Status & Hearings:
• Public hearing held in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections on Jan 10th. You can view the public hearing HERE.
• Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections on Jan 13th at 8:00 AM. Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. Referred to Senate Ways & Means committee. Minority; do not pass. Minority; without recommendation.
• Passed out of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Jan 23rd.
• Placed on second reading by Rules Committee. Headed to the floor for a possible vote.
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Legislator & Staff Information
Committee & Bill Information
Submitting Written Testimony
How to Register to Testify Remotely
Additional Information About Testifying
Check The Schedule
Check the legislative website to know when a bill is scheduled to be heard. Be advised, schedules can change quickly, especially in the final days of a legislative session. You can also contact the legislative staff of the bill's prime sponsor to get an idea of when the bill might be heard in committee for public comment.
Know the Process and Players
Before testifying, know who is sponsoring the bill, who supports or opposes the bill and why. Be familiar with the committee chairs, committee members, and legislative staff. You may also let the sponsor of the bill or key legislators know beforehand you are testifying on the bill, especially if you are representing a group or organization. They may have specific points they want you to focus on.
Know the Purpose of Your Testimony
Understand why you are testifying. Are you there to persuade, dissuade, provide expertise, or delay action on a bill? Know how to separate out the important points of your testimony to ensure they are heard. Personal stories are a good way to illustrate your testimony and can make the biggest impact on committee members.
Essential Components of Your Testimony
Build Strategic Coalitions with "Likely Voters"
Do Your Research
Schedule Your Meeting
Be Polite, Professional and On Time
Introduce Yourself as a Constituent Who Votes
Making Your Ask & Providing Materials
Other Important Tips and Follow Up