What is Lobby Day? California Restaurant Association (CRA) Lobby Day is an event sponsored by the CRA where restaurateurs gather to learn and practice lobbying for industry legislation at the state level. It's a full-day event including a lobbying workshop and an overview of relevant bills in the state Legislature. Appointments are made with your representatives so you can visit with the legislators or their staff face to face to ask for industry-friendly votes.
Will I be talking to lawmakers face to face? Yes, every attempt will be made to schedule a meeting with the legislators that represent you at the Capitol. In the event that your legislator cannot meet with you personally, you will get a chance to talk with one of his or her key staffers. Your meeting will generally only last a few minutes and you'll be given specific talking points and training on what to cover during the meeting.
Will I be escorted or alone? Attendees are grouped according to their districts and are escorted by CRA staff. The CRA will provide helpful information regarding your specific meeting groups, times and locations.
What legislation will we be discussing? Many, many restaurant bills are filed each year during the legislative session. We choose our priority bills for Lobby Day based on several factors, including their impact and chance of passage. There may be other issues or topics that are important to you, but focusing on the selected bills we’ve chosen will make biggest difference in your visit to the Capitol.
What should I wear? Dress professionally to meet with legislators. A business suit or slacks/skirt and a jacket are appropriate for Lobby Day. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
I can only make it for part of the day. Is that OK? The event is designed to build throughout the day. The workshop in the morning prepares attendees for legislator meetings and legislator meetings are the true purpose of the day. It's important to plan to attend the entire event.
Is there anything I can do to prepare? It's helpful to know your legislators before going into a meeting with them. Most elected officials have a website. Do some investigating online to learn some background on your legislators.