Write Testimony on a Bill?…..ummmmm…….

FCCAM has found Legislators are very open to hearing our thoughts and respect that we are speaking from first-hand knowledge about the issues that impact our small business and the health and safety of children in our care.

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As a statewide association whose mission is to support family child care providers, FCCAM believes it’s important for all providers to lend their diverse voices to any deliberation on Bills that impact their small businesses. We understand that we will also not always agree with each on the issue under discussion, but it’s important that all voices are heard.

Sending in written testimony by email to the Committee hearing the Bill can be intimidating. We know. We’ve had to learn how to. Following is some of the information we have followed in drafting our association testimony. At the end of the post you will also find the emails for the current Joint Committee of Health and Human Services that oversees the Bills on child care.

How to Write Testimony on a Bill

Styles of testimony

  • “Personal experience” or “How impacts me” or “What means to me”
    Sincere, straightforward and easy to understand. Easiest style to prepare as expressing own thoughts and relating experiences.
  • “Just the facts”
    More technical, requires preparation of facts, figures, background materials, materials from experts to explain the issue and defend/support your viewpoint.
    Can be hard to be brief.

Guidelines for writing testimony

Identify yourself, information around your professional position that would be important on the issue addressing, the Bill number and name, the committee hearing and date ~

Testimony Regarding LD 561 – An Act To Remove the Requirement That Child Care Facility Workers and Family Child Care Providers Submit to Criminal Background Checks
Donna Dover, Let’s Play Child Care

April 5, 2018

Provide a formal greeting and thanks to the committee members with more information about yourself. Can include stance on the Bill

Senator (first, last name of committee chair), Representative (first, last name committee chair) and distinguished members of the Joint Standing Committee on (committee name), my name is Donna Dover. I own a small business, Let’s Play Child Care, in (town/city), ME. My state licensed family child care program opened in (year). Since I opened my doors I have worked to provide a safe, nurturing environment for the children in my care to learn and grow in.

State your opinion on the issue in a summary paragraph.
Explain what the legislation or policy would do and why you oppose or support it.
Keep as brief as possible to clearly state your reasons. Avoid extra words.
Close asking the committee to support your position and thanking them.

Signature:

Donna Dover
Small Business owner of Let’s Play Child Care
xxxxxxxx, ME
other info like: website, phone number, special award

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Committees bills impacting child care usually are heard by: (these direct links will provide you with current members, positions, and emails)

Health and Human Services

Education and Cultural Affairs

Labor and Housing

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

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Ask questions. Stay informed. Add your voice. You have the power to influence the Bills that will impact your small business and the families you service.