Phone Testimony Sign up Deadline
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to sign up to provide testimony over the phone during an Assembly meeting is 5 p.m. the day before the meeting. There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony – the Chair will invite the public to speak on a first come basis. Scroll down this page for more information on how to provide testimony to the Assembly over the phone, in writing, or in-person.
Accessing and Participating in Meetings
Assembly Worksessions Page: Upcoming Worksessions, Worksession Materials, Listening to Worksessions
Please see below for instructions on how to provide testimony and general comments by email, over the phone, or in person at the Chambers.
How to Watch Regular Assembly Meetings
Assembly meetings are streamed and televised. To find meeting agendas or streaming of regular Assembly meetings at the Chambers, please go to http://www.muni.org/watchnow. Please be advised that some items (laid on the table items or floor amendments), may not be on that evening's agenda, but will be projected on the live streaming or Channel 9 during the meetings.
How to Provide Testimony at Assembly Meetings During COVID-19 Phases (Hunker Down, Easing Up and Maintenance, Safe Anchorage)
The Assembly receives
public comments during Audience Participation, as well as public testimony on
all open public hearings items. Initial Audience Participation (Agenda Section
9) ends at 6 p.m. Final Audience Participation (Agenda Section 16) lasts,
as time allows, until adjournment.
There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony – the Chair will invite the public to speak on a first come basis. Please do not sign up to provide phone testimony if you plan to attend in person.
Resolution No. AR 2020-296, Amended and Approved on August 11, 2020, is a resolution of the Anchorage Assembly requiring the Assembly Chambers to accommodate individuals wishing to testify on public hearing items or in audience participation at Assembly Meetings.
If you wish to provide written testimony:
The Assembly encourages anyone wishing to provide written Public Testimony to email written comments to Testimony@anchorageak.gov.
- In the Subject Line: The agenda item you are providing testimony for(Example: 13.A. Ordinance No. AO 2020-15)
These comments will become part of the Assembly record.
If you wish to provide testimony on the phone:
Anyone wishing to provide testimony over the phone during a meeting should email Testimony@anchorageak.gov by 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting and include:
- Your Name
- Phone Number
- Agenda Item Number/Title for which you wish to provide testimony
- In the Subject Line: Phone Testimony
- Assembly meetings sometimes run until midnight. If you do not want to be called after a certain time in the evening, please let us know in your sign up email.
If you signed up for phone testimony before the 5:00 p.m. deadline, you are on our call list. When the Assembly reaches your agenda item, the Clerk will phone you at the number you have provided. You will have 3 minutes to provide testimony on each item you wish to speak on.
These comments will become part of the meeting record.
To make your telephonic testimony more effective, please be consider the following:
- The Anchorage Assembly will call you between 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight from the following number: (907) 343-4066.
- Mute your television or the live stream if you are following along. If not, there is a delay and it will echo and will complicate your testimony.
- Do not have your phone on speaker. Speaker phones introduce a myriad of extraneous noise into your testimony.
- Make sure there is limited ambient noise from your location and make sure you are in a location that has good cell service, if you are on a cell.
- If you have a headset, please use it. Headsets will give a more consistent signal and reduce room noise.
If you wish to provide in-person testimony:
As the Chambers fall under “political expression" under Emergency Order EO-14 v3, capacity in the Assembly Chambers is required to remain at less than 50 percent, so no more than 60 members of the public can enter at one time. The Assembly is excited to welcome its neighbors back into the Chambers, with a focus on keeping the community safe. These simple steps can ensure, together, that we keep Assembly members, the administration, and the public safe and healthy in meetings:
- Comply with six feet of physical distancing requirements between non-household members
- Wear face coverings at all times within the Assembly Chambers except while speaking, drinking, or eating, or pursuant to an applicable exemption under law
- Complete a “contact tracing" log with first name, last name, and telephone number. The log will be kept confidential unless access is requested by a public health official requiring the information as it relates to an outbreak or spike in COVID-19 cases at or related to this location.
- Allow a forehead temperature check that will be recorded in the “contact tracing" log.
Assembly Priorities and Vision
As the legislative branch of the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Assembly is charged with setting policy for the Municipality.
On December 17, 2019 the Assembly passed AR 2019-436, As Amended, a resolution of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly establishing and adopting the Anchorage Assembly's Vision and Goals for 2019-2021.
The Assembly is pleased to present the 2019-2021 Municipality of Anchorage Assembly Priorities. As always, the Assembly appreciates any feedback you may have. You can find personal Assembly member contacts at Your Assembly Members or you can email all Assembly members at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019-2021 Assembly Priorities and Vision Working Document