Looking to get more involved? Why not testify!
Just follow the quick and easy steps below. You can provide virtual testimony, written testimony, or simply log your position on any bill being heard by the legislature -- no need to drive to Olympia!
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A few reminders before you get started:
- Please be sure to use your personal (not school provided) device.
- Stay up to date with the our priority bill list. You can do this by subscribing to the OurVoice blog here, or by texting "OURVOICE" to 81411.
- If you have any questions, check in with our lobby team.
- Check out the "Take Action & Get Involved" page. Here you can contact the lobby team and sign up for weekly email updates on our priority bills.
How to sign-in or submit testimony on bills remotely
- Step 1: Go to www.leg.wa.gov (note: You will need the date/time of the Committee meeting where your bill is being heard. To find this information you can check the most recent Take Action in Olympia on OurVoice or look up the bill on the legislature’s Bill Information Page to see if it has been scheduled for a hearing.)
- Step 2: On the front page, look for the heading that reads “Let Your Voice Be Heard.” Under that heading, click the option that says “Participate in Committee Hearings.”
- Step 3: Select the option marked “Register to Testify Remotely During a Hearing.”
- Step 4: Select House, if the bill is being heard in a House Committee. Select Senate if the bill is being heard in a Senate Committee. Select Joint if the bill is being heard in a Joint Committee.
- Step 5: If you have not already done so, review the instructions on How to Connect to the meeting (if you want to testify) and the general instructions on Testify & Submit Testimony.
- Step 6: Select the name of the Committee where the bill is being heard. Next, select the date/time of the Committee meeting.
- Step 7: Select the bill for which you want to sign-in or provide testimony.
- Step 8: Select the type of testimony you want to provide (written, testify live or have your position noted in the legislative record).
- Step 9: Select your position from the drop-down menu (Pro, Con, Other).
- Step 10: Fill out your personal information on the form.
- Step 11: Check the reCAPTCHA box to prove you’re not a robot.
- Step 12: Click the “Submit Registration” button.
- Step 13: Click the “I’m Done” box to finish your submission.
Need more help?
Check out illustrated guide on how to submit your testimony.
Also check out these tips from the Washington State Legislature
Instructions on how to connect to the meeting: Instructions
How to Submit Written Testimony
- Select the committee and meeting date and time, then select the bill for which you would like to submit written testimony.
- Select “I would like to Submit Written Testimony.” Written testimony will close 24 hours after the start time of the hearing.
- Provide your written comments in the form. Your comments will be available to legislative members and staff of the committee, and will be included in the legislative record for bill and meeting archival purposes, but will not be used as part of testimony summary materials on the bill report.
How to Register to Testify Remotely
- Select the committee and meeting date and time, then select the bill for which you would like to testify remotely.
- Select “I would like to Testify Live During the Hearing.” Remote testimony registration will close 1 hour before the start time of the hearing. Anyone who does not register before this deadline will be unable to testify before the committee.
- Ensure your registration information is accurate. It will be a part of the legislative record and used by TVW for online and television graphics.
How to State Your Position on a Bill Without Testifying
- Select the committee and meeting date and time, then select the bill for which you would like to register.
- Select “I would like my position noted for the legislative record.” Registration will close 1 hour before the start time of the hearing.
- Ensure your registration information is accurate. Your registered position will be made available to legislative members and staff of the committee, and will be included in the legislative record for bill and meeting archival purposes, but will not be used as part of testimony summary materials on the bill report.
Additional Information about Testifying
- Registration opens when a bill is scheduled for public hearing.
- Those who have registered for remote testimony will be emailed a link to the meeting. Each link is unique to the registrant. Registrants are prohibited from sharing links.
- You may participate via videoconference or phone. See instructions above on how to connect to the meeting.
- Be advised: Registering to testify does not guarantee you a chance to speak or speak at specific times. Time constraints, technical issues, changes to committee schedules, etc. could affect your ability to testify.
- You will be connected to the Zoom Webinar meeting in attendee view until you are called to speak.
- The committee Chair may limit public testimony (for example, one minute per testifier) due to time constraints. Be prepared to testify at any point during the hearing.
- Maintain proper committee protocol, which includes waiting to be acknowledged by the committee Chair before speaking, ensuring testimony and any objects appearing in the background of video feeds are respectful and professional, and following rules for testimony established by the Chair. Testifiers may include the name of their organization in a Zoom background, but Zoom backgrounds that include a slogan or any other material, including material that is campaign-related, offensive, or otherwise defamatory, will not be permitted.
- Legislative committee and technical staff are unable to assist with any individual connection, Zoom link, or other technical issue you may experience. Please see instructions document for tips on how to address any common link or other technical issues.
Anyone who fails to follow the rules for testimony established by the Chair may forfeit their opportunity to testify.
If you require an accommodation to testify before a committee, please refer to options on the Legislature’s Americans with Disabilities Act Information https://leg.wa.gov/legislature/pages/adainfo.aspx page.