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Senate Judiciary Hearings - Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Senate Judiciary committee will hear the marriage equality bills on Thursday, March 10, Room 313, approximately 5p.

We ask all marriage supporters to wear RED as a show of solidarity. 


You can submit your entire testimony in writing, which will be distributed to the committee members.  Put the bill number on your testimony, your name, address and any additional contact information you are comfortable giving (phone, email).  Bring 10 copies for the committee members.  You can give your copies to the committee clerk, Robert Ricci, during the hearing or any time before or after the hearing.

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING ONLY


Senate Bill No. 0029
BY Perry, Sosnowski, Miller, Pichardo, Nesselbush
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS—PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO MARRY {LC117} (would broaden the definition of persons eligible to marry to include persons of the same gender. This act would also provide that members of the clergy would not be required to officiate at any particular marriage)

Senate Resolution No. 0115
BY Ciccone, Walaska, Bates, DiPalma, O`Neill E
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PUBLISH AND SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE (MARRIAGE) {LC580} (Marriage = one man + one woman; Civil Unions = same sex couples)

Senate Resolution No. 0162
BY Tassoni, Cote, Maher, Pinga
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PUBLISH AND SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE (MARRIAGE) {LC401} (Marriage = one man + one woman)

Senate Bill No. 0376
BY Hodgson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS—DOMESTIC UNIONS {LC1413} (creates a statutory right to enter into domestic unions)

Senate Bill No. 0377
BY DiPalma, Goodwin, Ruggerio, Ottiano, O`Neill E
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS {LC318} (would authorize the establishment of reciprocal beneficiary agreements for the purpose of permitting any two (2) unmarried persons who are excluded from entering into a valid marriage under the marriage laws of this state)


As a general rule:

Oral testimony should be about one to three minutes long.  The committee chair will set the time parameters for testifying.  You can submit your entire testimony in writing, which will be distributed to the committee members.  Put the bill number on your testimony.

Front-load your comments.  Put the most important points first (you can never be sure how long you will have the legislators’ attention).

Speak as personally as you can.  Reminding the committee members that the legislation impacts real lives every day is crucial.

Stay positive.  Speak with generosity and assume that the world is on your side.  Certainly, the most valuable and persuasive voice is your own. Speak your truth from your heart, with clarity and compassion, and you will move mountains.


SOME BASICS

Where are the hearings?

At the State House in Providence.  You must enter the State House at the Smith Street (north) entrance and go through security.  Allow time for this process.

The Senate Judiciary committee will meet in Room 313.

Hearings will be set at the rise.  This means immediately following the full session, which starts at 4pm.  Hearings usually start by 5p.  If you would like a seat in the hearing room, you need to get to the State House early, no later than 3pm.

At the hearing, there will be a sign-in sheet with the bill number on it.  If you are going to present testimony to the committee, you must sign-in and indicate whether you are speaking for (pro) or against (con) the legislation.

Hearings can last a long time.  It isn’t unusual to be finishing up around midnight.


Where do I park?

There is metered street parking around the State House, so you will need quarters.  The parking lots opposite the State House, north of Smith Street behind the Department of Health and Department of Administration buildings, usually open up after the employees leave for the day.  There is also parking at Providence Place Mall, but you will need to walk up the hill to the Smith Street entrance.


Special access needs.

Enter the legislator parking lot, which is the first lot just east of the State House off Smith Street, and you will see the entrance to your right.  You will go through security, then head down the hall and take the elevator to the second or third floor.

1 comments

Tony Pelliccio on March 07, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I will be there. Actually reserved a car so I can leave work a little early and get there. And my parking pass still works so I don’t have to worry.

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