Vermont has definitely passed an Oregon bill - but worse - and the governor will sign today. It took the death lobby eight years, countless treasure and incredible arm-twisting. Remember: Maine and Connecticut stopped bills in committee in the last few weeks and, of course, MASSACHUSETTS overcame a 50-point deficit to defeat at polls.
Hearings today were supposed to go from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. At 1:00 pm, the Committee actually moved to Gardner Auditorium. By that point, Linda Thayer and Marie O'Donnell had been called. Everyone else testified in favor of HB 450, "An act relative to healthy youth," which is about sex ed. According to the people testifying, HB-450 would solve all problems in society. Here are some provisions:
The problem, among others, is that this is "Opt out." As Representative Betty Poirier testified, it is necessary that these programs be "Opt in," so that parents can exercise their rights and responsibilities. HB-433, HB-466, require that parents "opt in" their children to these kinds of classes.
Please write a little testimony in favor of HB-433, HB-466 and opposed to HB-450 Send it to the Chairs: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, 617-722-1673 Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov and Representative Alice Peisch 617-722-2070 Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov. Be sure to include your name and address and request that your testimony be shared with entire committee.
At the hearings, I met a number of wonderful pro-life people I hadn't known. You are the best!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Live From the State House and Vermont Finale
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