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South Carolina adoptees need your help today

Please contact all members of the South Carolina Senate Committee on Medical, Public,

and Municipal Affairs today!

DO PASS SB 3775

The South Carolina Senate Committee on Medical, Public, and Municipal Affairs has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday April 18 2017 on SB 3775.

The full language of the bill can be found here

The bill:

  • restores the right of Original Birth Certificate access and evidence of adoption or paternity determination to persons born in South Carolina  21 and over without restriction
  • contains a genuine voluntary Contact Preference form similar to those found in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island.
  • takes effect on January 1, 2018 for adoptions finalized after June 30, 2017 and January 1, 2019 for adoptions finalized before July 1, 2017.

SH 3775 was introduced on February 16, 2017 and has received virtually no publicity. Please contact members of the Senate Committee on Medical, Public, and Municipal Affairs today. to express your support SH 3775 in its current unrestricted form. Ask members to vote DO PASS out of committee in that form.

If you were born and/or adopted in South Carolina, currently live there, or have connections to the state, please include that information with your request.

Bastard Nation is submitting written testimony and will post it after the hearing.

Please note that a blocker bill has also been introduced. SB 3898, contains numerous unacceptable conditions.  We ask that you be aware of this bill, which recently passed the Senate, but that you do not discuss it in your contact on SH 3775. It is imperative to focus on the clean bill.

Hearing schedule:  April 18, 2017, 2:30 PM, 425 Blatt Building, 1105 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC  29201

CONTACTS:  South Carolina House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee

Those with asterisks (*) next to their names ONLY have phone contact info.  Please call them.

Leon Howard, Chairman

Business Phone (803) 734-3046

Email: LH@schouse.org

 

Anne Parks, 1st V.C.

Business Phone (803) 734-3069

Email: JAP@schouse.org

 

Jonathon D. Hill, 2nd V.C.

Business Phone (803) 212-6919

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votehill/

 

Wendell G. Gilliard, 3rd V.C.

Business Phone (803) 212-6793

Email: WendellGilliard@schouse.org

 

*MaryGail K. Douglas, Secy.

Business Phone (803) 212-6789

 

Katherine E. “Katie” Arrington

Business Phone (803) 212-6871

Twitter: @khomrich

FB: https://www.facebook.com/KatieforSCHouse/

No email

 

Bart T. Blackwell

Business Phone (803) 212-6884

Twitter: @bartblackwellsc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bartblackwellsc/

 

Christopher R. “Chris” Hart

Business Phone (803) 734-3061

Email: HartC@schouse.org

 

Steven Wayne Long

Business Phone (803) 212-6878

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StevenLongSC/

Twitter: @StevenLongSC

Email:  stevenlongsc@gmail.com

 

Josiah Magnuson

Business Phone (803) 212-6876

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magnusonsc/

Twitter: @magnusonsc

Email:j@magnusonsc.com

 

Cezar E. McKnight

Business Phone (803) 212-6926

Twitter: @cezarmcknight

Email: cezar@cezarmcknight.com

 

Brandon Michael Newton

Business Phone (803) 212-6874

Email: brandon@newtonforhouse.com

 

Robert L. Ridgeway, III

Business Phone (803) 212-6929

Email: RobertRidgeway@schouse.gov

 

*Michael F. Rivers, Sr.

Business Phone (803) 212-6952

 

Leola C. Robinson-Simpson

Business Phone (803) 212-6941

Twitter: @leolarobinsonsimpsondist25

 

Ivory Torrey Thigpen

Business Phone (803) 212-6794

Twitter: @thigpen79

Email: ivorythigpen79@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thigpen79/

 

William W. “Will” Wheeler, III

Business Phone (803) 212-6958

Email: will@wheelerforhouse.com

 

Richard L. “Richie” Yow

Business Phone (803) 212-6949

Twitter: @VoteRichieYow

Email: yowforhouse@gmail.com

Email string:

LH@schouse.org, JAP@schouse.org, WendellGilliard@schouse.org, HartC@schouse.org, stevenlongsc@gmail.com, j@magnusonsc.com, cezar@cezarmcknight.com, brandon@newtonforhouse.com, RobertRidgeway@schouse.gov, ivorythigpen79@gmail.com, will@wheelerforhouse.com,

yowforhouse@gmail.com

 

Tweets:

@khomrich, @bartblackwellsc, @StevenLongSC, @magnusonsc Please vote DO PASS on SB 3775 #AdopteeRights

@cezarmcknight, @leolarobinsonsimpsondist25, @thigpen79, @VoteRichieYow Please vote DO PASS on SB 3775 #AdopteeRights

Sample email and FB posts:  PLEASE BE POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL!

Dear Honorable Committee Member,

Please vote DO PASS on SB 3775.

The bill:

  •  restores the right of Original Birth Certificate access and evidence of adoption or paternity determination to persons born in South Carolina  21 and over without restriction.
  • contains a genuine voluntary Contact Preference form similar to those found in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island
  • takes effect on January 1, 2018 for adoptions finalized after June 30, 2017 and January 1, 2019 for adoptions finalized before July 1, 2017.

Please join Rhode Island, Maine, Alabama, Oregon, New Hampshire, Colorado and Hawaii in restoring equal civil rights for adult citizens who were adopted as children.  Kansas and Alaska have always had equality for ALL citizens.

Thank you,

 

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  1. Mary Ellen Gambutti says:

    Yes, We can do this, fellow SC adoptees

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