• 07May
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    Dear Friends,

    A historic moment is upon us. House Bill 333 will be heard in the House Health Committee within the next week and in time to pass the North Carolina House of Representatives in time to meet the cross-over deadline of May 14th.

    Your mission is to:

    Send an e-mail to every member of the House Health Committee urging their support of HB333, and Call their offices reinforcing the e-mail.

    Please continue to read for additional important information.

    A little history…after last year’s House Select Committee on Licensing Midwives concluded, a report was issued containing recommended bill language. That bill language automatically gets filed (this is standard process) and the Chairs of a study committee are automatically established as primary sponsors of the recommended (in our case with HB333 , Dr. England and Rep. McLawhorn) bill. Since December when the report was issued, we recognized some amendments are needed to make HB333 really work for us; however, there are several opportunities to make our changes as the legislative process unfolds.

    Initially, we were informed that HB333 would first go to the Legislative Committee on New Licensing Boards. Well, to make a long story short, that didn’t happen. So, our bill (HB333) will go directly to the House Health Committee to be heard.

    Our primary objective is to pass favorably through the House Health Committee. To be successful, we need to:

    Successfully pass the House Health Committee, then Pass the second committee meeting (probably not hard unless we get surprised), and finally Pass the floor of the House of Representatives.

    After this, if it happens before May 15th, we will go to the Senate and Sen. (Dr.) Purcell’s Health Committee and then the Senate floor. We can amend HB333 in the Senate Health committee, or the Senate floor if need be.

    So, we need to focus on our next step, which is to make the members of the House Health Committee understand how important it is to support HB333.

    Your mission is to:

    Send an e-mail to every member of the House Health Committee urging their support of HB333, and Call their offices reinforcing the e-mail.

    If you are a constituent, it is really important that you say so. Please use your own words and the key message is to urge their support for HB333. You can find the contact information (e-mail and phone number) for each member of the House Health Committee here:

    http://www.ncga. state.nc. us/gascripts/ Committees/ Committees. asp?sAction= ViewCommittee&sActionDetails= House%20Standing _26

    Our bill could be heard as early as Thursday, May 7th (day after tomorrow), so if at all possible, please send your messages tomorrow (Wednesday) to the House Health Committee members. You do not need to mention amendments as we will be working on that with our supportive legislators to determine whether to amendment now or later.

    It’s time to run up the hill one more time.

    Russ

    Russ Fawcett
    Legislative Co-Chair, NCFOM

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