Action: Contact Senate and House leadership to request action on two identical equal rights bills: S250 and H6189.
Rhode Island’s S250/H6189 does three primary things:
- for adopted people born prior to July 1, 2021, it lowers the age at which the person may request his or her own birth record, from 25 to 18;
- provides a right for direct-line descendants of an adoptee to request the original birth record if the adopted person is deceased;
- for adopted people born on or after July 1, 2021, it allows the person to request his or her own original birth record as of the date of birth.
I support this legislation and ask that all adoptee rights advocates and their allies do the same. Here’s what you can do to support these bills.
Contact Rhode Island Legislative Leaders
Contact the leadership of the Rhode Island General Assembly to let them know you support S250/H6189. This includes Senate and House leadership, who essentially control the movement of bills out of each chamber’s committees.
Your message can be short and simple and should be addressed to the Senate and House Leadership:
I support of S250/H6189, which makes needed amendments to Rhode Island law related to an adopted person’s own birth record. This is an important bill to me and to thousands of adoptees and their families. I request your leadership in moving the bill forward for Senate and House consideration.
You can copy and paste these emails into your email application:
The names and roles of the members of the Rhode Island Senate and House leadership are:
|Dominick Ruggiero||Senate President|
|Michael McCaffrey||Senate Majority Leader|
|Dennis L. Algiere||Senate Minority Leader|
|K. Joseph Shekarchi||Speaker of the House|
|Christopher R. Blazejewski||House Majority Leader|
|Blake A. Filippi||House Minority Leader|
|Maryelllen Goodwin||Senate Majority Whip (and S250 co-sponsor)|
Earlier this session a number of organizations sent Senate and House leaders a joint letter requesting support for the S250/H6189. The Senate letter is here (the House letter is identical except for the addressees and bill number). The letters explain what the bills do and why they provide equality for all adopted people. Feel free to use portions of the letters if they help you draft a message.