Individuals with a Disability Testimony Update
February 17th, 2021
Effective tomorrow, the Legislature has updated its testifying guidelines for those with a disability who wish to testify. The updated policy is below:
- An individual with a disability, as defined by the federal Americans with Disability Act of 1990, may have their written testimony submitted in person by another individual between 8:30 and 9:30 on the day of the hearing in the respective hearing room.
- The individual delivering the testimony will be authorized to sign the written testimony record on behalf of the individual with a disability, after signing a statement that to the best of their knowledge, the individual whose testimony he/she is delivering has a disability as defined by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- This exception is allowed because COVID-19 often presents greater risks to individuals with a disability.
- In order to be included on the committee statement as submitting written testimony, all remaining requirements must be met. You can view the requirements here, along with the updated policy.