The primary purpose of public hearings is to help committee members determine the worth of bills.
- The public has a chance to testify for or against a bill or bills. Since committees group their bills by subject matter, public hearings are usually scheduled so that similar bills are heard at one time.
- At a public hearing, the first hour is usually reserved for the testimony of legislators on other committees, representatives from city or state agencies, and other official speakers. Then lobbyists and any member of the public have their chance to speak.
- The committee members want to know practical information about the bill. They usually ask about how much money the new legislation would cost and where this money would come from. Also, to see how well the bill might work in Connecticut, committee members might also ask if similar bills have been enacted in other states.