Recommended Guidelines for a Public Hearing
The are the procedures that our Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs are to follow in order to conduct each Public Hearing.
“Chair or Co-Chairs script is in Bold Type”
“Instructions as to What should happen is Underlined”
Chair should assure that there is Quorum of the Committee present (7 members)
Call the Meeting to Order
GET A MOTION FROM A COMMITTEE MEMBER TO BEGIN THE FIRST HEARING
If there are a large number of people who wish to testify on any particular bill you may need to set a time limit for their testimony to 3-5 minutes.
Discourage those testifying from repeating the information given by others.
Be sure that you have all questions come from Committee Members, and that all questions and answers go through the Chair. Maintain decorum by not allowing committee members and those testifying to engage in conversation, and individual question and answers.
Chair should step aside if they wish to testify on a bill, turn gavel over to Co-Chair on bills that you wish to testify on.