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Registration for Legislative Action Week is now closed. If you are still interested in joining us, please contact Teresa Machado at tmachado@csba.org

Join CSBA for this free three-day virtual event connecting local governance leaders with members of the California Legislature and their staff to shine light on the critical issues facing California’s schools.

Out of an abundance of caution due to the pandemic, CSBA’s Legislative Action Day is transitioning from an in-person advocacy day to a virtual advocacy week

What will the 2022 virtual Legislative Action Week event look like?

Three days of meetings with your local state legislators

CSBA staff will schedule virtual Zoom meetings with your state legislators during the workday on March 15–17. You will meet with the Senators and Assemblymembers and their staff who represent your district or county office of education to discuss the most pressing issues facing your schools, programs and students.

The timing of each meeting will depend on the schedule and availability of legislators and their staff. If you have specific scheduling requests and preferences, please reach out to Teresa Machado at tmachado@csba.org and we will do our best to accommodate you.

You can expect to receive your tentative meeting schedule a few weeks before the event. We will do our best to keep late-breaking changes or additions to your schedule to a minimum, but meeting times may be added or changed depending on the availability of your state legislator. 

Zoom platform

Meetings will be hosted via Zoom. CSBA staff will provide you with a calendar invitation and a Zoom link for each meeting, and each call will have a Zoom facilitator present to handle the logistics and any troubleshooting.

Training, talking points and advocacy tips

In addition to scheduling, CSBA staff will provide all participants with training and tips to make the most of every meeting. We will be hosting a training webinar in early March that will go over suggested topics and talking points, best practices for meetings with legislators and their staff, logistics and what to expect at a virtual advocacy event. Stay tuned for webinar information (date / time / registration link).

After the training, all Legislative Action Week participants will receive a recording of the webinar as well as the training materials (including slides, talking points, and tip sheets).

Why the move to a virtual event?

While CSBA originally planned to host an in-person Legislative Action Day in Sacramento on March 15, a host of logistical and public health obstacles have required us to move the event to a virtual format, similar to the one provided in 2021.

Due to ongoing construction at the Capitol, legislators and their staff recently moved to a much smaller temporary office building with limited space for visitors. In combination with state, local and legislative public health restrictions, the smaller space makes large meetings of the type most common with an in-person Legislative Action Day extremely difficult to accommodate. A virtual event will maximize participation and meeting effectiveness for attendees given this year’s limitations. If CSBA was to press forward with an in-person event, there would be far too many uncertainties and logistical challenges in working to meet Legislator preferences, building capacity restrictions and public health mandates. 

No Cost to attend

Questions?

For any questions, please contact Teresa Machado at tmachado@csba.org