Capitol Seminars' “Lobbying 101 / Legislative Process” seminar set for February 1 in Sacramento

Seminar presenter and veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov says demand for effective advocates will only grow as turnover becomes the norm in CA Legislature; his introductory seminar covers the basics of advocacy for government and public affairs professionals
Jan. 8, 2013 - PRLog -- Sacramento, California -- Capitol Seminars will next present its popular seminar “Lobbying 101 / Understanding the Legislative Process” on Friday, February 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Suite 2220, the Esquire Plaza, 1215 K Street in Sacramento, California.

“A new era in California politics has begun with the seating of the 2013 Legislature,” says Capitol Seminars founder and presenter Ray LeBov. “Thanks to redistricting, top two primaries and reformed terms limits, we’re starting off with a record turnover of 47 seats. As the turnover trend continues from one election to the next, the demand for experienced, effective legislative advocates will only grow.”

“Lobbying 101” provides an introduction to the California legislative process and best practices for effective advocacy, embellished by LeBov’s real-world insights from 38 years of working in and around the California Legislature.

“One of the core principles we teach government and public affairs professionals is that success in legislative advocacy comes not only from serving your clients’ interests, but from building relationships with legislators and their staffs and becoming a trusted and valuable resource for them,” says LeBov.

Capitol Seminars offers professional development opportunities not only to new and experienced lobbyists and their support staffs, but companies that engage lobbyists; law firms; trade and professional associations; nonprofit and public interest organizations; city, county and public agency officials -- in short, anyone currently active in, or considering a career in, government or public affairs.

“We recognize that there are many veteran lobbyists who have either taken our courses or otherwise fully understand the basics,” says LeBov. “But they can help friends and colleagues by referring them to us, and by sending their junior staff. Some of our clients send all their new staffers to our seminars as part of their initial training.”

Lobbying 101 topics include registration & disclosure requirements, ethics, legislative rules and exceptions, working with legislative committees, review of key legislative publications, glossaries of key terms, how to read a bill, do’s and don'ts of testimony, ywjwyf rules for effective advocacy, attributes of a successful lobbyist, how to choose the right author for a sponsored bill, the lobbyist / client relationship, respective roles in the Capitol and the district, and much more.

Seminar attendees not only receive instruction, but participate in interactive exercises and are provided with comprehensive resource materials.

Since its founding, Capitol Seminars has hosted more than 1500 enrollees in its Lobbying 101 (introductory) and 201 (advanced) courses. Lobbying 101 is presented throughout the year, while Lobbying 201, conducted by subject matter experts in budget advocacy, lobbying the administration, media relations strategies and regulatory agency advocacy, is presented at least four times a year. Cost of the seminars is $250 each. For more information or to enroll, visit or telephone 916-442-5009.

About Ray LeBov

Capitol Seminars founder and presenter Ray LeBov is a veteran of 38 years working in and around the California Legislature, including 17 years as counsel to various Senate and Assembly Committees. He also served for 13 years as the Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs of the California Judicial Council. In that capacity Mr. LeBov was the chief lobbyist for the state court system. After leaving state service, Mr. LeBov founded Ray LeBov and Associates, a leading California contract lobbying and consulting organization and the parent company of Capitol Seminars.

About Ray LeBov and Associates

Ray LeBov and Associates is located in Sacramento and offers custom seminars in lobbying and the legislative process to companies, public agencies, government and nonprofit organizations that prefer to host and train their staff on-site; strategic consulting in lobbying the California legislature and regulatory agencies; custom-tailored coaching and training; recruitment consulting; and legislative advocacy.

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Michael O’Daniel

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Capitol Seminars explains the California legislative process and teaches how to lobby the California Legislature through its Lobbying 101 (introductory) and 201 (advanced) seminars.

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