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.
is a great testimony template developed by the Granite State Progress Education Fund. It's clear and pragmatic.
are the New Hampshire Senate's guidelines on testifying.
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.
Attached is a very useful guide to testifying before a committee of the New Hampshire General Court.