Guide to Virtual Testimony
Make sure you sign up before 4pm the day BEFORE the bills are being heard!
Fill out the form.
Make sure for question 3, you DO NOT enter the Women’s Caucus as your organization. While you can state you are a member during your testimony if you desire, the committee will only allow one representative to speak officially on behalf of the caucus, and we don’t want anyone’s voices to be shut down due to a form entry error!
On question 4, list the bills numbers you are speaking for or against. You can list multiple bills.
On the night of the hearing, keep your phone on. You will receive a call from the committee when it’s time for you to testify.
Don’t be too worried if you don’t get a call early in the evening--often, hearings can go late. If you’re worried you won’t be able to answer, you can also submit written testimony in addition to speaking by emailin HouseJudiciary@rilegislature.gov. Indicate your name, bill number, and viewpoint (for/against/neither) at the top of the message. It is recommended you submit as a pdf.
You can watch the hearing as you wait on Capitol TV here: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/CapTV/Pages/default.aspx
Note that if you are watching the hearing, there will be slight time delay from when you get the call to testify vs what you hear on screen, so make sure to mute your TV or laptop speakers when you testify so there’s no feedback.
When you get the call, make sure to state your name and that you are a RI resident. State the bills names you are speaking on, whether you OPPOSE or SUPPORT, and give your testimony. Note that often the committee will ask you to be brief and speak for 2 minutes or less.
At the end, thank the committee for their time and encourage them to vote for or against the bill, as you stated.
Stay on the phone for a moment, as the committee may ask questions.
Then, hang up and go to bed (or watch the rest of the hearing)!