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Columbus, OH 43215
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How to Testify Before Council, Revised 7/2021

Options for Testifying at City Council Meetings or Providing Written Testimony

Revised July 2021

SPEAKING DURING REGULAR 5:00 PM COUNCIL MEETING:

Interested parties seeking to testify during the regular City Council meeting have the following options:

  • In accordance with public meeting access provisions, residents may attend the meeting in person at City Hall.
  • All parties wishing to speak during Council meeting in person or via WebEx must submit a speaker slip electronically no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting via the Council website at: www.columbus.gov/council/information/online-Speaker-Slip/.  For the time being, protocols of the social distancing guidelines will continue to be enforced within Council Chambers prohibiting overcrowding, and thus the capacity in Chambers will be correspondingly reduced. Speakers may be asked to present testimony from the Council conference room.
  • If speaking via WebEx, the Clerk will forward the WebEx meeting information via email allowing those parties to attend the meeting electronically.  Those planning to testify at a regular Council meeting must join the WebEx meeting no later than 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting.
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SWORN TESTIMONY AT THE 6:30 PM ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING OF CITY COUNCIL

Any party that is presenting testimony to Columbus City Council on a Council Variance is required to be sworn in prior to giving testimony. In order to accommodate this, parties will be required to attend the meeting in person or no later than 6:30 p.m.

All parties planning to present testimony on a Zoning Committee ordinance must submit a speaker slip electronically on the day of the meeting via the Council website at: www.columbus.gov/council/information/online-Speaker-Slip/ no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting.

 

SUBMITTING WRITTEN TESTIMONY IN LIEU OF SPEAKING AT A MEETING:

Any residents seeking to submit written testimony in favor of or in opposition to an ordinance are to submit their testimony in writing to the City Clerk no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Testimony should be emailed to [email protected]. with a subject line of “Written testimony re: Ordinance  # --- -2021 ”  (Attachments are not to be included)

Written Testimony can also be mailed in advance to Columbus City Council, Attn:  City Clerk Speaker testimony, 90 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215.  Please include contact information (email preferably) and the ordinance/resolution number that you wish to address and for which Council meeting.

 

OTHER WAYS TO CONTACT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:

In lieu of submitting written testimony or speaking at/for the Council meeting, interested parties are also encouraged to reach out to Councilmember offices by phone in advance of council meetings to share concerns or support.  Contact information for individual Councilmember offices can be found at columbus.gov/council/Contact-City-Council/.

**Please note the Rules for Speaking before City Council posted on the speaker slip.