Monday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m.:
Mark Your Calendar and Mobilize at the State Capitol
The Connecticut State Legislature’s Government Administrations and Elections Committee (GAE) will hold its public hearing on our two bills, SB 408 and HB 5421, on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2A of the Legislative Office Building (LOB).
Submit Written Testimony. Anyone wishing to submit written testimony to the GAE Committee may do so online by emailing it at any point prior to the hearing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written testimony should be double-spaced and can be detailed and all-inclusive of additional information if useful to prove your point. There is no “word limit” on written testimony but be mindful to make your points clearly and concisely.
Testify In Person. If you wish to testify in person, this is done by simply signing up. You can sign up in the Committee Hearing room starting at 830AM until 1030AM. You will need to bring 30 copies of your testimony with you and submit it when you sign up if you wish to distribute the testimony to committee members prior to your testimony. The hearing is first-come first-served for the public. Legislators and public officials are allowed to testify first, and the first hour of the hearing is usually reserved for them (they sometimes take longer). But if there are not enough of these representatives or officials, the “public” portion of the hearing can start before the first hour is over.
When testifying, remarks must be limited to three minutes – a common best practice is to abridge your written testimony down to three-minute form, or roughly between 400-500 words. This is a tight time-frame, so it is important to remember the basics – introduce yourself and the bill(s) you are testifying for at the outset, thank the committee chairs and members, and then summarize your position. It is important to remember the objective of a public hearing is not to sway votes but to place critical information on the record. The wait could take several hours, so make sure you remain nearby (the LOB cafeteria is a good place to get some work done while you wait).
After delivering your testimony you may get questions from committee members. Remember to be respectful and professional, to thank them for the opportunity and to remain ON MESSAGE when delivering responses. Lastly, and very importantly, if you do not know the answer to a question you are asked, it is acceptable to offer to get back to them with the information they seek– do NOT wing it! It is possible that you would get questions from Committee Members who have a different opinion than you do – respectful disagreement is appropriate and encouraged. However, it’s important that you remain polite and respectful.
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