Originally posted 8/21/2016
Note that oral and written testimony are unique; this post discusses oral testimony only. Further note that the "Getting There" section is for the State of Rhode Island only, while the "Giving Testimony" and "Tips" section applies more broadly.
1. Arrive at the RI Statehouse by 4:30PM (earlier if the bill is controversial and will draw significant testimony).
2. Sign up in the in the hearing room that is posted on the committee agenda.
3. Wait for the ‘Rise’ (aka the moment when the House or Senate ends their floor session); this is when testimonies will begin.
4. Wait in the hearing room until you are called by the chairperson to testify. If the room is over capacity, wait outside the room.
5. Thank the committee and chairman/woman
6. State your name and expertise
7. State the bill number and your position
8. Clearly state your argument and back it up with stats, facts, and examples. Remember to:
Post Author: Shayla Durfey, medical student at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and co-President for Citizen Physicians