UPDATE: 2009 Child & Family Lobby Day

Central Meeting Place – Legislative Auditorium (3rd floor of the Legislative Building)
The home base for lobby day will be in the legislative auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Legislative Building. When you arrive, be sure to stop by, sign in, and pick up materials. There will be staff and volunteers there all day to answer questions and provide assistance.

Parking:
The Methodist Home for Children has graciously offered their parking lot. They will have vans taking people to the legislature starting around 10:15 am and will provide rides back later in the afternoon. NOTE – Space is limited at the Methodist Home to about 50 parking spots – if the lot is full, please find parking near the legislative building. (Additional parking instructions.)

Directions to the Methodist Home:
From I-40 East:
Exit 289 – Wade Ave. (5.8 miles)
Right on Wirewood Dr. (387 ft)
Left at Washington – Methodist Home will be on the left – 1041 Washington St.

From I-40 West:
Take exit 299 (Hammond and Person St.)
Turn Right – Hammond becomes Person St.
Go through Downtown and turn left on Peace St.
Turn Right on Glenwood Ave. (.3 mi)
Turn left on Washington St. (.1 mi)
Turn right to stay on Washington St. (.1 mi)
Methodist Home will be on the right – 1041 Washington St.

Setting up Lobby Meetings:
Please try to set up meetings with your legislative delegation in advance (note – this is not a requirement, but it will help you to get the most out of your time at the General Assembly). Setting up these meetings is easy to do – here are the steps:

  1. ITry to set up meetings with everyone that represents your county. To find out who these people are and how to contact them, follow this link: http://www.ncleg.net/GIS/RandR07/Representation.html#byCounty.
  2. Call their office. Here’s a sample script: “Hi, my name is XXXX and work with the XXX. I’m going to be in Raleigh next Wednesday to talk about child and family issues in the budget, and would like to schedule a time to meet with Rep./Sen. XXXX.” Very simple.
  3. 15 minutes should be enough time for all of these meetings

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One response to “UPDATE: 2009 Child & Family Lobby Day

  1. Sue House, Public Health Nurse

    I would like to say that if a tax increase will help solve the miserable situation for our NC state budget, by all means do so. Saving jobs and taking care of children, the future of the world is top on my priority list. Let us not punish those who have been a positive impact on our economy.

    Child care is necessary for parents that are working and in school continuing their education. As one of the Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC)s in North Carolina, I serve in the rural area of Martin County. I have seen the improvements that have evolved in the child care environments over the past eight years. Children are safer and providers are more prepared to keep the children safer and healthier. Please reconsider how much the Smart Start funds are cut and lower the proposed amount at least by half of the $18,000,000. I will continue to be frugal but feel that the job I am doing has a positive impact on the children and staff in child care here in Martin County. Thank you for your consideration. Sue House, PHN II, Martin County.

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