Your affiliate's website should contain current information about legislative or regulatory news; however, even if your affiliate is not working on a specific issue, your website should have information about advocacy activities and issues that is timely and informative.

Consider that site visitors may be new to the state or may have recently graduated and may need information about licensure, regulations or professional issues, as well as tips about who to call to address particular issues. Make it easy for advocates to find out who their state senators and representatives are.

Many affiliate websites also list job opportunities, discussion boards and information about continuing education resources. The most important thing to remember is that the information needs to be constantly reviewed to make sure it is still correct, that links to other websites work and that information is up to date.

All affiliate websites should have pages dedicated to advocacy and should include:

  • Specific legislative or regulatory activity in your state as well as how to take action.
  • Template language for phone calls or emails to lawmakers. You may wish to include sample letters for reference.
  • Specific information about your state's licensing board, radiation control agency, statutes and regulations, state senate and House of Representatives or General Assembly.
  • Contact information.
  • When the committee meets.
  • How to join the committee and receive advocacy training
  • Establish a calendar of presentations such as a review of state licensure statutes and regulations, review of state licensing board process and procedures, and how to get involved in upcoming meetings of licensure boards or advisory committees.

Other ideas to include:

  • Create a blog about advocacy activity.  Encourage people to speak out!
  • Create a licensure survey and link to it on your website.
  • Post notes from the ASRT Committee on R.T. Advocacy, ASRT Communities or your state legislative committee meetings.
  • Links to the ASRT Advocacy Action Center.
  • Use widgets provided by the ASRT

Always audit your website to make sure advocacy information is timely and current. The affiliate legislative committee is a great resource to monitor the affiliate advocacy web pages.