Update on HB 6599 An Act Concerning Discrimination

I posted last night on the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled vote on SB 6599 An Act Concerning Discrimination and at the time did not have information as to the result.  I have since learned that the committee ran out of time and did not conduct a vote.  The following is an e-mail from Love Makes A Family PAC that I am reprinting in its entirety for your information.

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TAKE ACTION: We will not support a bill that allows anyone to be discriminated against.

Thank you for all you’ve done already for equality in fairness and our state. There is more work to do. Let’s do it together!

Dear Friend,

Though the Judiciary Committee’s meeting ran out of time before HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination was called for a vote, we learned two important things today.

* The bill is likely to be voted on next week.

* Amendments will be offered which would allow a teacher who is transitioning to be transferred to another school or district against their will.

We must take this opportunity to remind Judiciary Committee members to vote in favor of our bill as written. We will not support a bill that allows anyone to be discriminated against.

How you can take action

Even if you’ve already made contact, please take this opportunity to follow up with Judiciary Committee members again, asking them to vote against any amendments, particularly those that allow teachers to be discriminated against.

Please follow these steps to find our if your legislators are on the Judiciary Committee and make contact with them. If your legislators are not Judiciary Committee members, you can still make contact with a call or e-mail of support for HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination.

1. Find out who your legislators are by visiting Project Vote Smart and entering your full address with zip code in the search bar. Your state representative and state senator will be listed under the header “Current Officials” and the subheader “State Legislative.”

2. Go to this page to see if your state representative or state senator are on the Judiciary Committee.

3. If one or both of your legislators are on the Judiciary Committee, please call them at home and at their offices in Hartford. The 2011 Legislative Guide lists legislators’ home phone numbers on pages 8 – 113. If a legislator’s number is not listed, please call their offices and leave messages with their aides at the following numbers:

* House Democrats 1-800-842-8267
* House Republicans 1-800-842-8270
* Senate Democrats 1-800-842-1420
* Senate Republicans 1-800-842-1421

4. When you call, simply introduce yourself to the legislator (or aide), stating that you are a constituent calling to ask that they support HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination by voting on it as written when it comes up for a vote. Be sure to say what town you live in and make these 3 requests:

1. To please be present at the Judiciary Committee meeting when HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination comes up for a vote

2. To vote in support of HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination as written and

3. Please do not support any amendments that allow discrimination

Here is a sample script, which you can adapt if you’re leaving a voicemail or a message with an aide:

Hi, Representative or Senator Jones, my name is Terry Smith. I am your constituent. I live in Wallingford over on Elm Street. I am calling to urge you to vote in favor of HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination, as written. Please do not support any amendments that allow teachers to be discriminated against. This bill is about fairness and equality for all of our state’s residents. Will you attend the committee meeting this Wednesday and vote for HB 6599 as written?

If you are leaving a message, leave your phone number in case the legislator wishes to call back.

4. Important: Once you’ve called your legislators, get back in touch with ctEQUALITY and tell us how your conversations went. We need to know how our legislators are responding! To report back, just e-mail stamarkin@cwealf.org.

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family and urge them to follow the steps above and contact their representative and senator if they are members of the Judiciary Committee. Also, visit our Facebook page and write on our wall that you took action for HB 6599: An Act Concerning Discrimination!

If you have any questions or concerns, or need assistance with any of the above, please e-mail me at stamarkin@cwealf.org or call (860) 247-6090 ext. 105. To learn more, visit our website at www.ctequality.com.

Thank you,
Sally Tamarkin
Coordinator and Lead Organizer

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Disclaimer:  The information, comments and links posted on the blog do not constitute legal advice.   I will not respond to any specific legal questions in the comments section of this blog. Read my entire disclaimer.

copyright 2011 Irene C. Olszewski

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