ACTION NEEDED: Contact Senate President Karen Spilka—and your own Massachusetts state senator—by phone or email to express strong support for S1440 and to request that they support the bill and get it to the Senate floor for a vote.
Background: Senate Bill 1440 is short (it merely deletes 13 words in current Massachusetts law) and is in play for at least the fourth consecutive legislative session. It closes a date-based loophole in current law by eliminating a discriminatory provision that denies an unrestricted right to the OBC for adoptees who were born between July 17, 1974 and January 1, 2008. Currently, the House bill (H2294) has passed unanimously, and all eyes are now on the Massachusetts Senate.
Write and Call Senate Leadership
Senate President Karen Spilka needs to hear from all of us that S1440 and its companion bill have significant and broad support. Write and call Senator Spilka to request her leadership and support for S1440 so that it ultimately gets a vote in the full Senate. Contact information for Sen. Spilka and her Chief of Staff:
Mary Anne Padien
Mary Anne Padien is Senator Spilka’s Chief of Staff. Consider copying her on your email to ensure that it is delivered and read.
What to Say
Be respectful and brief, whether you email or call or do both. Address the email to Senate President Spilka and get many or all of these points across:
- Whether you are a Massachusetts resident or a Massachusetts adoptee;
- Your connection to adoption if you are not an adoptee (saying you are an ally or supporter of adoptee rights is perfectly fine, particularly if you are a birthparent or adoptive parent);
- That S1440 is an important bill for all adopted people and it will finally restore equality to all adult adoptees in Massachusetts;
- That S1440 has broad bipartisan support;
- That you want to see S1440 clear any assigned committees this session and receive consideration and a vote by the full Senate
- Your own personal message or story (but be brief!)
Contact Your Own State Senator
If you haven’t done so already, write or call your own state senator to indicate that you support S1440 and would like to see it enacted. Messages should be concise and should explain who you are and your connection to adoption. Plus, you should generally ask two things:
- Please support the bill by voting YES on the bill when it comes before you;
- Please let me know your position on the bill.
Remember, this is a very simple bill that does one thing: eliminates unfairness and discrimination against adult adopted people who were apparently born at the wrong time: between July 17, 1974 and January 1, 2008.
Who Represents You in Massachusetts? A list of Massachusetts senators and their contact information is below. You can determine your senator by searching on one of these two sites:
* indicates that the Senator is already a sponsor or co-sponsor of S1440 (Massachusetts actually uses the terms “presenter” or “petitioner”). Sen. Anne Gobi is the Senate bill’s presenter.
|Michael Barrett||(617) 722-1572||[email protected]|
|Michael Brady||(617) 722-1200||[email protected]|
|William Brownsberger||(617) 722-1280||[email protected]|
|Harriette Chandler||(617) 722-1544||[email protected]|
|Sonia Chang-Diaz||(617) 722-1673||[email protected]|
|Nick Collins||(617) 722-1150||[email protected]|
|Jo Comerford*||(617) 722-1532||[email protected]|
|Cynthia Creem||(617) 722-1639||[email protected]|
|Brendan P. Crighton||(617) 722-1350||[email protected]|
|John Cronin||(617) 722-1230||[email protected]|
|Julian Cyr||(617) 722-1570||[email protected]|
|Sal DiDomenico*||(617) 722-1650||[email protected]|
|Diana DiZoglio||(617) 722-1604||[email protected]|
|James Eldridge||(617) 722-1120||[email protected]|
|Ryan Fattman||(617) 722-1420||[email protected]|
|Paul R. Feeney||(617) 722-1222||[email protected]|
|Barry Finegold||(617) 722-1612||[email protected]|
|Cindy F. Friedman||(617) 722-1432||[email protected]|
|Anne M. Gobi*||(617) 722-1540||[email protected]|
|Adam Gomez||(617) 722-1540||[email protected]|
|Adam Hinds||(617) 722-1625||[email protected]|
|Patricia Jehlen||(617) 722-1578||[email protected]|
|John Keenan||(617) 722-1494||[email protected]|
|Edward Kennedy||(617) 722-1630||[email protected]|
|Eric Lesser||(617) 722-1291||[email protected]|
|Jason Lewis||(617) 722-1206||[email protected]|
|Joan Lovely||(617) 722-1410||[email protected]|
|Mark Montigny||(617) 722-1440||[email protected]|
|Michael Moore*||(617) 722-1485||[email protected]|
|Susan Moran*||(617) 722-1330||[email protected]|
|Patrick O’Connor||(617) 722-1646||[email protected]|
|Marc Pacheco||(617) 722-1551||[email protected]|
|Rebecca L. Rausch||(617) 722-1555||[email protected]|
|Michael Rodrigues||(617) 722-1114||[email protected]|
|Michael Rush||(617) 722-1348||[email protected]|
|Karen Spilka||(617) 722-1500||[email protected]|
|Bruce Tarr||(617) 722-1600||[email protected]|
|Walter Timilty||(617) 722-1643||[email protected]|
|John Velis||(617) 722-1415||[email protected]|
Note: The First Suffolk and Middlesex Senate district, previously represented by Sen. Joseph Boncore, is currently vacant.
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