Lobby Day January 23, 2018
By the ABATE of Wisconsin Legislative Committee
The ABATE of Wisconsin Legislative Committee
has been working to make your participation in our
January 23, 2018 Lobby Day as easy of possible.
We have trained additional people to be
available to assist our membership in the process
of grassroots lobbying (which is what it is called
when a private citizen contacts a legislative body
regarding a concern or issue.) When we say No
Experience Necessary, we mean it. We believe
that we have all the tools in place that will make
it possible for any one of our members (or
motorcycling non-members) to successfully
participate in Lobby Day.
If you are wondering how the day goes, here is a
short course of what we have in place to assist
Meeting Appointments: Many Regional Reps or
Regional Legislative Officers have already made an
appointment to meet with the legislators from your
area. Contact your Regional Rep or Bus Leader
(list follows here) to see if there is a meeting
you may join or look at our web-based schedule at
If you need to make your own appointment
call your legislators and tell them that you
are part of ABATE Lobby Day. They may have another
appointment already scheduled that you could sit
in on. If not, ask them to please make an
appointment for you. Your legislator's
office staff can handle this for you, you do not
need to speak directly to the legislator to make
an appointment. If you are not comfortable
speaking with your legislator, we will make every
effort to have someone attend with you. Please
make every effort to make your appointments during
a time that will allow you to be part of the large
group photo scheduled for 12:30pm.
If you legislator is not available for
appointments on January 23, accept an appointment
with their office staff. This is not a
problem. You can be assured that any information
that you give to the office staff will be relayed
to the legislator. It can be just as important to
get to know the legislator's staff as
meeting with the legislator personally.
>>>If you have made an
appointment with your legislator(s) please let us
know. Email the following information to Marlene
- Your Name
- Legislator(s) Name
- Appointment Time
- Appointment Location (room number)
When you get to Madison on January 23, 2018
If you drive in on your own: Free parking
and shuttle service is available from the C.C.
Riders' Clubhouse located at 1325 Parkside
Drive: turn off of East Washington at the corner
of E Washington and Lien Road (Wendy's in on
the corner) go one block to Parkside Dr, turn
right, and the Clubhouse is at the end of the
block.) We will be operating a shuttle from the
Clubhouse to the Inn on the Park every half hour
from 8am to 5pm. If you come in on one of our
buses you will be dropped off right at Inn on the
Park where the ABATE "Information
Center" is located.
When you get to Inn on the Park follow the
signs directing you to the location of the
ABATE Information Center. At this location
ABATE members will be set up to sign you in for
the day so you will be counted towards the total
- Give the lead person for each legislative
appointment a folder containing the information
for the legislator
- Help you determine your legislative
district if needed
- Answer any questions you may have and
provide you with a map of the capitol building if
you need one
- We will even have people available to
attend your meetings with you if you don't
have an experienced person to go with to make you
- Coffee, water and a light snack will be
available at the Information Center, however you
will be on your own for lunch. Inn on the Park has
a restaurant available and many others are very
close. Please plan lunch around the 12:30 group
photo so you don't miss that.
Meeting with your Legislator(s)
Feel free to "dress like a biker",
in fact we encourage the wearing of
leather/denim and ABATE of Wisconsin
Products ... but please, nothing offensive.
Duck-tape is handy for temporarily covering
Remember that courtesy is appreciated at all
times. You are trying to inform your
legislator about ABATE of Wisconsin's
issues, and he or she will appreciate your help.
We also need to remember that we are there for
motorcycle issues only. With the political
environment in Wisconsin recently it is very
likely that there may be other large groups at the
Capitol for the day either protesting or
supporting ideas outside of the motorcycle world.
We ask that our members who are there for our
Grassroots Biker Lobby Day stay focused with OUR
issues and respect the right of others to be in
town for issues of their own choosing.
You don't need to be "an
expert". The folder we will have
prepared for each legislator has fact sheets in it
that present ABATE of Wisconsin's current
motorcycle issues. (See Steve's column on
page 1 for what this year's issues are.) If
at any time you are asked a question that you
don't know the answer to, simply state the
fact that you do not know, but you can find out
and get back to them. When you return to the
Control Center someone there can help you with the
question. If you are attending a meeting with a
large group, there will be an experienced person
with the group that can answer almost any question
that comes up.
Bring along your camera and ask for a photo
with your legislator.
After you meet with your legislators please
return to the Information Center at Inn on the
Park at that time we ask that you
To stay informed as the event gets closer we
urge all of you to sign up for the
Wisconsin email alerts to
get updates and/or follow ABATE of Wisconsin Inc
on Facebook by searching for @abatewisconsin.
Together we can make this year's Lobby Day
a success for all of us. We hope to see many of
- Complete a short "Exit
Survey" to let us know if we need to
change/improve anything and what your legislator
may have said about our issues.
- When you turn in your survey you will
receive an "I Lobbied in Madison"
patch (first time attendees get one "free
patch" a second patch may be purchased for
$5 if you wish) as well as a 2018 rocker to go
with the Lobby Day Patch.
- Thank your legislator and their staff
for meeting with you. Everybody appreciates a
complimentary letter -- and remembers it. We
will have ABATE of Wisconsin postcards at the
Control Center along with sample text and
legislators' addresses for you to write a
brief thank you note before you leave.
- If extending an invitation or
requesting a meeting in the district (like
attending one of your local ABATE meeting or
events), suggest a time and date, or several
dates, for the visit. Be flexible and
FREE BUS ROUTES WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT MONTH!
Committee, the ABATE of Wisconsin Legislative. "Lobby Day January 23, 2018." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter Dec. 2017.