The person who represents you in the state government is your State representative or senator.
- Try to get to know your representative or senator on a personal basis before you have a problem or concern. If they know the person behind the problem, you may get better attention.
- Also, a group of people vocalizing the same concern is better than just one. Maybe a grassroots organization in your community already exists which has ideas similar to you about changing the state's laws; maybe your union (if you're in one) is interested in this issue already. The state chapter of a national organization like the National Heart Association, the Sierra Club, or the NAACP might be a place to go to find other people in Connecticut who are interested in your ideas.
- People who try to influence lawmaking are called lobbyists. Any member of the public can be a lobbyist. Many nonprofit public interest organizations, as well as businesses, hire people to be lobbyists as well.