While SB 738, introduced by Sen. Looney, and SB 457, introduced by Sens. Duff and Osten, have been circulating for several weeks, there is now a third bill in the mix. It is a Governor’s Bill, which was released yesterday, when Governor Lamont presented his budget proposal. The new bill is SB 874: An Act Concerning Education Initiatives and Services in Connecticut.
All three of these bills are on the agenda for the public hearing. If your testimony concerns the topic of forced regionalization generally, it’s a good idea to cite all three bill numbers.
Date, Time, Place
The hearing is scheduled:
Friday, March 1
Starting at 1:00 pm
Legislative Office Building, Room 2E
300 Capitol Avenue
Click here for directions to the Legislative Office Building (and parking garage).
Testifying in Person
You may sign up to speak at the hearing starting at 10:00 am in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The order is first-come, first-serve. The first hour of testimony is reserved for public officials, and after that, students will be given preference so that they can finish early. Everyone who signs up gets to speak, and the hearing will remain open until there are no more speakers.
You will have three minutes to speak before the Education Committee. If a Committee member asks you a question afterwards, you may take the time you need to answer.
If you are speaking at the hearing, you should also submit written testimony so that it will appear in the public record, in the file of each bill. Legislators often refer to written testimony when they are voting on the House or Senate floor – especially when they have not come across a bill earlier in the session.
Submitting your written testimony:
- Email it to the Committee by 3:30 pm on Thursday, February 28
- Put your testimony in either a Word document or a pdf
- Include the bill number(s), your name, and your town
- Attach the document to an email
- Put the bill number(s) in the Subject Line of the email
- Send it to EDtestimony@cga.ct.gov
You may of course submit written testimony regardless of whether you are speaking at the hearing.
Testimony from members of the public plays an important role in the development of legislation, and our committee members need to hear from you. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Themis Klarides, House Republican Leader