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Legislator Office Visit 

When visiting a Legislator’s local district office it is important to bring with you material about CAI – specifically LAC, CAI National and the local CAI Chapter. This will become the legislator and staff’s future reference material when they need questions answered about Common Interest Developments and who to reach out to for more information. If this is your first time visiting a legislator, it is recommended that you ask an experienced member of your Legislative Action Committee to attend with you. 


Top 5 Items to Take: 

- Your Business Cards (one for each legislative staff member) 

- Any current Legislative issues. Email us about a week in advance of your visit at to obtain talking points. If there are no pressing legislative issues, you can still talk to your legislator about CAI and the LAC so we can be a future resource. 

- Copy of the Alternate dispute resolution procedures in Civil Code (Many legislators pass legislation because their constituents say there is “no other recourse.”) 

- Public Opinions Strategy Poll "Validation" – Let your legislator know community association residents are largely happy with their homeowners association. 


Consider also taking a few of the below items depending on your topic of discussion.

- Information on Mediation Services available through the Chapter (if applicable) 

- The CAI Press Catalog of available publications 

- FCAR Statistical Review

- CLAC significant bill summary 

- CAI “Finding the Right Professional” brochure 

- CAI “Neighbors” or “The Homeowner & the Community Association” brochure 

- CAI’s “Your Community Deserves the Best Professionals” brochure 

- Common Ground Magazine – current issue 

- Camera – take a group photo. 

If you are not able to collect some of this material before your appointment, do not fret. It’s a great reason to go back for another visit. Be sure to follow your meeting with a “Thank You” note on your letterhead. You may also consider attending local receptions and fundraisers for your legislator, to build an ongoing relationship and become a resource they can utilize in the future. 

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