Never Been Before?
Watch our Lobby Day Prep Video
Our pre-recorded Preparation Video (above) is the best place to start if you've never attended Lobby Day before. It covers logistics, lobbying tips, & why Lobby Day is so important. We are back in person!
Short on time? You can check out these Webinar slides:
Typical SCHEDULE for Midwife Lobby Day
8:00am: Briefing on Legislative Agenda updates & What to Expect at Amber’s house in Olympia, WA; Light breakfast items provided
8:45am: leave for Meetings with Legislators with Team; Remember to complete lobby day response form for each visit
TBD, ?11:30: Group Photo in the Rotunda
~12:00pm: Lunch Hour, Return to basecamp at Amber's home
4/5pm: Skip traffic & join us to Debrief.
The beauty of Midwife Lobby Day is that you can just show up and make an impact even if you don't want to say anything!
What to Expect on (In Person) Lobby Day:
a note from our lobbyist, Amber Ulvenes
Coming to the Capitol during the legislative session is exciting and fun, but can be a little intimidating too. Here are tips from our lobbyist, Amber, to help you enjoy your day on the hill.
- Yes, it's true, parking is a pain in the neck. My advice is to arrive early, and check out our parking location suggestions in the slides below. You may have to park a ways away, but once you get to base camp, you are set for the day. We will walk everywhere else. If you do have to park a ways away, buses are free (but may not be convenient).
- What to wear? Business casual is how I would describe it. Your everyday lobbyist types wear suits, which is not necessary for Lobby Day, but slacks and jacket, or skirt and sweater are appropriate. Though sometimes very tempted, I don't wear jeans, athletic shoes, or muddy boots to the Capitol.
- Arrive on time for the morning briefing. You won't want to miss this orientation to our Lobby Day agenda and to your schedule and team leads.
- Going to meetings with legislators. If you choose to, you can ALWAYS go with a team, and you don't have to say anything. There are those of us that might not let you get a word in edgewise anyway! Do what feels comfortable for you. You will get the hang of the meetings as we go. We will provide notes for you to speak from, and information for you to hand out.
- Food. We will have some morning snacks, coffee and tea at the briefing. For lunch, feel free to pack your own or walk downtown. For those who ordered ahead, Lunch boxes will be delivered for you. La Gitana, Kitzel's Deli, Trinacria, and the Bread Peddler are all right downtown Dash and are locally-owned deliciousness. If its a nice day, it's only a 15-minute walk downtown. For those able to stick around, we will be meeting up at a location where we can all debrief and share about our day and where anyone who wants food can order.
- Kiddos. It can be a long day, but you're welcome to bring them. It's nice for legislators to see some little ones.