Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montanans will still have the opportunity to testify remotely in front of every state Senate committee during the legislative session in addition to the normal in-person process at the State Capitol in Helena.

In order to testify remotely via video conferencing or by phone, you must register on the Legislature’s website by 12:00 noon the day BEFORE the committee hearing takes place.

Senate President Mark Blasdel of Kalispell explains.

“This session, Montanans will have more opportunity to make their voices heard than ever before in the history of the Legislature,” said Blasdel. “If you don’t feel safe coming to the Capitol, you can testify from anywhere with an internet or phone connection.”

Key points to remember for testifying remotely:

Those who plan on testifying via Zoom or via phone call MUST register by noon the day before the scheduled testimony at www.leg.mt.gov

Participants may testify via phone if they are unable to access Zoom. However, participants testifying via phone also MUST register by noon the day before the scheduled testimony.

Due to time constraints or technical difficulties, every participant may not be heard in every committee hearing. However, all participants can submit written testimony. Testimony and supporting documentation MUST be submitted by NOON the day before the hearing begins.

Written testimony will be accepted until the committee takes executive action on the bill.

People testifying in front of the Legislature, whether in-person or virtually, should observe proper decorum. Be polite, professional, and respectful of others’ opinions and time.

 

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