letter to your legislator is an effective means of communicating your views. Hearing from home helps a legislator stay informed of local conditions that might be the subject of legislative action. The suggestions outlined below will help you be more effective in your legislative letter writing.
Use the Correct Name, Address and Salutation

Address federal legislators as:

The Honorable ____________________
Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510

Dear Senator:

 

The Honorable ____________________
House Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20515

Dear Ms. or Mr.:

Address state legislators as:

The Honorable ____________________
The Ohio Senate
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Senator:

The Honorable ____________________
The Ohio House of Representatives
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Identify Yourself and the Association You Represent: If you are a constituent, begin your letter by saying so. Present your opinion in an intelligent, well-considered manner. Sign your name and be sure to include RN. Also include your address. Send a copy of the letter and response to ONA so they will also be informed.

Identify References to Legislation Correctly by Number, Title, or Both: Make clear what your position is and what exactly you would like your legislator to do. Whenever possible, refer to a specific bill by name and number. Write about only one bill or issue in each letter. Most legislators file by subject or bill.
Make Your Letter Brief, Specific and Straight-Forward: Write legibly or type. Letters should be business-like, concise and clearly worded.

Be Polite: Legislators react adversely to pressure tactics in the nature of promises or threats. Both are offensive and self-defeating.

Use Your Own Thoughts and Words: Make the letter your own. Form letters, even handwritten ones, are easy to recognize. Including your own personal experience is the best supporting evidence. Tell your legislator how the issue would affect you, your family, your clients, your organization, your profession or your community.

Substantiate Your Position with Concise Statements of Supportive Evidence: Avoid an emotional approach. A legislator may appreciate learning of any specialized knowledge or experience which qualifies you to speak with authority on a subject. Ask your legislator to state his/her position in a reply.

Offer to Provide Additional Information: Your legislator cannot possibly know everything about every issue. Indicate your willingness to be of further assistance, especially if you are aware of data or research which may be helpful.

Time Your Letter Appropriately: Timing is important. Letters should arrive after a bill has been formally introduced. The legislator will appreciate your views most when a bill is up for study and action.

Follow the Issue to a Conclusion: If you do not get a reply, write again. Follow through to learn the results of the vote on the bill. If your legislator pleases you with a vote on an issue, write to tell him/her so. A letter complimenting your legislator will be remembered favorably the next time you write.

The hardest part of legislative letter writing is getting started. Assistance is available from your District Committee on Legislation and ONA. Legislative Directories listing the names and home addresses of Ohio’s representatives in the United States Senate and House of Representatives and in the Ohio General Assembly are available to ONA members in the Advocacy section of the Ohio Nurses Association. If you need information concerning your legislative district or the identity of your legislators, please contact your County Board of Elections.