Physicians play a critical role in advocating for sound legislation that will positively affect the delivery of health care and the practice of medicine in California. In addition to testifying in policy committees, participating in CMA’s annual Legislative Leadership Day in Sacramento, and monitoring the CMA Hot List of bills, physicians can become Key Contacts – our most effective grassroots tool. CMA is a major player at the State Capitol. The association’s staff lobbyists keep legislators aware of how proposed legislation could enhance or threaten patients’ health or physicians’ ability to practice medicine. From sponsoring legislation to testifying in committee and meeting one-on one with elected officials, lobbyists advocate on behalf of physicians throughout the legislative session.