Ultra-left state rep and House Ed Committee chair conspiring to do end-run on stalled Planned Parenthood bill
To sneak it in as a state 2009 budget item amendment!
(FEBRUARY 25, 2008) This is about the Massachusetts Legislature, after all, so undemocratic tactics are the order of the day.
At the Executive Session of the Joint Education Committee earlier this month the Planned Parenthood pro-homosexual and pro sex-ed bill (H597/S288) was sent to a study — it appeared to be a BIG victory for the pro-family movement! This horrific bill would write into law "reproduction and sexuality, mental health, family life, and interpersonal relations" as required subjects in the public schools. This seemed to be a huge setback for Planned Parenthood and the homosexual groups. For the second time in a row, they put heavy resources into getting this passed. But MassResistance (and parents across the state) pummeled the Legislature with phone calls, emails, letters, and personal visits against this bill. (MassResistance reports on this bill, & public hearing, here.)
Interestingly, during the Executive Session the lead sponsor, Rep. Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge), wasn't too pleased. "I'm really sorry that this is going to a study," she told Committee House Chairman Patricia Haddad. Haddad shot back, "Well, I am, too, but that's what's happening."
Well, not exactly, as we're finding out. Last week we noticed on Rep. Alice Wolf's website the following little blurb in her "Legislative updates" section:
Sneaking a bill into law by making it a "budget item" is a sleazy device the homosexual lobby has used before when they knew they couldn't get it through legitimately. (More on this below.)
Anyway, this has been confirmed in the current issue of the homosexual newspaper "Bay Windows", which reports:
A sleazy way to legislate . . .
As we said, sneaking a bill into law by making it a "budget item amendment" within the massive state budget is a last resort which has been used before by the homosexual lobby for bills they can't get through any other way.
Including an item as a budget amendment which really has nothing to do with the state budget is technically legal, though quite sleazy. But if you can get a member of the Ways and Means Committee to add it in, it's pretty much a free ride. It doesn't have to go through a public hearing, committee debate, or executive session the same way as other laws. And once the committee approves it, the House and Senate rarely pay attention to the thousands of individual items and they usually just vote everything through fairly mechanically.
They did it last year, though we nearly stopped them.
You'll recall that last year the homosexual lobby got the law passed to create the new "Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth" — which has broad powers and is independent of the Executive branch of government — as a budget item amendment. And as many of you know, MassResistance saw what was going on and went into action. First, we got hundreds of people from Republican primary states to call Gov. Mitt Romney's office to demand he veto that line item, which he eventually did. Then, as you remember, since the Republicans don't have enough reps or senators to sustain a veto, we lobbied hard and actually got the necessary Democrats to sustain the veto. The vote was taken and we won, but the homosexual lobby immediately called for a reconsideration and a recess. The pro-homosexual House Speaker Sal DiMasi then twisted some arms and when the reconsideration vote was taken, nine cowardly reps changed their votes, allowing the veto to fail and the law to pass.
This year we need to stop this undemocratic process before it gets started.
Don't let them pull this disgusting tactic again. This must be stopped in its tracks. You can do something. Contact Patricia Haddad, the House Education Committee Chairman who is conspiring with Rep. Alice Wolf to do this.
And remember: What happens in Massachusetts will soon happen across America! Stop it here!