ACTION ALERT: Every Albuquerque resident needs access to safe and affordable housing, regardless of how they pay rent.

We need your help Monday, April 11 to urge the Albuquerque City Council to prohibit landlords from discriminating against renters who pay rent with housing assistance.

If passed, Ordinance 0-22-16, sponsored by Councilors Pat Davis and Brook Bassan, would make affordable housing accessible to thousands of New Mexico’s low-income families. It would update Albuquerque’s existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit landlords from refusing to rent to an applicant who will pay rent with a housing voucher, social security income, or any other lawful source of income. It would also stop landlords from imposing extra requirements — like higher security deposits — on those relying on rent subsidies. 

Make your voice heard! Give public comment in support at the hearing and/or contact city councilors and ask them to support the ordinance. Let them know that Albuquerque’s low-income renters need increased access to affordable housing!

WHAT: City of Albuquerque Finance & Government Operations Committee hearing on affordable housing

WHEN: Monday, April 11, 2022 at 5:00 P.M.

JOIN BY ZOOM OR IN PERSON: Council Committee Room, 9th Floor, Suite 9081 of the Albuquerque Government Center, One Civic Plaza NW.  

Zoom details will be available here: https://www.cabq.gov/council/events

WHAT YOU MIGHT SAY: Hello, my name is __________, I live in District ____. I am calling to urge Councilor ________ to support Ordinance 0-22-16. Every Albuquerque resident should have access to safe and affordable housing, regardless of how they pay their rent. Our city is already experiencing a huge increase in homelessness.  This ordinance would help ensure that low-income families can find affordable housing and remain housed. 

Find your city councilor here: https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor

TUESDAY: Support strong regulations to enforce the new paid sick leave law!

Help ensure the Department of Workforce Solutions enacts meaningful paid sick leave enforcement!

We need your help to make the new paid sick leave law fair for all workers! Please attend a public hearing Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and urge DWS to remove a proposed regulation that limits carry-over of accrued time off.

The Healthy Workplaces Act, which goes into effect July 1, 2022, will require private employers in New Mexico to provide paid sick leave to employees. Currently, half of New Mexican workers lack paid sick leave. 

The department has proposed other regulations that will enable it to effectively enforce the paid sick leave law. Please support its proposals that would ensure employers are educated and have clear information about the paid sick leave law; provide access to workers who speak languages other than English or who need assistance enforcing their rights; keep workers up to date on the status of their complaints; provide prompt resolution or enforcement of complaints; and provide consistency to workers and employers by having an enforcement process similar to wage theft enforcement.

However, the department’s proposed limit on carry-over of accrued leave should be removed. The department has proposed limiting the amount of unused leave that employers have to carry over to the next year to 64 hours, which would wrongly take away paid sick leave that workers have earned.

How to join the hearing:

When: Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: 1596 Pacheco Street Suite 103, Santa Fe, NM 

or via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95905700471?pwd=U1dJemVzS2l6dWRIQW9sRjAySEFpUT09

Meeting ID: 959 0570 0471

Passcode: td0MzM

Action Alert: Key legislation awaits the governor’s signature. You can help!

Your dedication and countless phone calls, emails, and comments in hearings worked! Huge efforts to stop predatory lending by capping interest rates on small loans, parity for Native language teachers, access to state services in languages other than English, and easy enrollment in healthcare could be a reality for New Mexico’s families. 

We need your help to get these bills signed and over the finish line! Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has until March 9 to sign legislation.

Please contact the governor this week by calling her office at (505) 476-2200 and leave a message with her office to “Please sign HB 22, HB 60, HB 95, and HB 132.” You can also email her using this form: https://www.governor.state.nm.us/contact-the-governor/.

Bills awaiting signature: 

HB 22: Limited English Access to State Programs requires state agencies to develop plans to provide help in languages other than English, ensuring that more New Mexicans can access state services. 

HB 60: Native American Language Certificate Salaries ensures that Native language teachers are treated fairly, on par with other teachers, promoting language preservation and student educational success.

HB 95 Easy Enrollment Act allows uninsured residents  to use their state income tax returns as an easy way to get information on available health coverage plans and to enroll in any plans they are eligible for. 

