In light of coronavirus, General Assembly facilitating written testimony on its bills
STATE HOUSE – In light of concerns about COVID-19, the General Assembly is reminding the public that anyone who would like to testify on legislation but wishes to avoid public gatherings that they may submit written testimony on any bill instead of attending committee hearing.
While both the House and the Senate are continuing business as usual, including sessions and committee meetings, those who wish may submit their testimony in writing and avoid the crowded capitol building.
Written testimony submitted on any bill is distributed to all members of the committee hearing the bill at the time of the hearing. It also becomes part of the public record of the bill, just as spoken testimony is.
A reminder that written testimony is welcome is now being included in every committee meeting posting, along with the address to which it should be sent.
In the House, testimony should be emailed to the clerk of the committee hearing the bill. The email address of the appropriate committee clerk is included on the committee posting when the bill is posted for a hearing.
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