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Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 2 Public Hearings


PUBLIC HEARINGS ON

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE AND ABOLITION

OF THE DEATH PENALTY

On Monday, March 2, 2009



Public Hearing on Health Care Bills
A public hearing on health care bills is scheduled for this Monday, March 2, starting at 11 a.m. in Room 2C at the Legilative Office Building in Hartford (next to the Capitol). It is a joint public hearing hosted by three legislative committees: Insurance & Real Estate, Human Services, and Public Health.


If you would like to address our elected representatives about the need for better health care coverage now is the time. If you, a member of your family, or a friend suffers from lack of quality affordable health care now is the time to tell that story. Several bills are being heard that day. The Catholic Conference will be testifying in support of better health care coverage during its testimony on bill HB 6600 "An Act Concerning The Establishment of the Sustinet Plan"


There are 15 bills on the agenda, which will be heard in the order they appear in the Legislative Bulletin: Public Hearing - List of 15 Health Care Bills.

The SustiNet bill, HB 6600, will be heard last. The expectation is that the SustiNet bill will not be heard until mid- to late-afternoon, or even early evening.

Sign-up for the hearing starts at 8:30 a.m. in the first floor atrium at the LOB. If you would like to speak but cannot arrive until the afternoon please let the Catholic Confence (860-524-7882) know and we will sign you up and contact you with an estimated time of when you may be called to speak. We will need a contact number. You have three minutes to speak and may submit 85 copies of your testimony if you desire. If you do not wish to speak, but want to show your support for health acre reform please attend the hearing. Buttons showing support for health care reform will be available.



A public hearing on the abolition of the death penalty is also scheduled for this Monday, March 2, starting at 10 a.m. in Room 1D at the Legilative Office Building in Hartford (next to the Capitol). If you would like to address our elected representatives about the need to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut now is the time. The Catholic Conference will be testifying in support of HB 6578 "An Act Concerning The Penalty for a Capital Felony". This bill will remove the death penalty as punishment for a capital felony murder committed after the effective date of the bill and replace it with a life sentence with no chance of parol. The Connecticut Catholic Conference does have a reservation about the bill, since it does not impact those currently on death row or already charged with murder. The bill is not retroactive.


Sign-up for the hearing starts at 8:00 a.m. in room 2500 at the LOB. Speaker order is done by selection of a number. If you would like to speak, but cannot arrive early enough to get a number for speak, please let the Catholic Confence (860-524-7882) know and we will sign you up and contact you with an estimated time of when you may be called to speak. We will need a contact number. You have three minutes to speak and may submit 40 copies of your testimony if you desire. If you do not wish to speak, but want to show your support for abolition of the penalty please attend the hearing. Buttons showing support for abolition may be available.


***this message is from Connecticut Catholic Conference***


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you can't make the hearing but want to let your legislator know you support HB 6600 - SustiNet: Health Care Connecticut Can Count On, you can email them at www.healthcare4every1.org

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