Rep. Mark Cohen (D-202) is the prime sponsor of HB 1179, Pennsylvania’s first-ever introduction of the Healthy Workplace Bill, dubbed the Healthy Workplace Act introduced on April 15, 2013. There are 10 cosponsors.
The bill is the 13th bill to be active in the U.S. in 2013. PA becomes the 10th state to carry a bill this legislative session.
Visit the PA State Page at this website to use our E-Z Emailer to thank the sponsors and to encourage the House Labor and Industry Committee Chairs to schedule a public hearing for the bill.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords wrote in a New York Times guest editorial forcefully about her feelings toward (46) U.S. Senators who voted against the gun control package of bills on April 17. Excerpts from her Op-Ed article are below.
We advocates for anti-bullying legislation are told to tiptoe around lawmakers lest we offend them. Meanwhile the business lobbyists lie about bullying and the specifics of our bill. We get crushed by remaining civil and polite. It’s time for a change.
But Giffords reminds us that elected officials work for us and can be fired when they make wrong decisions. When their self-interest in re-election funds overwhelm doing the right thing for public safety and they coddle the NRA and Gun Owners of America and do their bidding instead. Her remarks are not delicate. Candor from this former politician is welcome.
We take her words as inspiration for all who help the campaign to enact the Healthy Workplace Bill. Giffords is a one-issue advocate now, like us. She spares no wrath when telling the truth. We should be so bold.
Here is some of what she wrote:
Maine state Rep. Sara Gideon, along with six House cosponsors and two Senate cosponsors, introduced HP 845. Details found on the Maine State Page. This is Maine’s first bill, making it bill number 12 across 9 states in 2013!
Watch Connecticut State Coordinator, Dr. Kathy Hermes, and citizen advocate Laura Lillian Dickerson (a friend of a bullied target), on Waterford CT community television.
By a vote of 19-0, HB 591 (amended) passed the New Hampshire House Labor Committee. Next step is a House floor vote.
In New Mexico, on Wed. March 6 at 1:30 pm in Room 309 of the capitol, the House Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing on the bill (HB 234) sponsored by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia. Please attend and support the bill if you can. Regardless, please write to the committee chair and vice-chair, urging them to support the bill. This can be done easily from the NM State Page using our E-Z letter writer.
We are grateful for all the support provided the NM State AFSCME union.
On Feb. 25, NY Senator Diane Savino introduced S 3863, the companion bill to Assembly bill A 4965.
To date, the bill count is now 11 bills introduced in 8 states.
Visit the NY State Page for bill details and to volunteer to help State Coordinators pass the legislation.