There are no formal guidelines but as a general rule:
Always be polite and respectful.
Never threaten a legislator (this hurts our cause and can result in legal action).
Never lie to a legislator.
If a legislator asks for more information, do your best to provide it.
If you don’t know an answer, simply reply that you will do your best to provide the information and ask AGC for assistance.
Keep your email brief and to the point. Legislators get hundreds of emails – short emails get read more often.
Select the recipient(s) last – it can save an “accidental send.”
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK “SEND” – IF IN DOUBT, DON’T SEND IT, COPY YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER AND REVIEW IT LATER. YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE CHANGES, BUT YOU CANNOT RECALL AN ILL-CONSIDERED EMAIL ONCE IT HAS BEEN SENT.
We could, but “form” emails do not have the credibility of a personally written email. However, there is nothing wrong with writing the same thing to multiple legislators as the system sends individual emails to each of the legislators.
Yes, we recommend that you do this and run a grammar and spelling check before you cut and paste your message into the email system message box. This will also allow you to save your message in the event you want to use it on another bill.