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Testimony Before Legislative Committees

Section and committee chairpersons or their representatives are often asked to represent a CBA position on legislation which has been approved by the Legislative Policy Committee, Executive Council and/or the Board of Governors. Due to confusion created by some CBA witnesses while testifying, it is necessary to develop clear guidelines on testifying. The following guidelines for testifiers are recommended by the Legislative Policy Committee:

    1. Do not testify on any matter on behalf of the CBA unless it has been arranged and cleared with the CBA's legislative director.

    2. If you are testifying at the Capitol as an attorney on behalf of a client or for other reasons, please specify to that legislative committee that you are not there representing a position of the Colorado Bar Association. If you don't, more often than not, you are perceived as representing the CBA.

    3. If you are testifying on behalf of the CBA, you should limit your testimony to CBA positions only. Do not express personal opinions or the positions of other organizations.

    4. Be prepared to address the pros and cons of the issue. Do the necessary research so you can comment on both sides of the issue. It is important that CBA testifiers be viewed as reliable resources.

    5. Sections and committees should provide only witnesses that agree with the CBA's position on specific issues.

Adopted 9/87