MPVR Lobby day at the capitol yesterday was AMAZING. We had a great crowd of activists and it is apparent that we are being heard! Let's ride this wave of momentum and get this done!
Please do NOT wait for someone else to do the work we need YOU to do. It is going to take all of us. The medical community is pushing back HARD, but we are the voters...they can only listen if we are in their ear.
We need EVERYONE making calls to the representatives on the Education Committee. We expect that our bill will be brought up in committee. We need a majority vote to make it onto the next step which is a vote on the house floor.
Our bill author, Representative Mark Formby has asked that we get 16+ cosponsors out of the Education Committee to make certain it passes! That is our priority at this time.
How do we meet that goal?
...We need YOU calling & asking for their support. If/when you have that; ask them to go to the clerk's office and sign on to House Bill 130 then, notify MaryJo and I or your regional director in the appropriate facebook group.
You can text details:
Use our talking points and confidently call them! Our legislation is being talked about; they expect to hear from us. As we approach the weekend, this is an excellent time to call them at home!
• Focus first on those who represent your district if that applies to any of these
• Work on to the others focusing on those who have not yet committed to cosign
• Be kind and gracious; stick to the talking points. :)
These representatives make up the House Education Committee:
John L. Moore, Chairman R | 601.946.5833 | rankin simpson | Cosponsored
Alyce G. Clarke, Vice-Chairman D | 662.827.7261 | 662.827.5685 | home: 601.354.5453 | hinds
William 'Tracy' Arnold R | 662.728.9951 | supportive | committed to Cosponsor
Nick Bain D | 662.287.1620 | home: 601.287.1620 | alcorn
Mark Baker R | 601.824.7455 | home: 601.824.3297 | madison, rankin | Cosponsored
Toby Barker R | 601.307.3802 | 601.307.3802 | forrest, lamar
Randy P. Boyd R | home: 662.282.4045 | 662.231.0133 | itawamba, lee, tishomingo | Cosponsored
Clara Burnett D | 662.363.2531 | coahoma, panola, quitman, tate, tunica
Charles Busby R | 228.769.0501 | jackson
Credell Calhoun D | 601.949.7561 | 601.291.2243 | hinds
Gary Chism R | 662.327.0777 | clay, lowndes, oktibbeha | CoSponsor
Carolyn Crawford R | 228.452.5029 | 228.861.7303 | harrison Cosponsor
Becky Currie R | 601.833.5953 | copiah, franklin, lincoln
Dennis DeBar R | 601.394.4400 | forrest, george, greene, perry, wayne
Reecy L. Dickson D | 662.726.9255 | kemper, lauderdale, noxubee
Chuck Espy D | 662.627.4182 | coahoma, quitman
James Evans D | 601.948.0517 | hinds
Mark Formby R | bill author :)
Herb Frierson R | 601.795.6285 | lamar, pearl river
Jeffrey S. Guice R | 601.576.2508 | harrison, jackson
Eugene Forrest Hamilton R | 662.895.5765 | desoto | Cosponsor
Gregory Holloway D | 601.894.4228 | claiborne, copiah, hinds
Wanda Jennings R | 662.349.3673 | desoto
Rita Martinson R | 601.856.4977 | madison
Steve Massengill R | 662.815.5000 | 662.224.4061 | benton, lafayette, marshall, union
Brad Mayo R | 662.234.8111 | lafayette
Pat Nelson R | 901.493.9393 | desoto
Rufus Straughter D | 662.247.2728 | humphreys, issaquena, sharkey, washington, yazoo
Sara R. Thomas D | 662.887.2628 | sunflower
Joseph L. Warren D | 601.797.4919 | covington, forrest, jefferson, davis, marion, simpson
Tom Weathersby R | 601.720.4552 | copiah, rankin, simpson
Begin with any of these who are your representatives and let them know you are their constituent, but call as many as you can. If you don't reach them, leave a message letting them know you are seeking support of HB130 and would like them to return your call. If you don't hear back from them please call again later or the next day. Persistence is key :)
If you haven't signed our petition yet please do that. Link is at the top of the blog. Please also share it via facebook and email!
Our lobby day at the capitol was fantastic. We are hearing that the vaccine rights legislation is being discussed much and are so pleased to see that there is copious support, just as there was last year in the house. Knowing our bill has the opportunity to be heard in committee has provided us the hope and ambition to really fight for it's success.
Leading up to the event, MaryJo had two radio interviews; she was fantastic!
listen here: Download STAR 93.5 MaryJo
Our bill's author is a true champion for this important legislation! Representative Formby met with some of us Thursday morning to discuss our legislation.
We have some precious mascots that are so worth fighting for!
A few more from the day...
As the mother of a vaccine injured child who has been bullied by the MSDH, our Lauren being brave and sharing her story during speaker Gunn's ideas tour made quite the impression on representative Bill Kincade.
We had several men at the capitol this year fighting for our cause; here are just a few of them.
Warriors going to battle.
Romans 8:31: What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?