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Welcome to CPA's Testimony Submission Guide!

Your voice matters, and the state legislature is eager to hear from you on matters that affect the psychological community and the state at large. Whether you have a personal story to share, expertise to offer, or concerns to raise, submitting written or oral testimony can be a powerful way to influence legislative decisions. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Identify the Issue:
Start by identifying the bill or issue you want to address. You can find information on pending legislation, committee hearings, and meeting schedules on the state legislature’s official website or through CPA’s Action Alerts.

2. Written Testimony:

– Format: Your written testimony should be clear, concise, and relevant to the issue at hand. Use professional language and structure your points logically.

,- Submission: The CT General Assembly provides an online portal for submitting written testimony. Follow the instructions carefully, including any formatting requirements or word limits. (Example: https://www.cga.ct.gov/aspx/CGATestimonySub/CGAtestimonysubmission.aspx

– Deadline: Pay close attention to the deadline for submitting testimony. Hearings are typically announced only days in advance so be sure to submit your testimony quickly. Missing the deadline may result in your input not being considered.

3. Oral Testimony:

– Preparation: Prepare your oral testimony in advance. Practice speaking clearly and confidently, focusing on key points you want to convey.

– Registration: The CT Legislature requires advance registration for oral testimony. Registration must be done online one day in advance of the hearing.  Select in person at the CT Statehouse or virtually via Zoom.

– Time Limit: Registrants given a randomized order to speak.  Even once you know your number it is difficult to estimate when your turn will come.  Be patient and flexible.  Be mindful of time constraints. Legislative hearings often have limited time, typically 3 minutes for each speaker, so make sure your remarks can be delivered within the allocated time.

4. Delivery:

– Be Respectful: Whether submitting written or oral testimony, always maintain a respectful tone, even if you disagree with the positions of legislators or other speakers.

– Stay Focused: Stick to the topic at hand and avoid veering off into unrelated issues. Legislators value concise, relevant input.

– Personalize Your Testimony: Whenever possible, include personal anecdotes or examples to illustrate your points and make your testimony more compelling. Be sure to always de-identify clinical examples.

5. Spread the Word: Encourage others in your community to participate in the legislative process by submitting testimony or attending hearings. Collective voices can have a powerful impact on legislative decisions.

 

By submitting written or oral testimony to the state legislature, you’re playing an active role in shaping the policies and laws that impact your profession. Your input is valuable, and lawmakers rely on the insights and perspectives of constituents like you to make informed decisions. Thank you for your engagement in the democratic process!

Sample Testimony

Contact Your Legislators

Your elected state legislators want to know what you think of proposed legislation before they vote on it. Besides testifying at a public hearing, you can also call or write letters to express your views. The General Assembly maintains several toll-free numbers through which you may be transferred to a legislator or to the Legislative Information Room.

House Democrats1-800-842-8267
House Democratic Leadership1-800-842-1902
House Republicans1-800-842-8270
House Republican Leadership1-800-842-1423
Senate Democrats1-800-842-1420
Senate Republicans1-800-842-1421

To reach a committee office, obtain the number from the League of Women Voters Capitol Information Service (860-240-0222) or ask to be transferred from a toll-free number. If you use a TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), you can call these numbers:

House Democrats(860) 240-0160
House Republicans(860) 240-0161
Senate Democrats(860) 240-0162
Senate Republicans(860) 240-0163

The senator or representative can also be contacted via email from the appropriate caucus website:

House of Representatives
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/House.asp

Senate
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/Senate.asp

Know Your Congressional District

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/content/townlist.asp

CT General Assembly Schedule of Events

https://www.cga.ct.gov/calendarofevents.asp

CT General Assembly Bill Tracker

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgabillinfo.asp