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Monday, March 14, 2005

HB701 Passes 9-2! Contact the Next Committee, Here's HOW!



Bill HB701 will go before the House of Rep. Health and Families Council at 9:30 am tomorrow. If it passes there, it will go before the Florida House of Representatives for a vote. The Bill will then go to the State Senate.

This is not the time to relax and get the wrong idea that the fight is over! There is still a LONG way to go. ACT NOW! YOU MUST CONTINUE TO CONTACT THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS (All Florida State Legislators).

Health & Families Council

Location: 200 House Office Building * 402 South Monroe Street * Tallahassee,FL 32399-1300 Contact: (850) 414-5600

Next Meeting: March 15, 2005 9:30 AM View Notice


Benson, Anna Holliday (R) Chair

Homan, Ed (R) Vice Chair

Bean, Aaron (R)

Bendross-Mindingall, Dorothy (D)

Brandenburg, Mary (D)

Galvano, Bill (R)

Garcia, Rene (R)

Gibson, Hugh (R)

Harrell, Gayle (R)

Robaina, Julio (R)

Sobel, Eleanor (D)

Vana, Shelley (D)

Florida House of Representatives re: HB701

850-488-6026 and 850-488-5000

Senate re: SB 2128

Senate President Tom Lee


Florida Senate


Go HERE to get the names of the Senators

ACT NOW!!!!!


  • I must say I'm shocked at seeing the amended bill coming out of the Judiciary Committee! It no longer applies to Terri! This new bill (they didn't keep any of the original wording) applies only to people in Persistent Vegetative State, which by the definition of Florida and any reasonable person, Terri is not. However, the court did say she was years ago, so maybe it could help her in the short term. Let's lobby the representatives for the next committee to reinsert the broader language.

    Representives on the Health & Families Concil known to be firmly against the bill are Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Eleanor Sobel.

    By Anonymous Henrik, at 8:43 PM  

  • So, since we have no valid email addresses for the representatives, and possibly this bill will not even apply to Terri now, what are we to do, especially those of us not in Florida? I know that most of those trying to save Terri believe she is not PVS, but if the bill doesn't apply to the current court ordered diagnosis, have we accomplished anything for Terri in particular?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 PM  

  • You can click on the link for each of these representatives, and either fill in the web contact form, which will be forwarded to the representative as an e-mail, or better yet, you can call their offices around 7:30am to 8:30am tomorrow morning.

    Also, contact the senators and make the same point to them. They also have to pass their version of the bill, and then the two versions need to be reconciled. So there is still opportunity to get this error corrected.

    I will be standing in front of the entrance to the representatives' parking garage as they arrive tomorrow holding a sign that says:

    Health & Families Council Members:

    Terri Schiavo is NOT a vegetable! Please broaden the language of HB 701 to include ALL incompetent persons again!

    By Anonymous Henrik, at 9:51 PM  

  • Henrick

    just to be clear-- it is okay if I post your names and pic right?

    I am doing a story on ya'll tomorrow! with links to your blog-- YOU ARE DOING AN AWESOME JOB FOR TERRI!!


    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 10:16 PM  

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