29th Legislature, 2018
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Senate Videoconferencing Pilot Project

The Senate will continue our Videoconferencing (SVC) Pilot Project during the 2017 legislative session. In 2017, the SVC Pilot Project will give State and County departments, agencies, and constituents the opportunity to testify remotely via videoconference for measures during most standing committee hearings of the Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology. In addition, other committees meeting in Senate Conference Room 414 may be incorporating videoconference presentations and other online meeting tools in selected hearings and informational briefings during the 2017 legislative session.

This pilot project will explore the use of videoconference technology as a way to expand opportunities for the public to actively participate in formulating new legislation. At the same time, the Senate will benefit from additional State, County, and community input and discussion.

The Senate endeavors to expand the project in the future to cover more committees, more hearings, and perhaps a wider audience; however, initially, this pilot project will be limited and will require the patience and understanding all Senators and staff, as well as the public.

The hearing notices for SVC Pilot Project hearings will indicate that videoconference testimony will be allowed. If you are interested in testifying via videoconference on one of these measures, please:
1.  Make sure you meet the minimum system requirements listed in the sidebar,
2.  Complete the SVC Application Form,
3.  Email the form to the appropriate committee, and
4.  Submit your written testimony to the Committee at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.
After you email the SVC Application Form, you will receive a response from the Committee with further instructions and additional information.

Please note: the committees participating in the SVC Pilot can only accept a limited number of videoconference testifiers for each measure and neighbor island residents will be given priority over Oahu residents. If there is no longer space available when you submit your application, the Committee will inform you via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What measures will be available for videoconferencing?

The SVC pilot project will apply only to committee hearings for ETT and other select hearings held in conference room 414. This pilot project will not be available for all committee hearings. The hearing notices for SVC Pilot Project hearings will indicate that videoconference testimony will be allowed and contain a link to instructions for the public on how to participate.

2. Who is eligible to participate?

All Hawaii residents may participate in this pilot project, including State or County departments or agencies. All others may continue to submit written testimony or appear personally at the Senate to provide verbal testimony.

3. To participate, do I still need to provide written testimony?

Interested eligible participants must submit written testimony at least 24 hours prior to the committee hearing in order to testify via videoconference. Click here for instructions on how to submit testimony to Senate committees.

4. Are there any other limitations on providing videoconference testimony?

The number of participants who may provide testimony via videoconference as part of this pilot project will be limited. Reservations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. However, preference will be given to Neighbor Island residents if there are more people interested in testifying via videoconference than we can accommodate. The Chair may limit the time allotted for each testifier to ensure that all testifiers have an opportunity to address the committee. If an individual is unavailable when called to provide videoconference testimony, the individual shall forfeit the opportunity to testify via videoconference; however, his or her previously submitted written testimony will still be considered.

System Requirements

Interested eligible participants must have access to a computer with internet connectivity, a working webcam, and valid email account. The minimum system requirements are as follows:

(Note: If you have a computer purchased within the past 3-4 years and a reliable Internet connection you most likely meet these requirements.)

  • Internet connection – cable modem, DSL, or better (700 Kbps or more bandwidth)
  • Operating system - Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003; Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later
  • Processor – dual core 1.6 GHZ CPU or faster with at least 2 GB of RAM
  • Browser – Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later, Google Chrome 5.0 or later, or Safari 3.0 or later (JavaScript and Java enabled).

  • pdf icon  SVC Application Form

    pdf icon  SVC Testifier GoToWebinar Instructions