1. High Visibility Testimony: Proponents of legislation
often try to get highly visible individuals to testify, drawing
the attention of both their colleagues and the public.
[Video: Hollywood and sports stars]
2. Adding a Human Face: Social problems and legislative
solutions often seem very abstract. Proponents try to build support
by giving a human face to an abstract problem. Allowing "victims"
of existing policy to testify creates impetus for legislative
action. (see examples in Unit
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3. Stacking the Hearing: The committee chair and majority
staff have considerable power in choosing who will be allowed
to testify at the public hearing.
[Video: Hearing panel]