Details About Giving A Testimonial At The Public Hearing For Our Bill

LD 750 An Act To Provide $500,000 of Matching Funds over 4 Years through Appropriations and Allocations To Preserve Rural Heritage and Living History Pertaining to Science and Technology in Penobscot and York Counties

Monday, March 20 at 9:30 am (3rd of 5 bills)

Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
Room 202 Cross State Office Building

If you plan to speak at a public hearing, it is often useful to prepare and distribute your comments in written form. In preparing testimony, written or not, make sure you introduce yourself and, if you represent an organization, give the name of the organization. State whether you support the bill, oppose it or are offering suggestions to improve it, and then explain your reasoning. If you do provide written testimony, bring at least 20 copies and give them to the committee clerk before you testify.

Speaking order: At the beginning of each hearing, the presiding committee chair will call the public hearing to order and announce the bill to be heard. The legislator who sponsored the bill will introduce the bill, after which the presiding chair will ask if any other cosponsors wish to testify. Once sponsors and cosponsors have had the opportunity to speak, public testimony is invited. Generally, the public may present testimony in one of three categories in the following order: those favoring the bill, those against the bill, and those neither for nor against the bill but who wish to offer information about the bill.

NOTE: The committee may be hearing several bills during a public hearing. Generally the bills are heard in the order in which they are advertised. However, the schedule is subject to change and the length of the hearing on most bills is difficult to predict.

Your turn at the podium: When it is your turn to testify, advance to the podium and sign in. Address the committee as follows: “Senator Smith, Representative Jones and members of the committee.” Introduce yourself, indicate who you represent and whether you support the bill, oppose it or are offering suggestions to improve it, and then explain your reasoning. If other speakers have already made your point, let the committee know that you agree with the previous remarks of other speakers, but try to avoid repeating the testimony of previous speakers. When you finish, remain at the podium for a moment to allow committee members to ask you questions.

Comings and Goings: Many hearings last throughout the day, and many legislators are members of more than one committee. Legislators may need to leave and re-enter the room if they are scheduled to be at a public hearing or work session in another committee. However, they will receive any written information, which is a good reason to provide written testimony.

Decorum in Committee Proceedings: Please direct your comments to the committee, not to the audience, and give your courteous attention to other speakers, regardless of their views. Do not applaud or indicate pleasure or displeasure with anyone’s remarks. Only members of the committee may ask questions of persons who testify.

Work sessions: After the public hearing, a work session is scheduled in order for committee members to discuss the bill and decide whether to recommend its passage. The public may speak at a work session only if a committee member requests further public input and the presiding chair grants permission. Work sessions on a bill are generally held on a day other than the day of the public hearing. If you would like to find out when a work session will be held, ask the committee clerk.

Committee Members:
Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock), Chair
Sen. Joyce Maker (R-Washington)
Sen. Rebecca Millett (D-Cumberland)
Rep. Victoria Kornfield (D-Bangor), Chair
Rep. Matthea Daughtry (D-Brunswick)
Rep. Richard Farnsworth (D-Portland)
Rep. Teresa Pierce (D-Falmouth)
Rep. Roger Fuller (D-Lewiston)
Rep. David McCrea (D-Fort Fairfield)
Rep. Phyllis Ginzler (R-Bridgton)
Rep. Beth Turner (R-Burlington)
Rep. Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred)
Rep. Harold Stewart (R-Presque Isle)