ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS TESTIMONY

You can make your opinion known on any of the bills before the house (or senate) by submitting testimony, either written or in person. Testimony submitted at least 24 hours before a bill's hearing will be considered by committee members when they vote. Testimony can be as simple as indicating if you support or oppose a bill. It makes a difference!

YOU WILL NOW BE ABLE TO TESTIFY REMOTELY FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!

  • HOW TO SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY

    1. Register for an account on the Hawai'i Legislature website: capitol.hawaii.gov (click "Register" in the top right corner).

    2. On the capitol.hawaii.gov homepage, enter the bill number into the "Bill Status/Measure Status" box on the left then click "Go". 

    3. Here you can see a brief description of the bill. Read the bill in its current form by clicking on the PDF logo to the right of the bill number.

    4. Click on "Submit Testimony" when you are ready to enter your thoughts. Be sure to indicate whether you support or oppose the bill, will testify in person, and if you are testifying on behalf of yourself or an organization. Finally, enter your testimony.

  • HOW TO TESTIFY VIA ZOOM

    • Follow steps 1-4 above (written testimony is required in order to testify via Zoom).

    • When submitting your written testimony, confirm that the name you enter reflects how you will identify yourself in Zoom.

    • You'll then be asked, "How will you be Testifying?" Select, "Remotely via Zoom during the hearing & submitting written testimony."

    • After Submitting Your Request to Testify Remotely...

      • When logged into your account on the Legislative website you should see a note in the green "Your Testimony" section that says "Zoom requested." This confirms your written testimony and request to testify has been submitted

    • If Your Request to Testify can be Accommodated... 

      • YOUR ZOOM LINK WILL NOT BE EMAILED TO YOU

      • You can find your Zoom link by logging in to your account on capitol.hawaii.gov and the join meeting link will be available to you in the green "Your Testimony" section.

    • Before the Hearing

      • The Zoom will begin 20-30 minutes prior to the schedule hearing.

      • Please join the Zoom meeting using the first and last names you used when submitting your written testimony

    • During the Hearing

      • All testifiers must utilize their computer audio to participate.

      • It's strongly encouraged that you share your video when testifying.

      • Please have your camera and audio muted until it is your turn to testify

    • Additional Tips and Reminders

      • ​Zoom testimony will be strictly limited (likely 1-2 minutes per testifier, depending on the committee) so practice with a timer to make sure you can say everything within the allotted time window.

      • Please test your audio and video before joining

      • To prevent audio feedback, silence all background sounds

      • You're participating in a public event that's being broadcast live and will be shown via livestream

      • All Testimony received by the Hawaii State Legislature is posted on the website and will be available to the public

      • In the Senate, you must submit your request at least 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing

      • In the House, submission for testimony and requests to testify remotely 24 hours prior is strongly encouraged

    • Help and Support

TESTIMONY GUIDELINES to help you get started:

Introduction

* Introduce who you are and/or the group or organization that you represent;

* Identify the measure you are testifying on (HB847); and

* State your position on the measure (e.g. "I am testifying in favor of/in support of …" or "I am testifying against/in opposition to …." or "I am providing comments on …")

Content

* State or list the reasons for your position;

* Start with the most important or compelling reasons;

* Include any facts, figures, statements, and experiences to support your position.

Closing

* Include any closing remarks; and

* Reiterate your position on the measure.

* Don't get hung up on being perfect. The important thing is to make your position of support or opposition known.