How to Give Testimony

We'll keep any suggestions we have for legislative committee testimony here.  And we'll add people's testimony, for and against our position, as we get it.

Here is a great testimony template developed by the Granite State Progress Education Fund.  It's clear and pragmatic.

Here are the New Hampshire Senate's guidelines on testifying.

Here's some good advice from another angle.  It's from our opponents.  They are well organized.

To these, I would add:
  • You do not need written testimony, but it's better to have it and make it a part of the committee record.  It's better and easier for you - you can be comfortable reading.
  • Bring more than enough copies of it for the committee members and others, like the press, you might want to give it to.
  • If you can give it to the committee assistant (in the office right outside the committee room) a few hours before the hearing, she may well be able to distribute it for you as she sets up for the hearing.
  • Offer to send an electronic copy to the committee assistant or anyone else.  You may collect some useful emails that way and an electronic version is more useful anyway.
  • You may or may not get questions but you are more likely to if you make your points a little provocative.  You know what your opponents will question in what you say.  Say it in a way that is honest and true and concise - but maybe a little on the sharp side, that would normally demand more explanation.  Then you'll get questions, normally respectful ones, and get a chance outside your 3 minutes to expand on your point.
  • There are lots of arguments you can make for or against a bill.  Pick the ones that you think speak clearly to some segment of the legislators and voters.  You can't win detailed arguments over the quality of public schools - or private schools.  But people really do care if a voucher program will cost a lot of money.
  • If you send me your testimony, I'll put it up here.

Testimony by Bill Duncan planned for Tuesday, 1/24/12, for on SB 372

posted Jan 19, 2012, 5:50 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 6:57 PM ]

Attached below

Granite State Progress Education Fund Testimony Template

posted Jan 19, 2012, 10:39 AM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 10:43 AM ]

Attached is a very useful guide to testifying before a committee of the New Hampshire General Court.

Granite State is here.

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