Tips for testifying at a committee hearing
• Testimony does not need to be long. It should be a maximum of 3 minutes, but can be much shorter than that.
• Before you start writing your testimony outline, figure out what key points you want to make (no more than 3).
• Start your testimony by saying who you are, the agency you represent (if testifying on behalf of the agency), and where you are from. Mention your entire service area.
• Say why you are there. Include the bill number, what the bill is about, and whether you are concerned about it or support it.
• Tell them why you are taking that position. This is where you talk about your key points. Include real-life stories from your work (protecting confidentiality), statistics from your service area, and how this legislation would impact survivors and/or the services you are able to provide.
• State what you want them to do (Please support or oppose SB 0000)
• Thank them for their time.
• Be prepared to answer any questions they may have.