HB 132: Interest Rates for Certain Loans requires an all-inclusive 36% APR cap on storefront loans and ensures that New Mexico’s laws prevent abusive and predatory financial practices. 

Thank you for your tireless efforts! Let’s get the bills passed made into law.

TODAY: Support access to state services in languages other than English!

Help ensure all New Mexicans can access state services in languages other than English!

HB 22: Limited English Access to State Programs is scheduled to be heard TODAY at 6:00 p.m. on the Senate Floor. We need your help to get it passed! 

Please call and email your senator to urge them to support the bill. 

All New Mexicans deserve equal access to state services, regardless of the language they speak. New Mexico is home to thousands of people that primarily speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Diné and other languages. Despite being required by law, many agencies do not provide information and services in languages New Mexicans understand. Lack of language services has delayed or prevented New Mexicans from applying for unemployment insurance, food assistance, and Medicaid prior to and during the pandemic and deepens economic and health disparities in our communities. 

HB 22 requires state agencies to develop plans to provide help in languages other than English, ensuring that more New Mexicans can access state services. 

You can share a personal story about why state agencies should provide interpretation or translation. You can also say something like this: “I urge senators to support HB 22. All New Mexicans should have access to state services. Coordinating and planning language services is a common sense step to address health and economic inequities in our state services.”

HB 22 Summary

Language Access Analysis, Plan, and Annual Report will increase language access by requiring state agencies to: 

  • Collect data on the number of New Mexicans agencies that primarily speak a language other than English and determine the resources needed to ensure meaningful access to services through translation and interpretation.
  • Develop and implement an annual plan to provide meaningful access to state programs for individuals who primarily speak languages other than English. 
  • Submit the annual report to the governor and the Legislative Finance Committee.

Instructions for Contacting Your Senator

When: Before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022

How: Please choose the senator that represents your district from the contact list below and email and/or call them to urge them to support the bill. 

What to You Can Say: Hello, my name is __________, I live in ________ and my zip code is _______. I am calling to urge Senator ________ to support HB22. Every New Mexican should have access to state services regardless of the language they speak. The many languages and cultures in New Mexico are one of our greatest strengths and this bill ensures that none of our communities are left behind. 

Senators: 2022 Legislative Session

  • Gregory A. Baca: (505) 986-4877, greg.baca@nmlegis.gov
  • Craig W. Brandt: (505) 986-4385, craig.brandt@nmlegis.gov
  • William F. Burt: (505) 986-4366, bill.burt@nmlegis.gov
  • Pete Campos: (505) 986-4311, pete.campos@nmlegis.gov
  • Jacob R. Candelaria: (505) 986-4380, jacob.candelaria@nmlegis.gov
  • Joseph Cervantes: (505) 986-4861, joseph.cervantes@nmlegis.gov
  • Crystal R. Diamond: (505) 986-4703, crystal.diamond@nmlegis.gov
  • Katy M. Duhigg: (505) 986-4726, katy.duhigg@nmlegis.gov
  • David M. Gallegos: (505) 986-4278, david.rsi@hotmail.com
  • Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales: (505) 986-4362, roberto.gonzales@nmlegis.gov
  • Ron Griggs: (505) 986-4391, ron.griggs@nmlegis.gov
  • Carrie Hamblen: (505) 986-4266, carrie.hamblen@nmlegis.gov
  • Siah Correa Hemphill: (505) 986-4863, siah.hemphill@nmlegis.gov
  • Martin Hickey: (505) 986-4513, martin.hickey@nmlegis.gov
  • Stuart Ingle: (505) 986-4702, stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov
  • Daniel A. Ivey-Soto: (505) 986-4270, daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov
  • Leo Jaramillo: (505) 986-4487, leo.jaramillo@nmlegis.gov
  • Gay G. Kernan: (505) 986-4274, gay.kernan@nmlegis.gov
  • Linda M. Lopez: (505) 986-4737linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov
  • Brenda G. McKenna(505) 986-4301, brenda.mckenna@nmlegis.gov
  • Mark Moores: mark.moores@nmlegis.gov
  • George K. Munoz: (505) 986-4371, george.munoz@nmlegis.gov
  • Steven P. Neville: (505) 986-4701, steven.neville@nmlegis.gov
  • Bill B. O’Neill: (505) 986-4260, oneillsd13@billoneillfornm.com
  • Gerald Ortiz y Pino: (505) 986-4482, jortizyp@msn.com
  • Michael Padilla: (505) 986-4267, michael.padilla@nmlegis.gov
  • Shannon D. Pinto: (505) 986-4835, shannon.pinto@nmlegis.gov
  • Cliff R. Pirtle: (505) 986-4369, cliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov
  • Harold Pope: (505) 986-4365, harold.popejr@nmlegis.gov
  • Nancy Rodriguez: (505) 986-4264, nancy.rodriguez@nmlegis.gov
  • Joshua A. Sanchez: (505) 986-4375, jas4nm@gmail.com
  • Gregg Schmedes: (505) 986-4395, gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov
  • Antoinette Sedillo Lopez: (505) 986-4389, a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov
  • William E. Sharer: (505) 986-4381, bill@williamsharer.com
  • Benny Shendo: (505) 986-4310, benny.shendo@nmlegis.gov
  • William P. Soules: (505) 986-4834, bill.soules@nmlegis.gov
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics: (505) 986-4377l, stefanics@msn.com
  • Jeff Steinborn: (505) 986-4862, jeff.steinborn@nmlegis.gov
  • Mimi Stewart: (505) 986-4734, https://bit.ly/ContactSenStewart
  • Bill Tallman: (505) 986-4373, bill.tallman@nmlegis.gov
  • Peter Wirth: (505) 986-4727, peter.wirth@nmlegis.gov
  • Pat Woods: (505) 986-4393, pat.woods@nmlegis.gov

