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Let your legislators know what you think this session

Aspen Times Staff Report

The 2001 legislative session promises to be an important one for Colorado’s kids.

There will be key legislation on issues such as K-12 education, access to dental care for low-income children and the Child Health Plan. Your participation in the debates and legislative process surrounding these issues is critical!

Below are some tips on how to work with your legislators and be a strong and effective voice for Colorado’s kids. Know our legislators It is important to know who your state legislators are. To find this information, log on to http://www.vote-smart.org. By entering your zip code you can access the names of your Colorado State Senator and Colorado House of Representatives member. Know the bill If you need more information about a bill, want to know more about a legislator or have any questions about legislation affecting children’s issues, please feel free to go to http://www.coloradokids.org. You can also find any bill in its entirety on the state Web site at http://www.state.co.us Call your legislator A telephone call is the most effective way to communicate with your legislator. Hearing from constituents truly affects the way legislators vote on bills! Whether you get voice mail or speak to them personally, be sure to: Identify yourself by name and address (so they know you are a constituent). Identify the bill you wish to talk about and briefly state your position. If you get voice mail, leave your phone number so they can call you back. Just remember, whether leaving a message or speaking to them, be friendly, to the point, and let them know what you think. For more information, contact Moira Cullen at Colorado Children’s Campaign, 303-839-1580, extension 225, or e-mail her at moira@coloradokids.org

Kids First is a department of the city of Aspen funded by the affordable housing/daycare tax. Kids First provides information and funding for early childhood programs. For information, contact Amy or Shirley at 920-5363 or kids_first@ci.aspen.co.us. Portions of this article are reprinted from Colorado Children’s Campaign. The Kids First column appears every Wednesday in the Aspen Times.

A telephone call is the most effective way to communicate with your legislator.

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