House Resolution 4621 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.
The state Senate currently offers remote testimony via 16 sites throughout Washington, including Walla Walla Community College.
“We need to reduce the barriers for the public to participate in the legislative process,” said Rude, R-Walla Walla. “In this technologically advanced age, we should be doing our best to ensure access to the process.”
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.
“Remote testimony would just be another tool in the toolbox for Washingtonians to engage with their state government,” Rude added.
The full text of the resolution can be read here.