TODAY: Help ensure all New Mexicans can access state services in languages other than English!

HB 22: Limited English Access to State Programs is scheduled to be heard TODAY at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee. We need your help to get it passed! (The bill was originally scheduled for last Friday.)

Please join the virtual committee hearing today and provide public comment in support of the bill. The committee often begins late. Please try again if the meeting has not started when you try the Zoom link.

All New Mexicans deserve equal access to state services, regardless of the language they speak. New Mexico is home to thousands of people that primarily speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Diné and other languages. Despite being required by law, many agencies do not provide information and services in languages New Mexicans understand. Lack of language services has delayed or prevented New Mexicans from applying for unemployment insurance, food assistance, and Medicaid prior to and during the pandemic and deepens economic and health disparities in our communities. 

HB 22 requires state agencies to develop plans to provide help in languages other than English, ensuring that more New Mexicans can access state services. 

You can share a personal story about why state agencies should provide interpretation or translation. You can also say something like this: “I urge senators to support HB 22. All New Mexicans should have access to state services. Coordinating and planning language services is a common sense step to address health and economic inequities in our state services.”

HB 22 Summary

Language Access Analysis, Plan, and Annual Report will increase language access by requiring state agencies to: 

  • Collect data on the number of New Mexicans agencies that primarily speak a language other than English and determine the resources needed to ensure meaningful access to services through translation and interpretation.
  • Develop and implement an annual plan to provide meaningful access to state programs for individuals who primarily speak languages other than English. 
  • Submit the annual report to the governor and the Legislative Finance Committee.

Public comment instructions

When: 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 14 2022

How: Click on this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87967039414  
or join by phone: 1 (669) 900-9128
Webinar ID for SHPAC: 879 6703 9414

What to Expect During the Hearing 

The committee will be taking public comment. The chair of the committee will announce the bill and ask who supports HB 22. At that time, to provide a comment use the Zoom reaction button and raise your hand. The chair will call your name and unmute your Zoom when it is your turn to speak.

Tips 

  • Keep your remarks brief and to the point.
  • If you have a personal story about how state agencies’ lack of interpretation or translation services has impacted you or your family, please share it.
  • Close the Legislature’s webcast page when you give your comment so there is not an echo during your remarks.
  • Make sure you are not muted when you start speaking.
  • Do not rely on your computer or phone for notes. Write them down or print them in case your computer screen freezes.
  • Close other tabs and windows in your browser to make sure your connection is good.
  • If your connection or microphone doesn’t work, be prepared to call in with the information above. 

