Tuesday, April 21, 2009

STOP CALIFORNIA AB 372 NOW!

We are running on a very tight schedule here, so I'm posting CalOpen's AB 372 Action Alert here instead of writing up a separate one for BN. Bastard Nation is submitting it's testimony later today.

NOTE: As of this posting, the official Ma amendments are not available.

Help us defeat this abomination!



* * * CALIFORNIA OPEN ACTION ALERT * * *
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Issued April 20, 2009

URGE THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
TO VOTE NO ON AB 372

DEADLINE FOR YOUR LETTER TO BECOME A PART OF THE RECORD: 5 PM PST TUESDAY, APRIL 21st, 2009
(Even if you miss the deadline, please continue to send your letters and e-mails.)

On Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 AB 372 will come before the California State Legislature's Assembly Judiciary Committee. Assembly Bill 372 would require State Notification to birthparents of an adoptee's request for their record and the birthparent's Consent to Disclosure and Release of the Original Birth Certificate to the adoptee. Until the amendments are viewed, it is not known who would fund the notification. Perhaps that would be the responsibility of the adoptee making request.

WE MUST ACT NOW TO DEFEAT AB 372 AND LEAVE CLEAR THE PATH FOR A RIGHTS DRIVEN OPEN RECORDS BILL. DO NOT ALLOW A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO WORK WITHIN AND EXPAND AN EXISTING DISCLOSURE VETO, UNDER THE GUISE OF "PRIVACY RIGHTS", TO ESTABLISH FURTHER PRECEDENT IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA! NO MORE BAD LAW ON THE BOOKS!

VIEW UPCOMING AMENDMENTS TO AB 372: http://www.calopen.org/MaMemoRE_AB372.pdf

FAX, PHONE and E-MAIL the Assembly Judiciary Committee to vote NO on AB 372.
A SAMPLE LETTER on how to direct your comments to the Committee can be found here:
http://www.calopen.org/lobby.shtml

We urge all California residents to ATTEND THE HEARING.
http://www.calopen.org/attend.shtml

You can watch and listen LIVE to the hearing via the internet:
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Room Number 4202
8:00 AM (PST)
http://www.assembly.ca.gov/committee_hearings/defaulttext.asp
(Click on Committee Room List)

PLEASE PHONE, FAX AND E-MAIL the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee:
http://www.calopen.org/asmjudy.shtml

RAPID E-MAIL CUT-N-PASTE
Assemblymember.Feuer@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.tran@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Brownley@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Evans@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.jones@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Knight@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Krekorian@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Lieu@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Monning@assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Nielsen@assembly.ca.gov;
info@calopen.org

YOU LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

California Open and Coalition Partners thank you for your activism!
www.calopen.org

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Blogger Tom said...

AB 372 Passes Assembly Judiciary by Unanimous VOTE! AB 372 is a very reasonable approach to achieving >99% Open Records. Don't let emotionally over attached opponents tell you privacy is not a real issue. It is very real plus California has agreed to keep birth certificates private via the AD908 adoption forms. There is no way the legislature would pass a so called "clean Bill" as IT DOES VIOLATE SOME BIRTH PARENTS PRIVACY protected by both the CA constitution and the AD908 contractual obligations. The contract liability and CA Supreme court will stop it. Its dreaming and magical thinking. AB 372 achieves OPEN RECORDS for the statistically demonstrated 99.5% and will avoid being shot down. Don't be a fool an let a few radicals who are a bit out there convince you a Clean Bill is possible. It will not happen in anyone's lifetime. That is foolish and punishes the 99.5% of adoptees who could GET THEIR RECORDS NOW. Come on, be sensible and do the smart thing! Don't be led by a few who "just don't seem to get it!"

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