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Supplemental Budget Public Hearing Schedule Set

by Brenda Peluso

The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee will hold public hearings for LR 2528 entitled “An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, and to Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011” beginning on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. and ending on Thursday, January 14, 2010 in Room 228 of the State House.

On January 7th, matters pertaining to the Joint Standing Committees on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Marine Resources, Natural Resources, Labor, and Insurance and Financial Services will be addressed.

On January 8th, matters pertaining to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation, Business, Research & Economic Development, Legal and Veterans Affairs, Judiciary, Taxation, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and State and Local Government will be addressed.

All of January 11th, most of the 12th and 13th will be dedicated to public hearings on the budget proposals affecting programs overseen by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

The last day of testimony, January 14th, matters pertaining to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs will be addressed.

The detailed schedule can be accessed on the Office of Fiscal and Program Review’s website.   If you can’t attend in person, the public hearings can be heard over the Internet.

Public hearings offer an opportunity for individuals and organizations to speak directly to law makers about public policies that affect your ability to effectively and efficiently meet mission. Speaking at a public hearing may be considered lobbying, but don’t shy away.  Lobbying is perfectly legal and appropriate for nonprofits within easy to understand limits.

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