The Sunset Advisory Commission has just released the agenda for the July 15, 2008 meeting, which includes a public hearing on the Texas Department of Transportation. You can view the agenda at:
At the bottom of the agenda is advice if you wish to speak at the hearing. You will have to fill out a speaker's form. This is standard for the public hearing portion of all such committee/commission meetings. If you prepare written testimony be sure to provide additional copies. Having written testimony is a great idea. If the meeting runs very long and you have to leave before it is over, you can simply leave your written comments.
You may also want to consider making a few extra copies for any reporters or staff members who may ask for a copy of your comments.
As with all the hearings, you will probably only have 2 -3 mintues to speak. The commission is interested in your concerns about TxDOT in general. The commission Staff Report is available on our website, and the CorridorWatch response is available, too. Reading through those may help you prepare your remarks, and make the most out of your short time.
If the hearing room is full, there will be overflow rooms with closed circuit tv, so that you can watch the hearing. You will be able to hear your name called for speaking from the overflow room, and then make your way to the main hearing room.
Your attendance is important. If you choose not to speak, your presence will have an impact.
David and I will be there, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!!