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Location: Disability Rights Montana office conference room, 1022 Chestnut Street, Helena

Sponsors: Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club, Montana Conservation Voters, Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Wildlife Federation

Policy Small Group Leaders:

  • Clean Energy – Kyla Maki, MEIC; Neal Ullman Montana Conservation Voters
  • Land Use – Anne Hedges MEIC; Shelbi Dantic Montana Conservation Voters
  • Wildlife – Nick Gevock, MT Wildlife Federation; Ben Lamb Greater Yellowstone Coalition
  • Water Use- Derf Johnson, MEIC; Mark Aagenes, Trout Unlimited

Individual Goals of Training:

  • Learn basic lobbying skills, practice “the Ask”
  • Know who your legislators are and how to find them today
  • Choose one or two specific bills on which to lobby
  • Learn about hot conservation issues and the specific legislation affecting clean water, family farmers and ranchers, clean energy and wildlife
  • Meet with your Representative and Senator
  • Report the results of your conversation to your Conservation Staff Contact

Schedule 

Please note- rides are on your own to and from the Capitol unless otherwise indicated.

9:30 Training: Disability Rights Montana, 1022 Chestnut Street, Helena

11:15 Meet with Legislators

12:00 Lunch at the Capitol with Legislators, room 335

1:00 Tour of the Capitol, Meets at Information Desk on 1st floor, up to 25 people
OR House and Senate Floor Sessions, 3rd floor, Capitol

2:45 Check-in, quick debrief with advocates, 1st floor, in front of Information desk

3:00 Afternoon hearings:

  • Senate Energy and Telecommunications- Rm. 317
  • Senate Fish and Game- Rm. 422
  • House Local Government- Rm. 172
  • House Fish Wildlife and Parks- Rm. 152

4:45 Check-in, debrief with advocates, 1st floor

5:00 Break

6:00 Legislative Reception – Holter Museum of Art, 12 E Lawrence St.

Training Agenda:

9:30 Introductions, Welcome, Shelbi Dantic, MCV

9:50 Lobbying Basics- Anne Hedges, MEIC

10:15 Policy training, small group sessions – please choose 1

  • Clean Energy – Kyla Maki, MEIC; Neal Ullman Montana Conservation Voters
  • Land Use – Anne Hedges MEIC; Shelbi Dantic Montana Conservation Voters
  • Wildlife – Nick Gevock, MT Wildlife Federation; Ben Lamb Greater Yellowstone Coalition
  • Water Use- Derf Johnson, MEIC; Mark Aaganes, Trout Unlimited

10:45 Conclusions, Questions?

11:00 Leave for Capitol

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