Public Hearing Procedures

 

The County Council’s goal is to make it as easy as possible for residents to submit testimony on issues before the Council. While the Council Office Building is closed to the public due to COVID-19 and residents cannot testify in person, there are several ways to submit testimony. Options include :

  1. Sign up to testify by phone, or call 240-777-7803
  2. Use the form to upload written, audio or video testimony
  3. Send email testimony,  County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov
  4. Mail testimony to the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Avenue, 4th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
  5. Use Facebook, MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil or ConcejodelCondadodeMontgomery
  6. Use  Twitter, MoCoCouncilMD pages

Audio or video testimony provided during the Council’s live public hearings are captured in the Council’s video archive, so a separate audio, video or written submission is not required.

Participating in a Public Hearing

If you would like to participate in a live remote public hearing, which generally occurs on Tuesdays, you must adhere to the following requirements:

For all testimony at live hearings:

  1. You must sign up in advance.
  2. If you need translation assistance or other accommodations, let us know when you register.
  3. You must be available to connect or call in to the meeting during the designated time frame.
  4. You must call in or connect at least 10 minutes before the time indicated for the start of the hearing. If not, you may not have an opportunity to testify during the meeting.
  5. Your comments must be limited to issues relevant to the public hearing topic for which you are testifying. If your comments are off-topic, you will be asked to make them on-topic. If you decline to do so, the host may end your testimony.
  6. You will be given two (2) minutes to speak; if you are speaking on various public hearing items you will have four (4) minutes. If you begin to exceed the allotted time the host will end your testimony.
  7. Please deliver your comments with decorum and the respect appropriate to conducting the public's business. Any obscene comments, or comments inciting imminent violence, will be stricken and will result in the host ending the testimony.

For those delivering audio testimony:

  1. When you register to testify, you must provide the telephone number you will use to call in to the meeting, so that staff and Councilmembers can recognize you during the hearing. If you do not use the same phone number, you may not be provided an opportunity to testify during the meeting (especially if there are many hearings or many speakers and we cannot validate different numbers).

For those delivering video testimony:

  1. Video testimony must adhere to the same expectations as in-person testimony.
  2. FCC regulations govern all television broadcast material and prohibit obscene audio or visual content.
  3. Repeated violations of the video testimony policies (or a particularly egregious violation) may result in a permanent bar to submitting future video testimony.

For questions, contact Council.PublicHearing@montgomerycountymd.gov OR CALL THE PUBLIC HEARING LINE AT 240-777-7803.