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Letter/Email Templates

Our ILF Action Center allows you to customize your email to your policymakers--whether at the local, state or federal level. With specific action alerts, we provide a template message, talking points and background information about pending legislation.  Any text in brackets is either a note and should be removed before sending, or a section that should be edited by you, the writer. Each letter references bill numbers if they exist. 

Find Your Legislators

  • To find and contact your Indiana Senator or Representative through our ILF Action Center:
  • Visit the ILF Action Center. (If a Take Action is not at top, scroll to bottom of page.)
  • Enter in your home address in the "Find Your Legislators" box at the bottom of the page.
  • Click on your Indiana State Senator or Representative, which will bring you to their information page.
  • On your Senator or Representative information page, look for contact information.

Other Writing Tips 

  • When you write, it’s best to advocate for a specific issue or bill, and particularly if that issue or bill is under consideration in one of the committees where your legislator is a member.
  • ILF proactively worked with legislators to advance SB410 in 2020, and provides regular updates for its successful passage. 
  • Review the ILF Policy Priorities, where we post specific issue briefs related to the elements of SB410 (technical corrections on HEA1343, serving foster children, and criminal history checks) and Advocacy Updates on specific issues of interest. Subscribe to Updates here.
  • Make your communication as personal as possible (share how you use a library service, for example), which will be more effective than a form letter. 
  • Email is an effective method of communicating with your legislator, but make sure you check with his/her website to see if there is a specific form that needs to be filled out. Email sent to a legislator’s email may be filtered as spam, so it is best to check the website for details.
  • Postal mail is acceptable, but if you are pressed for time, it may not be the best method of communication for an action alert. 
  • A hand-written note sent through postal mail is ideal to show appreciation to a policymaker. 
  • Be respectful and polite.
  • Be concise, specific, and support your argument with facts that can be verified.
  • Stay on message and keep to your main points. 
  • Thank him/her for their time.
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