With your insight, the Assembly discovers ways to improve the community we all call home. If you have ideas for improvements or wish to testify on a specific issue, we want to hear from you. Here’s how:
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.
Worksessions and Committees
The Assembly also conducts its business through Committee Meetings and Worksessions. Worksessions are a chance for the full Assembly to take a deep-dive on a specific topic with subject matter experts from the municipal administration or community. Committees comprised of Assembly Members meet on a variety of topics such as Public Safety, Community and Economic Development, and Budget and Finance. Committees listen to community experts, develop ideas for legislation, and make reccommendations to the Assembly and the Municipal Administration. Work sessions and committee meetings are open to the public.
In order to be listed on the agenda under Appearance Requests, the requestor must complete and file an Appearance Request Form with the Municipal Clerk's Office. Your request will need to be submitted 1-2 weeks before the meeting at which you wish to appear. Appearances will be scheduled no later than 14 days after acceptance.
Appearance requests must be signed and specify the topic you wish to address. A statement reading "I wish to address the Assembly on this date on the following topic" is sufficient. Completed forms must be sent to the Municipal Clerk as follows:
- By email to email@example.com;
- By hand delivery to City Hall, 650 W. 6th Avenue, Suite 250;
- By mail to PO Box 196650, Anchorage, AK 99519-6650;
- By fax to 343-4313.
Please keep in mind that the Municipal Clerk may not accept requests which include items that have other specific administrative channels of resolution not under the responsibility or authority of the Assembly or Municipal Administration. Items that are scheduled for public hearing; involved in current labor negotiations; or related to your involvement with pending litigation will not be accepted. (AMC 2.30.040C)
Provide Testimony at a Regular Meeting
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. For auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate in an Assembly meeting, please contact the Municipal Clerk's Office 48 hours before the meeting to request a reasonable accommodation at 907-343-4311 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony. Arrive at the Assembly Chambers at Loussac Library (3600 Denali Street) before the item you wish to testify on is brought up. When an item for public testimony or Audience Participation is brought up on the agenda, the Chair will invite the public to speak on a first come basis.
Written testimony: Click here to provide written testimony.
Comments submitted through this form (versus emails to individual Assembly Members or to the general email@example.com) are incorporated into the formal record via an Assembly Informational Memorandum (AIM), so we encourage you to use the written testimony form to have your comments included on the public record.
Phone testimony: Click here to sign-up to testify by phone.
The deadline to sign up to provide testimony over the phone during an Assembly meeting is 5 p.m. the day before the meeting. Please do not sign up to provide phone testimony if you plan to attend in person. If you signed up before the 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. Note: In the case that a Regular Meeting carries over to multiple days, the original deadline to sign up for phone testimony stands and further submissions will not be accepted.
Tips for Effective Testimony
To make your in-person testimony more effective, please be consider the following:
- Sit in the front of the auditorium near the public podium, and when the Chair opens the public hearing on your item on the agenda, approach the podium to speak.
- Introduce yourself, spell your last name for the record and include the part of town you live in.
- Assembly members may ask questions after your testimony. Answer the questions to the best of your ability and don't be afraid to say "I don't know."
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.
To make your written testimony more effective, please be consider the following:
- Write the topic of your testimony in the subject line or at the top of the testimony form and state your position on it in the first line.
- If you are referring to a specific Assembly Resolution (AR), write the number of the resolution in the subject line or at the top of the email.
For all testimony, please consider the following:
- Keep your testimony succinct so that Members can quickly and easily understand the information you wish to share.
- Provide how the issue will personally impact you and/or any new points you think the Assembly have not considered yet.