KS Legislature: Guidelines for submitting testimony

Kansas House Committees

Agriculture Committee
Chair: Representative Kyle Hoffman
481-W; (785) 296-7643
John Willey, Secretary
Complete Instructions

  • 1 hard copy delivered to Rep. Hoffman’s office (481-W) TWO DAYS before the hearing.
  • They require a PDF electronic copy of the testimony emailed to john.willey@house.ks.gov TWO DAYS before the hearing. (10 am the day before the hearing is the absolute deadline, but they prefer the testimony 48 hours advance.)
  • Need to include your name, email, phone number and the organization you’re with (if applicable).
  • Subject line of email should say if the testimony is for, against or neutral.

Children & Seniors Committee
Chair: Representative Steve Alford
187-N; (785) 296-7641
Florence Deeter, Secretary

  • 30 hard copies need to be delivered Rep. Alford’s office (187-N) at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • An electronic (PDF) version also needs to be emailed to florence.deeter@house.ks.gov at least 24 hours before the hearing.

Health & Human Services Committee
Chair: Representative Daniel Hawkins
186-N; (785) 296-7631
Lydia Meiss, Secretary

  • 50 hard copies need to be delivered to Rep. Hawkins’ office (186-N) at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • An electronic (PDF) version also needs to be emailed to lydia.meiss@house.ks.gov at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • Subject line of email should say if the testimony is for, against or neutral. It must be VERY clear which side the testimony is for.

Taxation Committee
Chair: Representative Steven Johnson
185-N; (785) 296-4830
Lea Gerard, Secretary

  • 50 hard copies of the testimony required at least 24 hours before the meeting delivered to Rep. Johnson’s office, 185-N.
  • An electronic PDF version needs to be emailed at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to lea.gerard@house.ks.gov
  • At the top of the testimony, include your name, organization, title, position and house bill number (HB#…) and whether this will be spoken testimony or written testimony.

Kansas Senate Committees

Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
Chair: Senator Dan Kerschen
225-E; (785) 296-7353
Judy Marks, Secretary

  • 20 hard copies need to be delivered to Sen. Kerschen’s office (225-E) at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • An electronic (PDF) copy must be emailed to judy.marks@senate.ks.gov at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • Include your name, title, and position (make it clear) at the top of the testimony.

Public Health & Welfare Committee
Chair: Senator Vicki Schmidt
441-E; (785) 296-7374
Judy Bowman, Secretary

  • 40 hard copies must be delivered to the office (441-E) at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • An electronic (PDF) must be emailed to judy.bowman@senate.ks.gov at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • Include your position and bill # at the top of the testimony.

Ways & Means Committee
Chair: Senator Carolyn McGinn
545-S; (785) 296- 3775
Nancy Fontaine, Secretary

This information is for the FULL ways & means committee. Subcommittee guidelines can vary, and inquiries should be directed to individual secretaries for those subcommittees. Subcommittee secretary information is published on the Senate calendar.*

  • Individuals wishing to appear and provide testimony should provide their information to the committee assistant, Nancy Fontaine, at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing by either calling 785-296-3775 or emailing nancy.fontaine@senate.ks.gov.
  • 50 hard copies must be delivered to the committee secretary in room 545-S at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • An electronic PDF of the testimony should be emailed at least 24 hours before the hearing to the committee assistant: nancy.fontaine@senate.ks.gov.

Guidelines for conferees appearing before the Senate Ways and Means Committee

  1. Cell phones and pagers with audible tones must be turned off or disabled while in the committee room.
  2. Individuals wishing to appear and provide testimony before the committee should provide their information to the committee assistant, Nancy Fontaine, at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing by either calling 785-296-3775 or emailing nancy.fontaine@senate.ks.gov.
  3. Testimony should be in written form with 50 copies delivered to the committee assistant in Room 545-S of the State House. Testimony deadline is 10:30 am the day before testifying. An electronic copy of the testimony in pdf format should be emailed at the same time to the committee assistant: nancy.fontaine@senate.ks.gov.
  4. Note that testimony provided by conferees will be placed on the Kansas Legislative website. Do not include any personal information (address, phone number, etc.) in your testimony that you do not want open to the public.
  5. Conferees should not read their testimony. Rather, testimony should be presented in summary fashion. Conferees should introduce themselves, identify on whose behalf they appear, identify whether they appear as a proponent, opponent or neutral party and should, as briefly as possible, state the reason(s) for their position.
  6. If suggestions for amendments are to be offered, a proposed draft of the amendments must be provided to the Committee Staff.
  7. If the conferee is representing the bill, the conferee should be prepared to brief the committee on the specific provisions of the legislation when necessary.
  8. Testimony shall relate to the subject matter of the measure under consideration. Conferees testifying on unrelated subjects will be admonished and, if unrelated testimony persists, the Chairperson may terminate the conferee’s testimony.
  9. The Chairperson reserves the right to take such action as may be necessary to prevent disruptive behavior in the committee room during hearings and deliberations.
  10. There shall be no recording (audibly, photographically or otherwise) of committee voting except by the committee assistant.