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Senate Piloting Remote Testimony

Photo courtesy of The Columbian

During the Sixty-Fourth Legislature, the Washington State Senate is conducting a Remote Testimony Pilot project to expand opportunities for citizens across the state to actively participate in the legislative process from locations outside of Olympia, Washington. Under the pilot project, the current use of remote testimony from invited participants during legislative work sessions will be expanded to include public testimony. Through the use of videoconferencing technology, the public will be able to testify remotely on proposed legislation scheduled for public hearing during selected Senate standing committee meetings.

Bills scheduled for remote testimony will be identified on the committee agenda, Legislative Meeting Schedule, and web pages as such (i.e., Remote Testimony Opportunity). Opportunities to register for remote testimony can be found at, http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/Pages/RemoteTestimony.aspx. Registration forms must be submitted 48 hours prior to the committee hearing start time.

The Senate will evaluate the results of the pilot project during the 2015 legislative interim and may expand the project in the future to cover more committees and hearings, as well as a wider audience and additional sites. Initially, this pilot project will be limited and require the patience and understanding of all Senators and staff, as well as the public.