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Please send a NICE email to your Senator asking him/her to support HB2376. It passed the House last week (56-3) and will be in committee in the Senate Monday 3/20. Info on how to find out what district your in and email addresses/ phone #'s are below.<br><br>
Help us make it unanimous in the Senate!!!<br>
Dear Breastfeeding Supporter,<br><br>
HB2376, the breastfeeding bill, is making its way through the legislative process in Arizona with overwhelming support! However, we need to keep the pressure on the legislators all the way up until Governor Napolitano signs the bill. As I am sure you have heard by now, the bill passed the House with a 56-3 vote. It is now on the agenda to be heard in the Judiciary Committee in the Senate. I have outlined the steps we need everyone to take ASAP! Please pass this e-mail on to those whom you feel are interested in this effort and thank you for your support.<br><br>
If you have further questions please e-mail me directly at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>. Thank you for your prompt attention to this e-mail.<br><br>
Amy Milliron<br><br><br>
1) Find out who your senator is and which district you live in by entering your zip code here <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br><br>
2) Once you know who your senator is please look up their e-mail address and biography by checking here <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br><br>
3) Look over the following list of senators. If you are a constituent of one of the senators below, please send an e-mail ASAP, and if possible, call your senator kindly asking for their support and a yes vote during the upcoming Judiciary Committee Hearing as well as their support as this bill moves its way to the floor for a vote. Most of the committee members are already supportive of our bill, so please be sure the e-mails are kind and educational in nature. Thank them profusely for their support of children in Arizona. (Please read the bottom of this e-mail for hints and suggestions when writing or talking with legislators.)<br><br>
Senate Judiciary Committee Members<br><br>
Senator Linda Aguirre - Democrat - District 16 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
Senator Jack Harper - Republican - District 4 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
Senator Bill Brotherton - Democrat - District 14 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
Senator Ron Gould - Republican - District 3 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
Senator Richard Miranda - Democrat - District 13 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
Senator Dean Martin (Vice-Chairman) - Republican - District 6 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
Senator John Huppenthal (Chairman) - Republican - District 20 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
Senator Chuck Gray - Republican- District 19 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
4) If your senator is not listed below, please e-mail your senator anyway and ask for their support as this bill moves its way to the floor for a vote.<br><br>
5) Mark your calendars to attend the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing. You will not need to speak, but we really need to fill the seats with breastfeeding supporters. Due to the professional business environment of the hearing, please remember that it is not appropriate for children to attend. Make sure to voice your stance on this bill by signing into the Request to Speak Form now <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Please do this now even if you plan to attend the hearing. If you are unable to attend the hearing, please complete this step now as well. There are over 200 breastfeeding supporters logged into the system and there were over 80 names read in the House. Our goal is to get over 200 names read in the Senate! For those unable to attend the hearing in person, there is the opportunity for you to view the hearing live from your own computer. Go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, then click on the link to Senate. Then click on Live Proceedings, and choose Senate Hearing Room 1.<br><br>
(If you have not already registered for a user name and password at the kiosks at the capitol, please e-mail Amy Milliron at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> right away and she will help you get registered ASAP.)<br><br>
Location of hearing:<br>
Arizona State Capitol<br>
House of Representatives Building<br>
Senate Hearing Room 1<br>
1700 W. Washington<br>
Phoenix, AZ 85007<br><br>
Date of hearing:<br>
Monday, March 20, 2006<br><br>
Time of hearing:<br>
2:30 P.M.<br><br><br>
Hints and Suggestions<br><br>
My name is …………… I am your constituent. It has been brought to my attention that House Bill 2376 regarding breastfeeding protection will be heard the in Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Monday, March 20, 2006. I would like to share some information with you prior to you voting on this bill.<br><br><br>
Please vote in favor of House Bill 2376. This bill will give the necessary protection to breastfed children and their mothers by allowing mothers the ability to nurse their children in any public place they are otherwise allowed to be and by providing an exemption in the indecent exposure statute for breastfeeding mothers.<br><br><br>
Mothers are frequently asked to stop nursing their children in a place of public accommodation, retreat to unsanitary locations like restrooms, and are even told to leave locations altogether for the simple act of feeding their children.<br><br><br>
Nearly 40 other states provide breastfeeding protection, including all of Arizona’s neighboring states. Please do your part to make Arizona the next state to see this as a family values issue and pass the bill during this legislative session.<br><br><br>
The American Academy of Pediatrics identifies breastfeeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants and recognizes breastfeeding as primary in achieving optimal infant and child health, growth, and development. <a href=";115/2/496" target="_blank">;115/2/496</a><br>
"Restrictions on breastfeeding in public locations is one of the most frequent reasons that mothers give as to why they choose not to breastfeed their children. It is most unfortunate that this is the case, since breastfeeding protects infants and children against a large number of acute infectious diseases, chronic disorders including cancers, and generally promotes optimal growth and development. " Lawrence M. Gartner, M.D. Chair, Section on Breastfeeding of the American Academy of Pediatrics.<br>
To help support and meet the breastfeeding initiation and duration goals of Healthy Arizona 2010, Strategy 4.1 of the Maternal and Infant Health section is "Increase public awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding." <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br>
To support the Arizona Nutrition & Physical Activity State Plan 2005, Strategy B under Objective #1 is "Increase social awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding to make it more socially acceptable and remove constraints that prevent exclusive use of breast milk." <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br>
Goal III of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, under the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, is "Ensure that all Federal, State, and Local laws relating to child welfare and family law recognize and support the importance and practice of breastfeeding." <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br>
Mothers who breastfeed their children have chosen to do so based on many factors, including the recommendations listed above and those provided by their doctors. In order to function in society, it is necessary for a mother to be able to nurse her child in public just as any other child is afforded that opportunity.<br><br><br>
Amy Milliron was nursing her infant at a public pool in Chandler in June of 2005. Since that time, she and a large group of mothers have convinced the cities of Chandler and Tempe to provide breastfeeding protection. Now, the same mothers are asking the state to provide this protection so that mothers will no longer be harassed while trying to provide the best possible nutrition for their children. The Arizona House of Representatives passed this bill with a vote of 56 -3. We are proud of the legislators who voted in favor of Arizona's families.<br><br><br>
As your constituent I would like to tell you how much I appreciate the time and attention you are giving to this bill. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this bill in further detail.
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