Volz says remote testimony in the House will benefit eastern Washington residents

The Washington State House of Representatives will implement its first ever pilot program for remote testimony during certain public hearings.

Rep. Mike Volz, R-Spokane, applauded the decision and encouraged eastern Washington residents to take advantage of the program and let their voices be heard.

“It's taken some time here in the House, but the responsible and inclusive decision has been made,” said Volz. “The hard work and persistence of legislators, advocates, community members and average citizens got us to this point, now it's up to those living outside Olympia and the I-5 corridor to do their part to make sure this is not just a one-time pilot program.”

After adopting House Resolution 4621 last session, a House work group designed the initial program, selecting three committees that will participate: College and Workforce Development; Housing, Community Development and Veterans; and Local Government.

Citizens interested in testifying on legislation before these committees are required to register for remote testimony using the Legislature's web-based sign-in system and are strongly encouraged to register at least 24 hours in advance. The remote testimony will take place via special audio-video connections at the following colleges and universities:

  • Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham
  • Central Washington University in Ellensburg
  • Columbia Basin College in the Tri-Cities
  • Spokane Community College in Spokane

“Our form of government works best when it is attentive, respectful and responsive to the voice of the people,” said Volz. “We need to ensure that all Washington citizens have the opportunity to voice their opinions and to participate in their state government. Remote testimony will encourage the people to stay engaged and help keep state government accountable.”

More information can be found at http://leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/Pages/RemoteTestimony.aspx 

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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