Texas Forensic Science Commission

Justice Through Science

Public Testimony Form

You may submit your request online by using the form below, or you may download the Public Testimony Form in PDF format and submit your request via email, fax or postal mail.

During the public comment period, any member of the public, subject to the restrictions of this policy, may address the Commission regarding any matter related to the business of the Commission. Persons who attend or participate in the Commission meeting are expected to act in a manner that is respectful of the conduct of public business and conducive to orderly and polite public discourse. Public comment will typically occur at the end of the FSC meeting. 

Members of the public shall complete this public participation form before the FSC meeting and deliver the form to the FSC coordinator. Each speaker generally shall be provided three minutes to present public comment. The Commission reserves the right to expand or reduce the time allotted to each speaker and/or to set an overall time limit for the public comment period, dependent upon the particular circumstances and requirements of each meeting. 

Pursuant to Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, relating to open meetings, the Commission may respond to an inquiry regarding a subject not listed on the agenda only with: 

  1. a statement of specific factual information in response to the inquiry; or
  2. a recitation of existing policy in response to the inquiry.

 Any deliberation or of decision about a subject not listed on the agenda must be limited to a proposal to place the subject on the agenda for a subsequent meeting. 

Members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments to the FSC at any time. 

During the public comment period, any member of the public, subject to the restrictions of this policy, may address the Commission regarding any matter related to the business of the Commission. 

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