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Frequently Asked Questions About League Day at the Capitol

 

What is League Day at the Capitol?

Your annual opportunity to help LWVJoCo be a presence in the state legislature and build your advocacy skills. Spend your day with other League members to see our government at work!

 

Why should I go?

It’s fun to see our government in action! And… “According to congressional staffers, in-person visits from constituents are the most influential way to communicate with a senator or representative who is undecided on an issue.” 2011 Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) report Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill

 

When does it occur?

This year, it is on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Are there any costs to attend?

There is no cost to attend League Day at the Capitol. You may incur costs if you drive to Topeka (gas, tolls, parking, etc.). Lunch is provided.

 

Is this the only time I can go to the capital?

No, you can go anytime. But on this special occasion, there will be information sessions available and activities planned that will enhance your visit. Find information on visiting the Kansas statehouse.

 

Do I drive myself or is transportation provided?

Carpool info will be provided after you sign up, or you can drive by yourself.

 

If I drive, where do I park?

Info from the Visit Topeka website regarding visiting the statehouse: Free parking spots are located in the garage beneath the building. Enter the garage from 8th Avenue, near Harrison Street. Metered parking is available on nearby streets—Harrison Street, 10th Avenue or Jackson Street. If you park on those streets, just walk to the north entrance facing 8th Avenue. Note that parking spaces may be limited when the Kansas Legislature is in session—January through early May. There are also two multi-tiered lots about one half block from the Capitol on 8th Street just past Kansas Avenue.

 

Is there an agenda for the day? Where can I get one?

Yes, there will be a specific agenda for the day’s activities. One will be emailed to you after you sign up. It will also include contact info for League at the Capitol Day coordinators who can answer questions for you.

 

How can I find out who my senator and representative are?

Go to this website and type in your address.

 

Can I meet with my senator and representative?

Yes, it is recommended that you make an appointment with them—but you need to call in advance. You might also be able to catch them in the hallway after a committee meeting. OR, if you miss them, you can leave advocacy information with their staff person in their office. The League will be providing specific advocacy information for you to address that are League priorities.

 

Do I need to bring lunch?

Lunch will be provided at this event.

 

What time is it over?

Wrap-up time is 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. But if you drive yourself you can leave earlier.

 

Who can I contact with questions?

After you sign up, you will receive a list of coordinators who will help.

 

Is there a list of other League members who are attending?

This will be emailed to you after sign up.

 

How do I sign up to go?

Sign up online or at the LWVJoCo meeting on Feb. 2.