MassResistance and others file strong pro-family bills in MA Legislature
Some bills originally written by MassResistance being re-introduced
February 13, 2009
David Parker (left) was led into court in handcuffs after he refused to take it anymore. At right, from a book being read to 2nd-graders about a homosexual romance.
2. Bill to eliminate the Massachusetts Commission for Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Youth (Docket #2023)
This official "Commission" is like nothing else that exists in the US - or the world. It is made up of the most radical, hardcore homosexual and transgender groups and activists in the state (including men who dress as women and a woman with a beard and sideburns). This group spends $850,000 of tax money pushing homosexual programs in the schools, works with schoolchildren unsupervised, and is completely unaccountable. This Commission was created in 2006 by a sleazy maneuver in the Legislature - as a statute slipped in through the annual state budget process, and thus didn't have a public hearing or the usual steps for becoming a law. Filed by Rep. Robert Hargraves (R-Groton).
Here's some of what this commission does
Here's the GLBT Commission statute that would be repealed by this bill
Schoolchildren at a GLBT Commission event last summer.
3. Bill to eliminate the buffer zone around abortion clinics (Docket #3654)
As you know, last year the Massachusetts Legislature passed a severe and blatantly unconstitutional "buffer zone" law, which curtails free speech from public sidewalks and streets within a 35-foot radius of abortion clinics. This is an outrage. We need to fight back. So we've fled a bill to repeal that law. Filed by Rep. Robert Hargraves (R-Groton).
Here's the Buffer Zone statute that would be repealed by this bill
This is the only bill that we attempted to get lots of co-sponsors for, given that a fairly sizeable number of legislators still seem to be "pro-life." Well, we were pretty disappointed. The fear going through the State House on this is bigger than we thought. It appears that only a small handful of "pro-life" legislators were willing to put their names on this. But as with the other bills, this fight's only begun.
These are the bills we felt necessary to file directly. You can't fight a war if there's nothing on the table to actually fight for. All bills had to be filed last month.
Ronald Reagan once said that you can accomplish a lot if you don't mind who gets the credit. That seems to apply in this fight, too. Over the years we've done a lot of work researching issues that should be bills and crafting language for legislation. We're flattered and pleased that others can use our work.
1. An Act Relative to Parental Notification and Consent.
(Alternative Parents Rights Opt-In Bill) (Docket #882)
This is an alternative bill to the "David Parker Bill" (above), filed by the House Republican Minority Leader, Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading). It is also an opt-in bill.
It has an interesting history. Back in 2005, MassResistance understood that an serious update was needed to our Parental Notification Law (Ch. 71, Sec. 32A) We carefully crafted a new bill, and it was introduced as Bill H1050 by Rep. Joyce Spiliotis (D-Peabody) with several co-sponsors. Unfortunately, it didn't pass but it got a lot of support that year.
Then in 2007, Rep. Jones re-filed it himself as Bill H465, and got his own group of co-sponsors. It still didn't get the traction it needed that year.
Last fall we ran into Rep. Jones at a political event and briefly chatted with him about this. We suggested a good bill was needed and encouraged him to do something. He apparently huddled with his people, and Rep. Jones re-filed the bill this year as Docket #882. This time, he took out the word "primarily" in the first paragraph, which makes the bill even stronger.
Original MassResistance version filed in 2005 as Bill H1050
Re-filed by Rep. Jones in 2007 as Bill H465
New version re-filed this year as Docket #882
Although we prefer the "David Parker" bill (see above), we can certainly support this one also. It doesn't address the school survey problem - but Rep. Hargraves has filed a separate bill for us that specifically does that and uses our language, Docket #994.
2. An Act Relative to Protecting Children from Harm in Schools
(Eliminating the exemption of schools from obscenity laws.)
Last session, our own Amy Contrada was researching the General Laws and noticed that public schools are exempt from the laws regarding obscenity and "materials harmful to minors." So she crafted S925, which was filed by Rep. Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth). We pushed it hard, but it didn't get through that year.
Link to last year's bill, S925
Apparently, Rep. Vinnie deMacedo (R-Plymouth) like it so much that he re-filed it this year, as Docket #1775. (We haven't seen the exact wording, but it's probably close or identical.) Good for him! We'll see if we can push it through.
When the text of all the bills is finally (!) posted on the Legislature's website we'll probably have several more. But here are a few that we know about:
1. An Act relative to a woman's right to know (Docket #1037)
Also known as "Laura's Law", this is a re-file of last years Bill H1687, which would require abortion providers to give women complete and accurate information about abortions, instead of the pressure and propaganda that women in those situations now get. Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough).
Link to Bill H1687, which has been re-filed this year
2. An Act relative to open meetings (Docket #SD1944)
This is a very important bill by Janet Aldrich and Comflm Registry, filed by Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). Currently, the Legislature exempts itself and its various committees (including the hideous Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth) from various parts of the Open Meeting Law. It's outrageous. For example, they can ban photographs or videos during their public meetings, and actually have people arrested for taking a photo of such a public meeting!
3. An Act Relative to Protecting the Religious Freedom of Students
Filed by Rep. Vinnie deMacedo (R-Plymouth), this is rather strange bill that's being promoted by certain groups. We're not sure if it solves a problem or makes it worse. It says that schools shall allow a limited forum for religious views at school events, but with a required disclaimer that such views are neither endorsed nor sponsored by the school. The school is also required to ensure that such views are not "obscene or indecent." Hmmm.
Here's a link to the bill
We spent days in the State House, going door to door trying to get sponsors for these bills and talking to as many people as we could. We finally got what we needed, but it wasn't easy.
We learned two things pretty fast. (1) Just about everybody is afraid of the homosexual movement. And (2) just about nobody there has heard our side of these issues. But they have all heard, over and over, the emotional rants and disinformation from the homosexual movement. They can easily repeat it: "It's about civil rights," "It's about safety of children," etc.
That definitely needs to change.