Advocacy: Educating Lawmakers About The Restaurant Industry
Become an NvRA Advocate
The Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA) remains in constant communication with lawmakers to ensure your voice is heard. We promote and protect the interests of our members but many elected officials want to hear from operators. That's where you come in! By adding your story to our legislative efforts, you can amplify the pro-restaurant message the NvRA will be advancing throughout the upcoming session in Carson City. Taking an active role in advocacy can be daunting, but our government affairs team will be there to help you, in whatever way you choose to make your voice heard.
Below are several methods you can use to advocate for issues that impact the restaurant industry:
Social Media Social media can be a quick and easy way to help boost the voice of the NvRA when addressing legislation. Many legislators actively use social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter) to engage with their constituents and solicit feedback on bills that are being proposed. The government affairs staff can provide you with sample messaging and the official accounts of the legislators. In addition to messaging, videos are incredibly effective in providing a look of the real impact of issues on restaurant operators and their employees. The NvRA can provide talking points and support to members interested in shooting a video that will be posted to social media.
Email and Phone Every legislator has an official email and phone number for contacting their office. While not every call or email may receive a direct response, the staff that assist the legislators absolutely count the numbers of emails and calls coming in on any particular bill. The government affairs team can help by providing you with sample letters and talking points to use when contacting your legislators. In addition, our association will send out phone2action alerts that will provide you with the ability to quickly add your name and restaurant to a list or a letter that will go directly to legislators.
In-Person & Virtual Testimony Going in person to Carson City or the Grant Sawyer State Building in Las Vegas to offer testimony is one of the most effective ways to advocate for or against legislation. If you choose to testify on a bill being heard in committee, the government affairs staff can help you track the schedule, sign up as a speaker and provide talking points for your testimony. While legislators expect to hear from lobbyists, testimony from the public is held in high regard and can be more impactful.
**However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 81st legislative session is currently remote so participants are limited to testify virtually. We have included a presentation that breaks down how to remotely testify.