Today, the Idaho Freedom Foundation released Testifi, a first-of-its-kind mobile device app, to the public.
Testifi, available for Apple and Android phones and tablets, allows users to send text, audio and video messages to state lawmakers and Idaho’s seven constitutional officers. The app is free for download.
“The Freedom Foundation built this app for Idahoans who can’t travel from their hometowns or take time off work to testify in the Capitol but still want a say in state government policy decisions,” said IFF Communication Director Dustin Hurst.
“Often, lawmakers will schedule critical bill hearings with just hours’ notice to the public,” he added. “In those cases, it’s nearly impossible for constituents to weigh in on policy that affects their lives. Testifi will help remedy that problem.”
Testifi offers several features that make the app easy to use. First, the app uses a device’s geo-location functionality to identify a user’s local legislator.
Users then have the option to send text-type messages, 60-second audio clips or 30-second videos clips straight to a chosen lawmaker’s official email account.
Testifi provides each legislator’s Idaho Freedom Index score, the state’s leading public policy scorecard, next to her individual profile. That score will update each morning during legislative sessions.
Further, Testifi users will receive Idaho Freedom Foundation policy articles and videos, along with IdahoReporter.com journalism.
Boise tech developer Port OneFive created the mobile app for IFF.