Posted on October 5, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – A local lobbyist organization hosted a day-long workshop at the Lyceum to help provide pointers on how the general public can be involved in the legislative process. State Representative Jay Case (R-Winsted) was invited to provide insight on how to engage in the state legislature’s public hearings.
“Having more opinions about a potential law helps a committee’s membership come to a decision on whether or not a concept moves forward in the legislative process. Often, those who come to testify during a public hearing are seen as a valuable resource and any educational facts that can be provided that help stress points being made are always welcome,” stated Rep. Case. “If you can’t be present at a public hearing, then there is always the option to submit written testimony.”
Each year, ideas for legislation are proposed to the General Assembly. From that point, the ideas are referred to different committees of cognizance for consideration. The public then has the opportunity to weigh-in and tell the committee whether or not they agree with the bill.
Case stressed that communications from the public are always considered by committee members during the public hearing process and ultimately help legislators form an opinion on certain points of public policy.
Typically, hearings take place at the Legislative Office Building between the months of February and March.