Action Alert: Help ensure all New Mexicans can access state services in languages other than English!

HB 22: Limited English Access to State Programs is scheduled to be heard TOMORROW at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee. We need your help to get it passed! 

Please join the virtual committee hearing tomorrow and provide public comment in support of the bill. 

All New Mexicans deserve equal access to state services, regardless of the language they speak. New Mexico is home to thousands of people that primarily speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Diné and other languages. Despite being required by law, many agencies do not provide information and services in languages New Mexicans understand. Lack of language services has delayed or prevented New Mexicans from applying for unemployment insurance, food assistance, and Medicaid prior to and during the pandemic and deepens economic and health disparities in our communities. 

HB 22 requires state agencies to develop plans to provide help in languages other than English, ensuring that more New Mexicans can access state services. 

You can share a personal story about why state agencies should provide interpretation or translation. You can also say something like this: “I urge senators to support HB 22. All New Mexicans should have access to state services. Coordinating and planning language services is a common sense step to address health and economic inequities in our state services.”

HB 22 Summary

Language Access Analysis, Plan, and Annual Report will increase language access by requiring state agencies to: 

  • Collect data on the number of New Mexicans agencies that primarily speak a language other than English and determine the resources needed to ensure meaningful access to services through translation and interpretation.
  • Develop and implement an annual plan to provide meaningful access to state programs for individuals who primarily speak languages other than English. 
  • Submit the annual report to the governor and the Legislative Finance Committee.

Public comment instructions

When: 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022

How: Click on this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87967039414  
or join by phone: 1 (669) 900-9128
Webinar ID for SHPAC: 879 6703 9414

What to Expect During the Hearing 

The committee will be taking public comment. The chair of the committee will announce the bill and ask who supports HB 22. At that time, to provide a comment use the Zoom reaction button and raise your hand. The chair will call your name and unmute your Zoom when it is your turn to speak.

Tips 

  • Keep your remarks brief and to the point.
  • If you have a personal story about how state agencies’ lack of interpretation or translation services has impacted you or your family, please share it.
  • Close the Legislature’s webcast page when you give your comment so there is not an echo during your remarks.
  • Make sure you are not muted when you start speaking.
  • Do not rely on your computer or phone for notes. Write them down or print them in case your computer screen freezes.
  • Close other tabs and windows in your browser to make sure your connection is good.
  • If your connection or microphone doesn’t work, be prepared to call in with the information above. 

URGENT: Support access to state services in languages other than English TOMORROW at 12:00 NOON!

Help ensure all New Mexicans can access state services in languages other than English!

HB 22: Limited English Access to State Programs is scheduled to be heard TOMORROW at 12:00 p.m. in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. We need your help to get it passed! 

Please join the virtual committee hearing and provide public comment in support of the bill. A Zoom link will be available on the PDF calendar posted here

All New Mexicans deserve equal access to state services, regardless of the language they speak. New Mexico is home to thousands of people that primarily speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Diné and other languages. Despite being required by law, many agencies do not provide information and services in languages New Mexicans understand. Lack of language services has delayed or prevented New Mexicans from applying for unemployment insurance, food assistance, and Medicaid prior to and during the pandemic and deepens economic and health disparities in our communities. 

HB 22 requires state agencies to develop plans to provide help in languages other than English, ensuring that more New Mexicans can access state services. 

You can share a personal story about why state agencies should provide interpretation or translation. You can also say something like this: “I urge senators to support HB 22. All New Mexicans should have access to state services. Coordinating and planning language services is a common sense step to address health and economic inequities in our state services.”

HB 22 Summary

Language Access Analysis, Plan, and Annual Report will increase language access by requiring state agencies to: 

  • Collect data on the number of New Mexicans agencies that primarily speak a language other than English and determine the resources needed to ensure meaningful access to services through translation and interpretation.
  • Develop and implement an annual plan to provide meaningful access to state programs for individuals who primarily speak languages other than English. 
  • Submit the annual report to the governor and the Legislative Finance Committee.

