Your voice makes a difference. Here's a quick guide on how to submit your testimony on bills in the Legislature. If you need help with any of these steps, email us at [email protected] Don't forget to sign up for free action alerts on important bills at the bottom of this page!
Update for the 2021 legislative session: The Capitol building is closed, but all hearings will be streamed online via the House and Senate YouTube pages. You can also testify remotely via Zoom. You must create an account (see instructions below) and submit a request in advance. Click here for detailed instructions from the Legislature. Below, you can also watch an instructional video, which walks through the necessary steps, via the Public Access Room.
1. Create an account on the Hawaiʻi State Legislature website.
• Click here to create an account.
• The website will then send you an email to verify your account; be sure to follow the link to finish setting up your account.
2. Go to the Legislature's "Submit Testimony" page.
• Click on the orange "Submit Testimony" button in the center of the page
• Type in the bill number on the lefthand side in the "Bill Measure/Bill Status" box and then hit the "go" button
3. Fill out the form.
• Choose whether you support, oppose, or offer comments on the bill.
• Also indicate whether you can attend the hearing (via Zoom) and will share your testimony orally. (Need help with this? Let us know!)
4. Add your testimony.
• You have two options: You can write your testimony on your computer (using Word, Google Docs, etc), then upload it to the website. Alternatively, you can type your testimony directly on the website.
• Click here for some tips on writing your testimony.
5. Click "Submit."
• You're done!
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