Talking Points and Tips

Contacting your legislator is easy – and they want to hear from you!  Below are some tips and talking points.

  1. Introduce yourself, and remind them that you’re a voting constituent:  “Hi, I’m <first and name> and I live and vote in Representative X’s district.”
  2. Let them know why you’re calling:  “I’m calling to ask Representative X to opposeSenate Bill 331 and House Bill 573.”
  3. Share with them why they should oppose this legislation.  Keep it short and to the point:  “Hi, I’m and I live and vote in Representative X’s district, and I’m calling ask Representative X to oppose House Bill 573 and Senate Bill 331. These bills will eliminate home rule, are unenforceable, and they protect the puppy mill industry. Pet stores are thriving across the country without the sale of puppies. There is no need for this additional legislation and expense.”
    A Boston terrier looks out of its cage at a puppy mill.
  4. Thank the person and hang up!  It’s that simple!

So the script might go something like:

Hi, I’m <first and last name>. I live and vote in <Representative X>’s district, and I’m calling to ask <Representative X> to oppose House Bill 573 and Senate Bill 331. These bills will eliminate home rule, they are unenforceable, and they protect the puppy mill industry. Pet stores are thriving in Ohio and across the country without the sale of puppies. There is no need for this additional legislation and expense.

Sometimes they may ask additional questions.  That’s great!  If you don’t know the answer, don’t make it up.  Let them know that you’ll find out the answer and you can follow up with them once you know it!

Be polite, smile (yes, a smile comes through on the phone), and know that you’re doing something good for animals.

Not sure who your Representative is?  Click here – they’re easy to find!

Contact member of the House Finance Committee to urge them to stop these bills.  Click here for their names and numbers.

Looking for other ways to act?  Click here!