Position Letters

  1. Support and opposition letters must be received by the Committee no later than noon the Tuesday prior to the regularly scheduled hearing on the bill in question.
     
  2.  Electronic copies of support and opposition letters must be submitted electronically via the Advocacy Portal.  Hard copies of letters may be delivered to the Committee Office and to the Senate Minority Consultant, but use of the Advocacy Portal is encouraged. 
     
  3. Only those letters that clearly indicate “Support” or “Oppose” to the current version of the bill will be noted in the Committee analysis. Letters identified as “Oppose Unless Amended,” or “Support if Amended,” will not be noted in the Committee’s analysis.
     
  4. Letters from organizations must be on letterhead, include a signature, be addressed to Human Services Committee and a reference to the bill in order to be listed in the committee analysis. If the bill is substantially amended, a new letter is required. Electronic copies of letters must be on the organization’s letterhead with a signature. Single letters from multiple organizations must include letterhead insignia from each organization to be included, as well as signatures from each organization. These letters may be noted as a single letter.
     
  5. Letters from individuals must include the writer’s full name and residential address, including zip code.
     
  6. Policy committees are responsible for the analyses of bills that reach Third Reading. Floor analyses reflect verified support and opposition. It is the responsibility of the author’s office to provide updated letters to this committee prior to bills reaching Third Reading, consistent with committee rules in this section. If updated letters are not provided, floor analyses will indicate that support and opposition cannot be verified and therefore will not be listed.