How to write a well constructed testimony:
- Identify yourself and the organization that you represent (if applicable) to begin your testimony.
- Greet the chairwoman and committee.
- State your position: “I oppose/support this bill because (insert your reason here). Identify the bill name and number.
- Factual arguments and data as evidence to support your position. Print your data to turn in with your written testimony.
- Add a personal story or anecdotes to demonstrate your position. This should be the most powerful part of your testimony.
- Conclusion: restate/review your position at the end of your testimony.
- Thank the committee or task force for the opportunity to speak.
A MAC member attended a testimony prep and here’s what she learned:
Bring a written testimony to turn-in even if you do not testify. If someone cannot come to testify they can give their testimony to another person to be turned in. This can only happen during the committee. If they do not read them the testimonies are on record.
Why? If people need to sue the legislators they cannot say they did not receive the information to warn them of the risks. There is now a record of all of the warnings. Write it in simple text, double spaced it, max 2 pages and add contact info. Spoken testimony should be 2 minutes.
Our team member has offered to collect testimonies OR we can collect them then hand them to the Sargeant at arms. You do NOT have to use their form.
Keep reminding legislators this is a one-issue voting problem and remind them this is worthy of being unaffiliated. Remind them they work for YOU!!!
We are a Republic, not a Democracy. A Democracy is a mob rule we are a minority and have a voice.
They are human beings. Stay kind and calm. Try to appeal to their humanity. Your body language and tone of voice. Tell a story and show them how you feel. Show your emotions toward the impact of the bill.
Do NOT ask the bill sponsor or the committee questions. Probe them to ask questions.
Prepare a 30-second elevator speech for that purpose or to talk to the press if you are comfortable with that.