Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair
and Wildlife Commission
Procedure for Public Testimony (Updated 10/17/07)
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is committed
to allowing adequate time to consider public input
prior to decisions, as well as to improve the ability
of the Commission to move through its lengthy agendas.
This procedure will provide for public testimony
on rule amendments at the same meeting that staff
briefs the Commission. The public will have the opportunity
to hear the staff presentation prior to making comments.
The Commission will also be able to thoroughly consider
the public comments in light of the staff report and
prior to voting on the proposal. In most cases, final
Commission decisions will be scheduled for the next
The Commission remains committed to providing the
public with the opportunity to speak to the various
issues of interest and concern. "Open Public Input"
will remain a regular agenda item to discuss issues
not otherwise on the agenda.
Providing Public Input at Fish
and Wildlife Commission Meetings
Please complete a "Public Testimony" form if you want
to provide testimony (available at the meeting registration
table). Submit your completed form to the Commission
representative at the registration table PRIOR to
the start of discussion of that agenda item.
Public testimony is accepted only during those agenda
items designated for "Public Input," and during
"Open Public Input" portions of the agenda
(Open Public Input is usually scheduled twice per
meeting day; once in the morning and once in the afternoon,
for items not on the agenda). Be aware that items
may be taken out of order, and that the times listed
are estimates only.
Due to extensive participation at Commission meetings,
your opportunity to give testimony to the full Commission
may be limited. To provide a fair opportunity for
everyone to be heard, please abide by the following
Review pertinent information provided at the registration
Complete a "Public Testimony" form and submit
at the registration table PRIOR to the start of
discussion of that agenda item.
If you have written material you wish to provide
to the Commissioners, please give 13 copies to the
Commission representative when you sign up to speak.
Speakers will have 3 minutes to speak. (A timer will beep to indicate when your three minutes
Your testimony time cannot be given to another
Summarize rather than read written material.
Address the Commission and the issues, not the
other speakers or staff.
Consider others' time by limiting your comments
to new issues. If you agree with points made by
previous speakers, simply acknowledge that and please
move on to new information.
Don't repeat material you have previously submitted
in writing; provide new material or verbally re-frame
written material to promote a deeper understanding
of your points.