The California Legislature may seem daunting, but armed with a simple understanding of the legislative process, you can become an effective lobbyist almost overnight. The resources on this page provide the basic information you need to succeed in personal visits and letter writing.
Each year, the CFT sponsors several bills. Ideas for legislation may come from a number of sources, but typically members communicate their ideas through CFT governance meetings and resolutions at Convention and State Council. Once the CFT adopts a sponsored bill program, staff lobbyists work to secure legislators who will author the bills, and see the bills through the legislative process and onto the governor’s desk.
But legislators need to hear from you too! It’s important for legislators to hear about your first-hand experiences at work. Your testimony may be key to a bill’s success. We also encourage you to meet with legislators in their district offices, and during union-sponsored Lobby Days at the State Capitol.
How to Lobby Successfully In Person
Use these helpful resources prepared by the CFT Legislative Department.
More tips for in-district and local visits with legislators
Letter Writing Tips
Quick Guide Rosters
Get the information — fast — from these quick guides prepared by the California Legislature. The rosters provide key info for state legislators – office phone numbers and addresses (both Capitol and in-district) and contact links.
Assembly Roster Get to know California’s 80 assemblymembers.
Senate Roster Get to know California’s 40 senators.
Legislative Calendar and Deadlines prepared by the California Assembly.
Citizen’s Guide to the Legislative Process
The Legislative Process, A Citizen’s Guide to Participation is prepared by the California Senate. Learn how legislative bills get named, how to decode bill prefixes, how the committees of the Legislature work, and so much more.
Legislative Terminology – The Definitive Guide
Glossary of Legislative Terminology is an online resource from the California Legislature.