Calling decision makers is a quick and easy way to communicate your position on a bill or issue. There are several different sources that you can use to find the phone numbers for elected officials and agency leaders
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The OEC is always happy to provide you with contact information for decision makers. Contact us at (614) 487-7506 or OEC@theOEC.org.
Identify your issue area. A staff member, not the decision maker themselves, will most likely answer the phone. Before you begin to discuss your topic or issue, it is important to verify that you are speaking with the staff member who handles that issue or who can convey your message to the decision maker.
Be specific. Once the phone is answered, or when leaving a voicemail, state who you are and why you are calling. If you’re calling to support or oppose legislation or regulation, it’s very helpful (though not absolutely essential) to also state some reasons behind your position.
Remember, you don’t have to be an expert. You can express concern or support for an issue and not be an expert. It is okay to say that you don’t have all of the details. You can share your story and encourage the official to put people’s health and the environment above polluters.