Submit a letter of support/opposition - CA Legislature
Submitting a Letter to a Legislative Committee
The Assembly is using a new portal to streamline submission of support/opposition letters about bills to committees. To submit a letter on behalf of your Indivisible group you will need to:
Check out this video below for a tutorial on how to create an account and submit a letter on the legislature advocates portal.
In state legislatures, the committee process is extremely important. Once a bill is introduced, it is referred to a policy committee, which debates its content and may propose amendments. This is where interest groups on both sides of the aisle weigh in and lobby legislators hard because there are fewer people to convince of your position. As a result, bills can easily fail in committee and never see the light of day. So if there is a bill that you care about, engaging in the committee process is both absolutely critical and enormously impactful — a little effort can go a long way.
Sending a written letter of your position directly to a state legislative policy committee is a tried and true method of making your voice heard at the committee level. Committees keep a list of the written testimonies they receive from various interest groups. Sometimes, portions of your testimony may even be included in formal bill analysis documents that are provided to legislators when they are voting!