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BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT:  MASSACHUSETTS

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Massachusetts  adoptees need your help today!

Please contact all members of

the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health today

Bastard Nation has received notice from OBC for MA that on May 16, 2017 that clean Massachusetts S 1195 and H 1163 will be heard in the Joint Committee on Public Health These bills if passed would empty the current Black Hole in Massachusetts access law and create unrestricted  OBC access for all Massachusetts adoptees.  Currently only those adopted in Massachusetts on or before July 17, 1974 and on after January 1, 2018 have unrestricted access. Although similar bills received large bipartisan support last session, they never reached a floor vote and died when the session ended.

These are not Bastard Nation bills, and we have not been working with the OBC MA organization.  We did,  however, submit  testimony in support of the bills last session and will this session.  

Bills

S 1195

H 1163

Hearing Information

Date: May 16, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Location:  24 Beacon Hill, Boston MA, Hearing Room A2 (Directions)

Hearing Details here

We urge you to:

1) Write, e-mail or call members of the Joint Committee on Public Health and urge them to support these bills and report out favorably.  Share your personal and/or professional reasons for supporting access to original birth certificates.

2) Ask friends and family to contact Joint Committee members.  The more legislators hear from constituents, the greater our chance of success!

3) Contact your legislators and ask for their support in moving these bills forward.

If you are in Massachusetts, we urge you to testify in person before the Joint Committee, If you cannot attend submit written testimony to Budget and Legislative Director Shannon More at:

Shannon.Moore@masenate.gov

Testimony rules are here.

Oral testimony is limited to about 3 minutes.

 

Contacts:  

Joint Committee Members–House

General Contact:  24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA   617-722-1230

Kate Hogan, Chair    617-722-2130   Kate.Hogan@mahouse.gov

Evandro C. Carvelo, Vice Chair   617-722-2396   Evandro.Carvalho@mahouse.gov

Linda Dean Campbell   617-722-2380  Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov

Jonathan Hecht   617-722-2140   Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov

Paul Schmidt   617-722-2017   Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov

Mary S, Keefe   617-722-2210   Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov

Brendan P Crighton   617-722-2013   brendan.crighton@mahouse.gov

Jack Lewis   617-722-2460   Jack.Lewis@mahouse.gov

Chynah Tyler   617-722-2130   Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov

Hannah Kane   617-722-2430   Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov

James J Lyons, Jr   617-722-2460   James.Lyons@mahouse.gov

Joint Committee Members–Senate

General Contact:  24 Beacon Street, Room 511-B, Boston, MA   617-722-1206

Jason M Lewis Chair   617-722-1206   Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov

Jennifer L, Flanagan, Vice Chair   617-722-1230   Jennifer.Flanagan@masenate.gov

Julian Cyr   617-722-1570   julian.cyr@masenate.gov

Joan B Lovely   617-722-1410   Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov

Richard J Ross   617-722-1555   Richard.Ross@masenate.gov

Email String

House

Kate.Hogan@mahouse.gov, Evandro.Carvalho@mahouse.gov, Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov,  Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov,  brendan.crighton@mahouse.gov, Jack.Lewis@mahouse.gov, Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, James.Lyons@mahouse.gov

Senate

Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, Jennifer.Flanagan@masenate.gov, julian.cyr@masenate.gov, Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov,  Richard.Ross@masenate.gov

Facebook

Kate Hogan   https://www.facebook.com/kate.hogan.948

Linda Dean Campbell     https://www.facebook.com/Replindadeancampbell/

Jonathan Hecht   https://www.facebook.com/JonHechtMA/

Mary S. Keefe   https://www.facebook.com/mary.keefe.54

Jack Lewis   https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001863935435

Chynah Tyler   https://www.facebook.com/votechynah/

Hannah Kane   https://www.facebook.com/StateRepresentativeHannahKane/?ref=br_rs

Jason M. Lewis   https://www.facebook.com/SenJasonLewis/

Jennifer L. Flanagan   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flanagan-Jennifer-State-Senator/156015821105976

Joan B. Lovely   https://www.facebook.com/SenatorLovely

Richard J Ross   https://www.facebook.com/SenRichardJRoss

Twitter

@chynah_tyler, @HannahEKaneMA Please DO PASS S1195/H1163. #equal rights for all MA adoptees

 

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