There are, however, some drawbacks to having a lobbyist. The first is effort. While fees vary depending on the service agreement, fees will generally be similar to those of law firms. Therefore, the chapter must negotiate royalties in advance. If you make a proposal request, this can ensure that your chapter receives a lobbyist or lobbying company in the budget and that the expectations of both parties are clear. In order to best analyze the provisions of the agreement, you must have the agreement verified by a separate lawyer before signing. Be sure to ask questions about the agreement and don`t sign anything until you fully agree to the terms of the agreement. Choosing a lobbyist for your chapter requires a considerable effort. While no list is complete, here are a few things you need to keep in mind. It is almost impossible to measure the benefit of a lobbyist`s attitude. Not only are most legislation not quantifiable, but lobbyists often work to defeat laws that are contrary to the interests of the chapter, just as they are working to pass legislation. There are other tasks that a good lobbyist can do that may have benefits in the future.
For example, a lobbyist who takes over the chapter on developing good relations with legislators may in the future bear fruit if those relationships evolve. In addition to the traditional role played by a lobbyist in the work on legislative research and code control, he can also support a chapter by working on regulatory issues and presenting the chapter as his link to government regulators. Money is certainly a determining factor in hiring a lobbyist, but a chapter should not overlook the total value that a lobbyist can offer. You hired a lobbyist for the chapter, and now? Be sure to familiarize lobbyists not only with the themes of your chapter, but also with the chapter as a whole. Encourage lobbyists to visit local hospitals and radiology centres, provide the lobbyist with background information about your chapter, and involve lobbyists in meetings with the government committee. In addition, lobbyists should participate regularly in chapter meetings to report on their activities. Also give your members the opportunity to get to know lobbyists by giving members time to ask questions from lobbyists. Of course, it is very important to agree with the lobbyist on the cost of the Oder contract. Most state legislators work part-time, which is why the chapter should consider structuring its contract with the lobbyist on the basis of the days or months a legislator is in meeting, instead of an annual contract. In addition, the chapter must report in writing on the tasks and responsibilities of the lobbyist.
Creating a plan will give the lobbyist not only direction, but also a clear expectation. The chapter should also include a performance assessment to measure whether the responsibilities and expectations of jobs are being met satisfactorily. Lobbyists should be required to submit detailed reports on the progress of various bills. It can be difficult for your chapter and its government relations committee to follow up quickly or accurately enough on legislative activity to influence the outcome of a topic.