PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PUBLIC COMMENT
Committee hearings are open to the public and are a terrific opportunity for the public to offer comment, insight, expertise and experience on proposed legislation. Your comments are needed and wanted. You can attend the hearing at the State House in person to present comments or email them to the respective committees.
TIPS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND TESTIMONY
Every bill is assigned to a Committee. Your advocacy on bills can take the form of written comment or testimony. You can direct and e-mail your comment to the Chairs of the particular Committee. You can also email your statement to Rep. Domb’s office and we will deliver it to the correct Committee Chair.
These tips may be helpful in writing your comment:
- Provide your name, residential address, town;
- Identify the bill you’re writing about (by number and description);
- State your position (support/oppose) on the bill;
- Describe your reason for your interest in the bill (for example: the need you experience or have identified and why you care about this issue);
- Describe the impact of the proposed legislation on you or those in your community (for example: how the bill would remedy or address the need);
- State the action you’d like on the bill (for example: “I urge you to advance the bill and report it out favorably.”); and
- Thank the Chairs for their consideration.
You can track the progress of the bill here.
You can find out about upcoming Committee Public Hearings here.
- Go to “Hearings and Events” for a current schedule.
It brings you to a calendar of hearings by month.
- Find the hearing you’re interested in, and click on the title.
- The event details and the agenda will appear.
- The details (left corner) will show you the date, time and location.
- The agenda will show you every piece of legislation that is being considered in a given hearing.
- Click on the bill number, and you’re brought to the bill’s page where you can view and download the text of the bill.