Legislative Hearing Role Play
(TOTAL: 20% of grade: 10 points written, 7 points oral, 3 points committee member participation):
Members of the class will form groups, and each group will be assigned a policy area. Your assigned topic group (ie HIV, COVID19, Reproductive Health, Substance Use) will decide the role that each person in the group will play. The group will research the assigned policy area, choose a particular piece or related legislation/policy, and depending on your role produce written testimony from your perspective as a stakeholder, and present oral testimony to a mock legislative committee in class.
Each groups consist of a committee chair, and witnesses to give testimony:
Committee chair role:
Provides an overview of proposed legislation
Introduces witnesses, and facilitate follow up questions
Provide oral testimony, 3-4 minutes
Respond to question from committee chair and others on the committee (others: students in the class will play this role along with the professor)
Please have witnesses that are for the legislation, and other witnesses against
Members of the class will form groups of 3-4 and will be assigned a policy topic. You will work together as a group to identify a policy or piece of legislation to give testimony on. Also, each student will be asked to play a role during a week that their group is not giving testimony.
Your group will research the assigned policy topic, produce opening remarks (along with some follow up questions) as the chair and/or written testimony from your perspective as the stakeholder, and then present oral testimony to a mock legislative committee in class. Please be prepared to answer well-targeted questions from the mock committee and the instructor. (Groups will be assigned to present Sessions 10-13)
Legislative hearings will run from modules 10 to 13 and will take about one hour of class time. In our legislative hearings, you will be assigned a policy area (HIV, COVID19, Substance Use, Reproductive Health). You are responsible for researching the assigned policy area, producing written testimony and/or opening remarks from your policy perspective as the stakeholder and/or chair, and then presenting oral testimony to a mock legislative committee in class. Please see this document for the grading: grading sheet.Legislative Hearings.docx
When giving testimony, you should be prepared to speak for 3-4 minutes (and yes–you will be pulled off of the floor if you exceed your time limit!). As the chair you will be given around 3-4 minutes to give opening remark and brief introductory overview of legislation/policy that will be discussed.
Please be prepared to answer well-targeted questions from the mock committee and your instructors. Each person in the group is required to speak in their role.
Before your live session, please submit your written testimony and/or opening remarks here in Canvas the Wednesday before your group testimony day by noon so the professor and the other students have a chance to review in advance. You will be graded on a combination of your written testimony, your oral testimony/remarks, your ability to respond to questions from the mock legislators, and your participation as a committee member on the an alternate day. Your written testimony and/or chair opening remarks should be between 2 1/2-3 pages, not including cover page. 11 point font. one inch margins.
The group should pick a policy or piece of legislation that is current vs a piece of legislation/policy that is from the past and has already had a decision made about it.
There is tons to pick from–remember you can pick state, city, or federal!
Here is an example of written testimony from a specific stakeholder position
. Here is another example
, but it is much longer and more in-depth than you are required to do for this class.