Public comment instructions

  • When: 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022
  • How: Click on the PDF calendar available here for a Zoom link. 

What to expect during the hearing 

The committee will be taking public comment. The chair of the committee will announce the bill and ask who supports HB 22. At that time, to provide a comment use the Zoom reaction button and raise your hand. The chair will call your name and unmute your Zoom when it is your turn to speak.

Tips 

  • Keep your remarks brief and to the point.
  • If you have a personal story about how state agencies’ lack of interpretation or translation services has impacted you or your family, please share it.
  • Close the Legislature’s webcast page when you give your comment so there is not an echo during your remarks.
  • Make sure you are not muted when you start speaking.
  • Do not rely on your computer or phone for notes. Write them down or print them in case your computer screen freezes.
  • Close other tabs and windows in your browser to make sure your connection is good.
  • If your connection or microphone doesn’t work, be prepared to call in with the information above.

TOMORROW: Support a 36% APR rate cap on storefront loans!

New Mexicans Deserve Fair Credit!

We need your help to get a bill requiring an all-inclusive 36% APR cap on storefront loans passed by the House Judiciary Committee TOMORROW at 1:30 p.m. 

Please attend the hearing and give public comment to ensure that New Mexico’s laws prevent abusive and predatory financial practices.

New Mexico has one of the highest interest rate caps on installment loans in the country. Lenders across the state are taking advantage of triple-digit interest rates and draining hundreds of millions of dollars from hardworking New Mexicans each year. A family who borrows a storefront loan for just a few hundred dollars at the current rate cap of 175% APR will end up paying hundreds, even thousands of dollars in interest and fees.  

You might share a personal story with legislators about why no one should be allowed to charge triple-digit interest rates. You might also share why you support the bill. For example: “I urge the Committee to support House Bill 132 for an all-inclusive 36% cap on storefront loans. No one should have to choose between paying their rent and making payments on a triple-digit loan. New Mexicans deserve access to fair and responsible credit.”

HB 132 Summary
House Bill 132, sponsored by Representatives Herrera, Garratt, Anderson, Ely and Speaker Egolf would require an all-inclusive 36% APR cap on storefront loans and ensure that New Mexico’s laws prevent abusive and predatory financial practices. 

Public Comment Instructions

When: Tomorrow February 2 at 1:30 p.m.

How: Zoom link will become available before the hearing on the House Committee Schedule page https://www.nmlegis.gov/Calendar/Session

What to Expect During the Hearing

The committee will be taking public comment. The chair of the committee will announce the bill and ask who supports HB 132. At that time, to provide a comment use the Zoom reaction button and raise your hand. The chair will call your name and unmute your zoom when it is your turn to speak.

Tips

  • Keep your remarks brief and to the point.
  • If you have a personal story about high interest loans, please share it.
  • Close the Legislature’s webcast page when you give your comment so there is not an echo during your remarks.
  • Make sure you are not muted when it is your turn to speak.
  • Do not rely on your phone or computer for notes. Write them down on a piece of paper or print them out in case your computer or phone freeze.
  • Close other tabs and windows in your browser to make sure your connection is good.
  • If your microphone or internet connection doesn’t work then be prepared to call in on your phone using the number at the same link above.

TOMORROW: Support a 36% APR rate cap on storefront loans!

New Mexicans Deserve Fair Credit!

We need your help to get a bill requiring an all-inclusive 36% APR cap on storefront loans passed by the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee TOMORROW at 10:00 a.m. 

Please attend the hearing and give public comment to ensure that New Mexico’s laws prevent abusive and predatory financial practices.

New Mexico has one of the highest interest rate caps on installment loans in the country. Lenders across the state are taking advantage of triple-digit interest rates and draining hundreds of millions of dollars from hardworking New Mexicans each year. A family who borrows a storefront loan for just a few hundred dollars at the current rate cap of 175% APR will end up paying hundreds, even thousands of dollars in interest and fees.  

You might share a personal story with legislators about why no one should be allowed to charge triple-digit interest rates. You might also share why you support the bill. For example: “I urge the Representative to support House Bill 132 for an all-inclusive 36% cap on storefront loans. No one should have to choose between paying their rent and making payments on a triple-digit loan. New Mexicans deserve access to fair and responsible credit.”

