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Mamas, the clock is running out on H1782 - please don't let this bill die yet again!!

The bill is currently languishing in the steering committee, waiting to be scheduled for an appearance on the floor and a vote.

We only have until July 31st, so your phone calls are desperately needed.

Find your state reps by visting http://www.mass.gov - on the lower left hand side, you'll see a drop-down menu for Local Governement. Choose your community, then click on he link for State Legislators.

Call their offices. Tell them you are a constituent, that H1782 deserves and needs their support, and that you want this bill passed NOW.

Please, mamas, don't let this bill die - we got it this far, let's see this fight through!!!

Please feel free to share this message anywhere you deem appropriate.
 

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bumping....

8/31 is MONDAY!!!!
 

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Done! Thanks for posting this.

Do you have a copy of the whatever it is called that describes what is up for decision? I would love to post this on my doula list.

Thanks!
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A related brief update...
One person that got back to me after the nurse in was my senator's representative.

The current senate bill number is 2369 (although 75 was also introduced, it seems that 75 has been 'shelved' while 2369 is possibly more 'active').

http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/st02/st02369.htm

Gotta run 5 minutes ago!

Jessica
 

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This is where the bill sits right now... If you are from one of the steering cmte's districts, sharing your concerns may have double impact.... please call!

Members appointed to the committee:
Donato of Medford
Spiliotis of Peabody
Parente of Milford
Casey of Winchester
Fennell of Lynn
_______ of ________
Walsh of Boston
Wallace of Boston
Welch of Springfield
Hill of Ipswich
Coppola of Foxborough

HOUSE STEERING, POLICY AND SCHEDULING
Room 185
State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: (617) 722-2960

It shall be the duty of the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling to assist the Speaker and the members of the House of Representatives in identifying the major matters pending before the General Court, the relative urgency and priority for consideration of such matters and alternative methods of responding to such matters by the General Court.Said committee shall schedule legislative matters in a manner that will provide for an even distribution and orderly consideration of reports of legislative committees on the daily Calendar.
 

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It occured to me that a great thing to do is call and say, World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, wouldn't it be fabulous for MA to get this bill passed n recognition and celebration?
 

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I thought this sounded a little weird...

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Section 218. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, provided that the nipple of the mother's breast is covered during the breastfeeding.
Doesn't that sound odd to you? Why did they put in the part about nipples showing? Obviously the nipple wouldn't be showing if the baby is nursing. The areola might if the woman has particulary large ones (ahem). I wonder if they are grouping those two terms together, and if that's the case, what about those of us who can't help showing a bit of areola?
 

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Doesn't that sound odd to you? Why did they put in the part about nipples showing? Obviously the nipple wouldn't be showing if the baby is nursing. The areola might if the woman has particulary large ones (ahem). I wonder if they are grouping those two terms together, and if that's the case, what about those of us who can't help showing a bit of areola?
well, that's why I have no interest in rallying support for the senate bill.
 

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Bumping.... today is the 31st!!!!!
 

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So... I've been thinking...

I don't know about anyone else, but I am going to be absolutely livid if this bill dies yet again.

And I don't know about anyone else, but I am prepared to go all out and get this bill re-introduced and PASSED in the next session.

Would any of you be interested in such an effort? Like our own informal mini lobbying group?
 

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Would any of you be interested in such an effort? Like our own informal mini lobbying group?
Sure! Why not? I hope it passes but if not, I'm in!
 

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Gosh, yes. I'm so frustrated, and I'm not feeling very positive.

Heck, if we make a big fuss when they aren't so busy then maybe they will do something to just shut us up.

That's sometimes how it feels like it works, unless you have lots of $$$$$

Jessica
 

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Well, we've just got to keep pounding away.

How about setting up an email list specifically for this issue? That way folks who are interested can network, toss around ideas, etc...

Massachusetts Citizens for Breastfeeding Rights?
 

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BTW, just to give you all a sliver of hope... a friend heard back from her senator, who said, "While formal sessions end on July 31, legislation that is deemed "non-controversial" can advance in informal session untils the end of the year. While I am not sure if there is any opposion to this bill, perhaps it is possible that this bill will not "die" at the end of July."

So we can't give up.
 

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Originally Posted by rupiezum
BTW, just to give you all a sliver of hope... a friend heard back from her senator, who said, "While formal sessions end on July 31, legislation that is deemed "non-controversial" can advance in informal session untils the end of the year. While I am not sure if there is any opposion to this bill, perhaps it is possible that this bill will not "die" at the end of July."

So we can't give up.
I honestly can't imagine any opposition to this bill. Even people who think it's "gross" and that women should "just go to the bathroom" would look like complete troglodytes publicly opposing this bill.

Can you imagine the press that a formula company would get by opposing the bill?

And I think Romney's in enough trouble with the public over his latest PR snafu to make this an issue.
 

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However, the recent Babytalk cover shows that NIP is contraversial... maybe we can just hope that missed the radar of the legislators.

It is certainly worth a try.

And maybe someone snuck a vote in on this late last night-- wouldn't that be neat.

Jessica
 
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