While attending the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference last week, our Utah delegation were given training on something that doesn’t happen a lot but when it does is critical.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman and Utah House Representative Rob Bishop, his staff, and other Utah delegation staff provided the training, instructing UAC members and others how to provide effective witness testimony at Congressional Committee meetings.
For those who attended, Cody Stewart and his staff walked them through the process from noticing up a hearing through follow up questions that come after a hearing is over.
Commissioners were educated on their role as witnesses, including, preparing testimony, presenting oral testimony, and fielding questions from the committee members.
Hearing the insights from the staff is invaluable for commissioners who are called to testify. Perhaps the largest take away is that witnesses are not on their own to figure out how to prepare to testify. Committee staff, UAC staff, and NACo staff are all available to help. Staff can assist witnesses in submitting the proper paperwork, drafting testimony, and preparing for questions. Commissioners can focus on being effective advocates and making sure their issues are heard.