Legislature posts remote testimony rules for 2021 Session

By JASON MERCIER  | 
Jan 4, 2021
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Back in 2013 we had a dream that the legislature would allow citizens to participate in the legislative debate from across the state with remote testimony. Due to 2020 events that shall not be named, that dream is now a reality across House and Senate committees for the 2021 Legislative Session. The Legislature has posted the rules for how remote testimony will work. 

A few important things to remember:

  • “Testimony registration will close 1 hour before the start time of the hearing. Anyone who does not register before this deadline will be unable to testify before the committee.”
     
  • “Ensure your registration information is accurate. It will be a part of the legislative record and used by TVW for online and television graphics.”
     
  • “You may participate via videoconference or phone.”
     
  • “Registering to testify does not guarantee you a chance to speak or speak at specific times. Time constraints, technical issues, changes to committee schedules, etc. could affect your ability to testify.”
     
  • “The committee Chair may limit public testimony to as little as one minute per testifier because of time constraints. Be prepared to testify at any point during the hearing.”
     
  • Providing written testimony is also available but: “Written testimony will close 24 hours after the start time of the hearing.”

Be sure to bookmark these pages to participate:

With historic debates to come on emergency powers, COVID-19 relief, taxes and more in store for this session the timing is perfect for this important citizen legislative access reform. It is now up to you to take advantage of this opportunity to participate and help shape the laws that will govern us. Let your voice be heard!