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Remote testimony is critical to the legislative process

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

For decades, those living long distances from a state capitol had to brave icy conditions, closed passes or expensive flights to participate in the legislative process. But things changed during the COVID pandemic. Most states expanded remote testimony options.

Remote testimony is now more broadly accepted than ever before. In the 21st century, there is no excuse for not allowing all citizens the opportunity to be involved in their government via technology.

Remote testimony allows citizens the opportunity to give legislators their opinion on a policy being considered by any committee, without the hassle and cost of traveling to the state capitol.

Without remote testimony, lawmakers only hear from lobbyists or activists who regularly camp out at a state capitol during a legislative session. With remote testimony, the playing field is leveled and all citizens can participate in the legislative process.

Additional Resources:

  • National Conference of State Legislatures Remote Testimony State by State

  • Idaho State Legislature Remote Testimony Tips

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