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How to Participate in Virtual Public Hearings

Posted on February 5, 2021 by admin


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Capitol complex is closed to the public for this legislative session. I encourage everyone who is interested in giving public testimony on any legislation to do so. All public testimony will be given virtually and everyone may participate.

Every voice counts, and yours deserves to be heard as we discuss, debate, and ultimately vote on legislation that may pass into law.

Here are the steps to testify at a public hearing:

  • Review the bulletin daily and check to see which committees are having public hearings. You may access the bulletin by logging into the Connecticut General Assembly website.

  • The Bulletin (scroll to the bottom of the list for the schedule for that day) or the Calendar of Events will have information on all the public hearings being held.

  • Use the “On-line Testimony Registration Form” link in the notice to register to testify. You can also call the number listed if you do not have access to the internet. *Make sure you have noted the bill or resolution number(s) you plan to testify on because you will need that to complete the form.

  • If you’re registering online, you’ll be taken to the webinar registration page for the hearing at which you would like to testify. Make sure to review the details of the hearing closely to confirm that you are registering for the correct hearing.

  • You will need to scroll down to find the registration form. The form requests the same information that committee staff would ask you if you were signing up to testify in-person.

  • Once you submit the form, you’ll receive a pending approval notice to the email address you included in the form. Make sure to keep the information in this notice handy.

  • Within 24 hours, after you have registered to testify, you will receive an email confirming that you have signed up for the hearing. If you need to cancel, there is the “cancel” link in the bottom left corner. *Please note that there is a deadline to register to testify. You can find the exact time and date that registration closes for a particular hearing listed in the bulletin.

  • On the morning of the hearing, a speaker list will be generated and posted on the committee page. Go to “Public Hearings” and click “testimony” and select the hearing date. In the right corner, there will be a document labeled “Speaker Order.” Click to open and find your placement.

  • Make sure to log onto Zoom before the hearing starts and turn off camera/microphone until it is your turn. You will have to wait to speak as if you are sitting in a hearing room.

  • You can monitor every public hearing this session in real-time on each committee’s official YouTube channel (accessible at cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/broadcastmedia.asp under the “CGA Live Streaming Feeds” heading). Some public hearings are also broadcast live on CT-N.

If you have any questions about the virtual public hearing process, please contact me via email and I will be happy to assist.

Email: Terrie.Wood@cga.ct.gov