HB 132 Summary

House Bill 132, sponsored by Representatives Herrera, Garratt, Anderson, Ely and Speaker Egolf would require an all-inclusive 36% APR cap on storefront loans and ensure that New Mexico’s laws prevent abusive and predatory financial practices. 

Public Comment Instructions

When: Tomorrow January 29 at 10:00 a.m. 
How: Click the link below to join the webinar.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87885692969

Or One tap mobile : US: +13462487799,,87885692969# or +16699009128,,87885692969#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1

646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 878 8569 2969

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/ksTm89qpc

What to Expect During the Hearing

The committee will be taking public comment. The chair of the committee will announce the bill and ask who supports HB 132. At that time, to provide a comment use the Zoom reaction button and raise your hand. The chair will call your name and unmute your zoom when it is your turn to speak.

Tips

  • Keep your remarks brief and to the point.
  • If you have a personal story about high interest loans, please share it.
  • Close the Legislature’s webcast page when you give your comment so there is not an echo during your remarks.
  • Make sure you are not muted when it is your turn to speak.
  • Do not rely on your phone or computer for notes. Write them down on a piece of paper or print them out in case your computer or phone freeze.
  • Close other tabs and windows in your browser to make sure your connection is good.
  • If your microphone or internet connection doesn’t work then be prepared to call in on your phone using the number at the same link above.

We need your help TOMORROW so New Mexicans with disabilities have access to federal disability benefits!

HM 18: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Legal Data is scheduled to be heard TOMORROW at 8:30 a.m. in the House Health and Human Services Committee. We need your help to get it passed.

Please join the virtual committee hearings tomorrow and provide public comment in support of the bill. A Zoom link will be available on the PDF calendar posted here.

Everyone should be able to meet basic needs, especially New Mexicans living with disabilities. House Memorial 18 would ensure the Legislature hears about a New Mexico Human Services Department pilot program that provides 150 New Mexicans with legal assistance to help them transition from the state-funded General Assistance (GA) to federally-funded disability, known as Supplemental Security Income or SSI. 

SSI more than triples a GA participant’s income from $245/month to $841/month, alleviating deep poverty while increasing housing stability and food security. The state can also recoup any GA benefits provided to an adult who is ultimately approved for SSI.

It can be very difficult to get federal disability benefits without legal assistance. This is why other states have invested up front in legal advocacy to help GA participants access federal disability. Other models have eliminated the need for state funding to support GA programs because the funding is self-sustaining. 

The HSD pilot is a first step in New Mexico to ensure more New Mexicans get the help they need. Help make this happen by supporting HM 18 so the Legislature hears important information from HSD and community stakeholders about the pilot. 

HM 18 Summary

HSD launched a pilot program to assist more adults living with disabilities win their SSI claims. This Memorial asks HSD to report to the Legislature on the pilot’s success.

HM 18 Asks

  1. Legislative Health & Human Services to hold interim committee hearings and take testimony from HSD and advocates for GA participants; and
  2. HSD to report key data and outcomes from the SSI advocacy pilot and the GA cash assistance program to LHHS.

Public Comment Instructions

When: 8:30 a.m., Friday, January 28, 2022
How: Click here or on the PDF calendar available here for a Zoom link..

What to Expect During the Hearing

The committee will be taking public comment. The chair of the committee will announce the bill and ask who supports HM 18. At that time, to provide a comment use the Zoom reaction button and raise your hand. The chair will call your name and unmute your zoom when it is your turn to speak.

Tips

  • Keep your remarks brief and to the point.
  • If you have a personal story about a family member, friend, or community member who had difficulty accessing SSI benefits, please share it.
  • Close the Legislature’s webcast page when you give your comment so there is not an echo during your remarks.
  • Make sure you are not muted when it is your turn to speak.
  • Do not rely on your phone or computer for notes. Write them down on a piece of paper or print them out in case your computer or phone freeze.
  • Close other tabs and windows in your browser to make sure your connection is good.
  • If your microphone or internet connection doesn’t work then be prepared to call in on your phone using the number at the same link above.