FOLLOWING A BILL/LEGISLATIVE PROCESS – 2021
As bills that we are tracking come up in committee hearings, it is imperative that concerned folks, like you and me, take action.
1) Bills are assigned to various committees and are heard in a public hearing. Prior to a scheduled hearing, express your testimony to committee members – calling representatives carries more impact than emailing. On the committee pages on the gencourt site you can find contact information for each member.
2) For the actual hearings this year- signing in, attending, and testifying is all done remotely. Signing in for these is essential to be counted and to have the opportunity to speak. To observe only- use the YouTube-live link. If you plan to speak, find the zoom link on the gencourt bill-docket page.
3) Executive session – committee will be deliberating & voting on bills. After the hearing, you could follow up with representatives to thank them for hearing your testimony and answer questions they might have.
4) Committees make recommendations that go forward to all members of the house or senate. OTP (ought to pass) ITL (inexpedient to legislate) Adding “A” to the recommendation if amended. There will be more steps to take, stay tuned. Some bills have to move to other committees e.g. for fiscal considerations.
5) Bills that pass in the House will crossover to Senate and vice versa.
6) Bills that pass in both House & Senate move on to the Governor.