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Let Your Voice Be Heard: How To Speak Before The Legislature

Is there an issue you would like to bring to the county’s attention? Is there a proposed piece of legislation you have thoughts on? Your Suffolk County legislators welcome ideas, thoughts and concerns from constituents, and one way to let your voice be heard is to address the Legislature directly during one of its meetings.

If you wish to speak at a General Meeting or a Committee Meeting, please follow these simple steps:

1) Prepare your comments. There are two opportunities during a meeting to speak before the Legislature: during the “public portion,” when you may speak on any topic; and during a “public hearing,” when you must speak on the specific agenda item being discussed. The public portion is held at the beginning of a meeting, while public hearings are held at set times (2:30 p.m. for day meetings and 6:30 p.m. for night meetings). Speakers are limited to three minutes.

2) Fill out a “speaker’s card.” Speaker’s cards are prominently displayed and available in the lobby of the Legislative Auditorium before the meeting.

3) Wait for your name to be called. Speaking order is first come, first heard.

4) Walk to the podium in front of the horseshoe and deliver your message.

5) If desired, provide copies of your comments in writing to the Legislative Clerk. You also have the option of submitting your comments in writing to the Legislative Clerk. If you wish to do so, we ask that you please bring 20 copies so that all legislators can review your comments.

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