Thursday, December 3, 2009

public hearings ~ how they work

• Be punctual; Be present at the beginning of the hearing.
• Sign in on the sign-up sheet near the entrance of the hearing room and write your name,
address, and whether you favor or oppose the bill.
• Take any written materials you’ve prepared to the committee staff for distribution.
• If other persons will be offering similar testimony at the hearing, try to coordinate your
testimony and avoid duplication.

Your Verbal and/or Written Testimony
Be brief, direct and personal. Focus on telling the committee about the organization and/or
the community you represent and how lodging taxes support your work.

Verbal Testimony: You may have notes when speaking. Begin by introducing yourself to the
chair and committee members and stating your purpose. For example, "Mr. or Madam Chair
and members of the committee, I am Jenny Smith from Shoreline. I am here on behalf of the
Shoreline Historical Museum. I support this bill because . . ."
Be prepared for questions and comments from committee members, but don't answer you
are not sure of the answer.

Written Testimony: Written testimony should not be read. Committee staff will distribute
copies of written testimony to the committee if you bring a sufficient number -- one for each

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