Monday, May 14, 2012

To answer the question: is HB 1580 dead?

The answer is “no”, far from it.  We have been working hard to neutralize our opposition in an attempt to call a truce and drop their opposition to HB#1580.  We have been meeting regularly with members of the Consumer Affairs Committee and House leadership to bring up HB#1580 for a vote before the end of May.  We are making progress but we’re not quite there. 

Legislators are in their district offices the week of May 14th and then back in Harrisburg May 21st.  We are asking for a committee vote the week of May 21st so it is very important you meet with or contact your House member and get them to ask Chairman Robert Godshall to bring it up for a vote before Memorial Day so there is enough time for the full House to vote and send it over to the Senate before summer recess.  Remind them that there are 108 co-sponsors.  If your Representative is one of the co-sponsors, it is even more important they ask Representative Godshall to vote it out of committee.  HB 1580 has been languishing in committee since the hearing was held on January 11, 2012.

After you make the request, it is important you follow up with them the week of May 21, 2012 if you haven’t seen anything from us that the vote has been scheduled.  We are coming to the finish line one way or another folks, and we need you to stay engaged and active.  Continue to read, check and respond to things we put out because we are running out of time and we can’t do it alone. 

Ron and Maureen and the PASEIA team