Unofficial word (that is, it’s not on the New Jersey Leg website yet) is that the Adoptees’ Birthright Bill has been shelved until fall. According to news distributed earlier today to various lists, rumors of Gov. Chris Christie’s possible veto are very real. (Once it appears, I’ll link the official notice of postponement here.) *NOTE–I received official notice this morning. (see end of blog)
The following message came from NJCare under Pam Hasegawa’s signature. It reads in part:
From: Pam Hasegawa
After consulting with prime sponsors and other co-sponsors we reached a consensus that it is in our best interest to avoid a veto or conditional veto by the Governor. With at least one meeting scheduled with the Governor’s staff next month, the Adoptees’ Birthright Bill was removed from the board list of bills to be considered by the Assembly this Thursday.
Actually, Thursday has become a committee meeting day and the final vote on the budget will be next Monday. Then recess until September.
We will continue through the summer reaching out to legislators who have reservations, do more research (will need help with this), and will depend on your continued letters, prayers and encouragement as we look toward conversation with the governor’s staff (and, hopefully, Governor Christie himself. @yahoogroups.com>@yahoogroups.com>@yahoogroups.com>@yahoogroups.com>@gmail.com>
NJCare plans to work this summer to convince the Assembly and Christie to support the bill. We’ll work, too: to kill it.
Bastard Nation was just about to send out a new action alert for you to contact the Assembly. We still want you to contact the Assembly (and Gov. Christie), so see the action alert directly below this blog for talking points.
BUT, with this additional information:
Bastard Nation has acquired a copy of NJCare’s contact and head count list; that is, an indication where each Assembly member stands on the bill. Go here, print it out, and make contact.
Also, see BLC’s blog: New Jersey S1406 (A1406/S799): Action Alert and Also Update, a detailed and thoughtful analysis of this greatly flawed bill’s implications for New Jersey and the rest of the country.
The Assembly and Gov. Christie cannot hear enough from those of us who support real bastard rights and not sloppy seconds.
Say it loud and say it proud:
I’m a bastard. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!
The following bill(s) have been scheduled for a committee or a legislative session.
6/24/2010 1:00:00 PM Assembly
The Voting Session has been Canceled.
The Assembly will have a Quorum Call at 100 PM