Try to avoid:
- Abbreviations: The audience may not understand the proposal when abbreviations are used. For example, health and human service professionals likely know that MFIP refers to the Minnesota Family Investment Program, but legislators may not.
- Negative messages: A legislative proposal that is seen by the reader as punitive or overly negative will likely be rejected.
- Being vague: Focus your proposal on achieving a solution. The reader will likely review the proposal with the attitude of “what would you like me to do?” You do not want your reader to be confused or make unwarranted assumptions about your proposal.
Following these steps will assist you in developing a legislative proposal which transmits a clear message to the reader.