Senate Committee Services

​Senate Remote Testimony


Remote Testimony Overview

The Washington State Senate offers Video Remote Testimony to expand opportunities for citizens across the state to actively participate in the legislative process from locations outside of Olympia, Washington. Through the use of videoconferencing technology, the public is able to testify remotely on proposed legislation scheduled for public hearing during selected Senate standing committee meetings. Click here for complete details of the Senate Remote Testimony program.

Opportunities for remote testimony across all committees are included in the "Remote Testimony Sign-up" section below. To make requests relating to the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, please see the detailed instructions below.  For requests relating to other committees, please contact committee staff for that committee who will forward the request for Chair approval and process the request, subject to availability of the remote site.

In order to process a request, committee staff must receive confirmation of Chair approval of a request at least two business days prior to the meeting at which remote testimony is to be used for an invited speaker, and at least four business days prior if remote testimony is to be used for open public testimony.  Click here for Committee staff contact information.
 

Remote Testimony Sign Up

Opportunities to register for remote testimony will be listed in the table below. Registration forms must be submitted 24 hours prior to the committee hearing start time.


​Topic​​Committee​​Date​​Time​Remote ​Location(s)​Testimony Form
EHB 1638Health & Long Term Care​March 29​8:00 am

City of Spokane Valley
(Spokane Valley, WA)
City Council Chambers

​Closed

Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee - Video Remote Testimony Expansion Program

During the 2019 Regular Session, the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee will implement an expanded public video remote testimony process. Members of the public may request to testify remotely for any measure that is scheduled for public hearing by the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. Based on requests that are received, video remote testimony will be offered at the first two (2) sites requested for each hearing, subject to remote site room availability. Please note: Requests must be received by Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee staff no less than four (4) business days in advance of the hearing. Please see below for instructions on how to make a request to testify remotely.

How to make requests for public video remote testimony in the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee:

  1. Review the committee's upcoming agenda.
  2. Identify a preferred remote testimony site based on the 2019 Remote Testimony Site List.
  3. To initiate a request for remote testimony at a preferred site, click here to send your inquiry to Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee staff. The following details are required in the initial inquiry to process a request:
    1. Committee meeting date and time
    2. Bill(s) listed for public hearing on which testifier wishes to testify
    3. Preferred remote testimony site (per the 2019 Remote Testimony Site List)
    4. First and Last Name of testifier(s)
    5. Phone number of testifier(s)
    6. Email address of testifier(s)
    Note: Requests must be received by Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee staff no less than four (4) business days in advance of the hearing.
  4. Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee staff will provide confirmation that request has been received.
  5. Committee staff will follow up when the video remote testimony request has been approved or denied, based on remote site room availability and/or request timeline.
  6. If a request to testify remotely has been approved, Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee staff will update the committee public agenda with video remote testimony site information and open up the Remote Testimony Sign Up form for members of the public - including original requestor(s) - to register to testify remotely. Up to two (2) remote sites will be available per hearing. (Please see Remote Testimony Sign Up instructions and protocols below.)

 

Remote Testimony Protocols

Testifiers must be prepared to testify at any point during the hearing. At all times, testifiers will be required to maintain proper committee protocol, which includes being acknowledged by the committee Chair before speaking and following the rules for testimony established by the committee Chair. Anyone who fails to follow the rules for testimony established by the committee Chair forfeits their opportunity to testify.

Registering to testify at a remote location does not guarantee the opportunity to testify. For example, technical issues could prevent communication between the remote site and the committee hearing room. Additionally, bill hearings are often delayed or rescheduled and there is no guarantee the bill will be heard when originally scheduled. Please check the Senate calendars posted on the Legislature's website for updates on any calendar changes. For committee changes that occur the day of a committee hearing, please visit the committee's web page, which can be found on the Senate Committee Service's website.

The committee Chair may determine that public testimony be limited due to time constraints. For example, testifiers may be provided a specific amount of time to speak. Often, the time allotted is between one and three minutes per bill, or hearing. For additional information on testifying before a committee of the Washington State Senate, please click here.