Suggestions for Public Testimony

This page last reviewed December 16, 2013

Welcome to today's meeting of the California Air Resources Board. If you plan to testify on any agenda item, please consider these suggestions for making the most efficient and effective use of your time before the Board.

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  • Please be Brief. The best presentations are organized and to the point.

  • Please be Specific. A clear statement - including specific suggestions for addressing any concerns you may have - is most helpful to the Board. Do you support or oppose the proposed action? What would make it better?

  • Try to Avoid Repetition. If other witnesses raise points you intended to make, simply indicating your agreement would be greatly appreciated. It is not necessary to repeat prior testimony in detail.

  • Watch the Time. The Chairman may impose a time limit (typically three minutes) so all witnesses can be heard. It goes by faster than you think!  In fact, you may want to skip lengthy self-introductions so the Board hears your primary concerns before the allotted time has elapsed.

  • Rely on the Record. If you have provided written comments on any agenda item, your submission is in the public record. Board members receive copies immediately and read them as they arrive. For this reason, it is not necessary to read the full text of your written comments from the podium. Highlighting key points is sufficient and far more effective. Also, you can avoid delays by providing 30 copies of your written statement and any other part of your testimony to the Clerk of the Board at or before the meeting for inclusion in the official record.

  • Remember to Sign Up. If you would like to testify before the Board, please sign up with the Clerk of the Board at the Board Hearing by completing a Request-to-Speak card, which is located outside the Board room. The Request-to-Speak card must be delivered to the Clerk of the Board or a Board Assistant prior to the commencement of the item. 

    Please Note:
     Beginning at our January 2014 Board Hearing, the "Online Signup" feature will no longer be available as the process for testifying as described above is more efficient. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (916) 322-5594.

We hope this information is helpful. Thank you for taking the time to share your views with the California Air Resources Board. Your written and oral comments are an important part of the public hearing process and we are glad you are here!