PLEASE DISTRIBUTE FREELY!
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!
BIRTH CERTIFICATE ACCESS!
LD 1084 PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY—GOVERNOR SIGNS
Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization congratulates
Despite naysayers, on June 18, near the close of the legislative session, the Maine House overrode and over ran the LD 1084’s “Do Not Pass” recommendation from the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary, 104-39. The next day, the Senate followed, passing, the bill 20-15. On June 20, the bill returned to both houses and passed “by the hammer” with no amendments. Bim! Bam! Boom!
Bastard Nation was highly critical of the 2006 records access campaign which began with a clean bill and finished threatened with compromises that made it unrecognizable. This time, OBC for ME (love the name!) ran a mostly under-the-radar operation. Activists emphasized the “localiness” of adoptee rights and the state’s responsibility to its adopted people.
LD 1084 had an extremely strong sponsor, Rep. David Farrington, and the quiet personal lobbying of adoptee Sen. Paula Benoit to shepherd it through with non-partisian support. Benoit’s dignified presentation for records access is credited by friends and foes of access with keeping the debate from the bitterness and acrimony that marked last year’s circus.
Rep. Farrington’s June 18 statement on the House floor ranks him as one of BN’s heroes, though we were not involved in the bill. You can listen to Rep.
Farrington and Sen. Benoit and other supporting speakers, along with a bit of anti-adoptee gas baggery (especially from the House side) at http://www.obcforme.org/.
Governor John Baldacci signed the bill on Monday, June, 25, 2007. It will take effect on January 1, 2009 and gives anyone adopted in
(some of the people from last year’s Maine Campaign. Bobbi Beavers 2nd for, 2nd from right)
…and 44 to go. Hooray!!
There has been next to no press coverage on this for some reason. Here I thought Maine would have fallen into the sea by now.