OLYMPIA, Washington — Rep. Skyler Rude, R-Walla Walla, has co-sponsored a measure to help bring remote testimony opportunities to the Washington State House of Representatives.
House Resolution 4621 was introduced Monday, and encourages the state House to pursue a remote-testimony pilot program, as well as directs the Executive Rules Committee to take up the matter by Oct. 1, 2019.
Rude says providing the option of remote testimony in the House is long overdue.
“The Senate is already doing this, so there’s no reason the House shouldn’t be offering this option, as well,” said Rude. “It’s a simple fact that most Washingtonians cannot take the time off work or be away from their families to travel to Olympia to testify on bills. This becomes increasingly difficult for individuals who live in rural areas of our state.”
The resolution also calls for the review of other civic engagement tools currently offered by the House, including a toll-free legislative hotline and e-comment system.
“We saw an impressive turnout of hair stylists and cosmetologists at the Capitol earlier this year to oppose a bill that would be detrimental to their work and way of life. Their voices effectively killed the harmful policies outlined in the bill. This mobilization is a testament to what can be accomplished when people from every corner of our state get involved. Remote testimony would open the doors to even more productive dialogue, resulting in better policy reflective of the entire state,” added Rude.
The resolution is awaiting action in the House. The full text of the resolution can be read here.