Michigan Occupational Therapy Association


MiOTA - Lansing Lobby Day

Join MiOTA for Lansing Lobby Day on Thursday, February 13th, 2020


If you missed the informational webinar offered by Jeannette Kunz on February 5th, re: Lansing Lobby Day, you can listen to the audio recording of the presentation by clicking here.
Before you attend:
  1. All attendees must register online to participate in Lansing Lobby Day. Students, please use the home address where you are registered to vote; out-of-state students, please use your current Michigan address.

Lobby Day 2020 Schedule:
8:00 a.m.Networking
8:30 a.m.Registration Opens
9:00 a.m.Welcome & Lobby Day Training
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Scheduled House & Senate Meetings
12:45 p.m.Group Picture on Capitol Steps!
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Debrief at the Radisson
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.Scheduled House & Senate Meetings

Please review the following handouts in preparation for Lansing Lobby Day:
2020 Lansing Lobby Day Handout
2020 Lansing Lobby Day Script

Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 North Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI  48993
PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED.  Expect a high level of security at all buildings and keep your personal ID / driver’s license with you at all time.  You may encounter various security checkpoints throughout the event.     
There is a parking ramp attached to the Radisson Hotel.  Please see this map for parking and meeting locations.  There are other parking garages within walking distance. There are also metered spots on the streets.  Be sure to bring change/cash/card for these spots as cost and method of payment vary. 
Meter spots: $0.25 per 10 minutes; 2 hours max at a time (some are coin, some are credit)
Parking lots: cost varies per lot; generally $1.50 per 30 minutes with max $12.50-$15.00 per day
Least expensive option: $1.25 per hour at Michigan Library & Historical Center  *Credit/debit card only/no cash*    
Located 2 blocks south, west of Capitol (lot entrance off of Kalamazoo Street just 3 blocks north of 496 
For additional parking information, please check with these maps (they will help supplement any satellite navigation system you have on electronic devices):

Interactive parking map:
Complete Capitol Map:

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people will attend?

In 2019, over 175 clinicians and students participated in Lobby Day, a record turn-out for MiOTA!
What if I register but can’t attend?
Please call the MiOTA office at (517) 267-3918 or email jcoddington@mhsa.com as soon as possible.  Because our legislators have tight schedules, we schedule meetings well in advance with their staff.  We must let them know if you cancel your visitation to maintain good relationships and standing with our legislators.

What happens during the legislator meetings?
You will be provided with key talking points.  Be prepared to deliver your elevator speeches of what OT is to the legislators.  Take your legislator’s business card to remember his/her contact information.
What is the plan for lunch?
Lunch is on your own and there are many eateries in downtown Lansing, only a block or two from our meeting location.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided in the morning.
How should I dress?
Business attire is highly recommended.  If you can wear MIOTA colors (greens/blues), that will demonstrate greater solidarity within our organization.
Lobby Day Follow-Up:
Send your legislator a follow-up email to review the topics discussed during Lobby Day 2020 including what Occupational Therapy is, who benefits from OT.  This is a great way to further your connection with your legislator, promote OT, and support our advocacy efforts.  

Phone(517) 267-3918
Fax(517) 484-4442
124 West Allegan
Suite 1900
Lansing, MI 48933
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