TOTA Day at the Capitol  Feb. 19, 2019 - REGISTRATION CLOSED

The Texas Occupational Therapy Association is excited to announce the opportunity to attend Day at the Capitol in Austin! Members, this is your unique opportunity to walk the Capitol hallways, visit with your legislators, and experience what advocating for your profession is about. The more members of our Texas legislature and their staff we can educate about the profession of occupational therapy, the better. State legislative issues affect you—where you practice, what you are paid, whether you practice at all. It's your profession, your future, and this is just one way to get involved.
It is important that you complete the registration form with the address at which you are registered to vote, if it is different from the address on your membership profile. We encourage you to update your TOTA profiles and complete the registration form at least two weeks prior to this event. This allows us to better organize our group and schedule legislative visits.

Attire:
Professional dress/business attire with comfortable shoes

Location:
Before heading over to the Capitol building, we will assemble at:

Austin Community College (ACC)
3401 Webberville Rd - building 8000, room 8500
Austin, TX 78702

Schedule:  

8:00am            Check-in at Austin Community College

8:30am            Welcome and Introductions

8:40 am           Orientation

9:25 am          Departure to State Capitol

10:00am         Assembly in the House Gallery to receive the Resolution

11:00am         Legislative Visits - as scheduled (until 4:00pm); please bring a photo ID in order to pass through security.

Parking at Austin Community College:
Parking: Lot D would be the easiest, pick up and drop off in lot G if you are not going to be parked for an extended time. (see attached map)

Parking for the Capitol:
Texas Capitol Visitors Parking Garage - 1201 San Jacinto Blvd. info
823 Congress Garage - 910 Brazos Street info
Central Parking System Garage - 815 Brazos Street info
Capitol Center Parking Garage - 919 Congress Avenue info
One American Center Parking - 163 W. 7th Street info
Paramount Parking at Congress - 600 Congress Avenue info
Perry Brooks Garage - 720 Brazos Street info

Parking meters in the downtown area (IH-35 to Lamar Boulevard, and Lady Bird Lake to 10th Street) operate Monday through Wednesday, 8:00AM. to 6:00PM, Thursday and Friday, 8:00AM to 12 Midnight, and Saturday, 11:00AM to 12 Midnight.

Additional Parking: DAA Downtown Parking Map 

Plan:
Arrive at Austin Community College on time. There will be a brief orientation and organization of groups. We will leave from ACC and travel together to the Capitol. Once there we will take a photo on the South Stairs and begin legislative visits.

The legislators will be in session and this will be an important event.  In the meantime, make sure you are registered to vote and update your profiles and fill in the sections for Representative and Senator district. 

Be sure to look up your state legislators  Legislative Information

Information for Legislative Visits

Orientation: State Legislative Update 
Recap of state legislative update by Denise Rose as presented at 2018 TOTA Mountain Central Conference.
The following includes the powerpoint presentation with voiced recording of the presentation.

Orientation:  What Makes a Successful Legislative
Presented by John Luna

 

Useful Materials:

Name:                                                                                                                                                                                   
East View Campus Directory & Map   
Capitol Building Guide  
Capitol Building Guide (Website)  
86th Offices Map Locate your representative's office
Preview of the 86th Texas Legislature Website link New members to the legislature (with photo)
How to write a Thank You note Tips and advice on writing a proper post-visit thank you card