Hello, Everyone! We just got word late yesterday that the Senate Education Committee worked out a compromise amendment to, "Aidan's Law," (SB 606) and they are most likely going to hold a committee vote this Tuesday, June 11th! If the bill does not pass committee, we're done. If it passes, it goes to the full Senate floor for a vote and we keep moving. But we still have a long way to go before this becomes an actual law.......
This is a huge step and we REALLY need your help. And it'll take only a few minutes of your time. Please help by calling a few (or all of them, if your inspired.....) of the members of the Senate Education Committee and encourage them to vote in favor of SB 606 on Tuesday. If you're looking for what to say specifically, say something like this:
"Hello, my name is __________ and I am calling to encourage Senator ______ to vote in favor of SB 606, also known as, "Aidan's Law" when the Education Committee meets on Tuesday, June 11th. As a citizen of Pennsylvania, and as a parent, this is a bill that will undoubtedly save children's lives and I want to see it passed as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing Senator _______'s "yes" vote on Tuesday. Thank you."
Adjust however you want, but that's the gist of all you have to say. Won't take long. Below is a list of the members of the state Senate Education Committee. If you can only make one or two phone calls, please consider calling a Republican member of the committee, as they have been a bit slower thus far to support the measure, as they don't like the idea of forcing more mandates upon school districts. We respect that, but feel the benefits of lives saved trump the fact that this is another thing districts have to do. Honestly, they should have been doing this already.
So call the following folks:
Sen. Mike Folmer, Chairman: 717-787-5708
Sen. Patrick Browne: 717-787-1349
Sen. Jake Corman: 717-787-1377
Sen. Stewart Greenleaf: 717-787-6599 (co-sponsor)
Sen. Lloyd Smucker, Vice Chair: 717-787-5072
Sen. Robert Tomlinson: 717-787-5072
Sen. Joseph Scarnati (Ex-Officio): 717-787-7084
Sen. Andrew Dinniman, Minority Chair: 717-787-5709 (author of bill and primary sponsor)
Sen. Daylin Leach: 717-787-5544 (co-sponsor)
Sen. Rob Teplitz: 717-787-6801 (co-sponsor)
Sen. Anthony Williams: 717-787-5970 (co-sponsor)
I think it's safe to assume the co-sponsors will vote yes, so if you can call only one or a few, call the ones that do NOT have a co-sponsor label next to their name. If you have any questions, give me a call (484-678-9190) or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help. Once I hear the results of Tuesday's vote, I'll update here. Until then, get on the phone!!!
Love to all,
Steve and Christy