Compassionate Care Act advances in NY Senate!
Editors note: This action alert is from 2014 and no longer active The Compassionate Care Act passed the Senate Health Committee this week by a 9-8 vote with Republican Senator William Larkin casting the deciding vote. Now Medical Marijuana passed through the Health Committee for the first time sense 2009 it is now on to the Senate Finance Committee.
The Senate Finance Committee is made up for 37 seats including 20 republicans and 17 democrats. We need at minimum 19 votes to pass this bill. The people of New York NEED to put more pressure on the Senate Finance Committee to make sure we have enough vote to pass it through.
The Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator DeFrancisco, said is a statement on Friday that he is relinquishing himself from responsibility of having to call the bill to a vote, instead he is leaving it up to Senate Leadership "If the two leaders want it on the agenda, it will go on the agenda." One of the two, Senator Klein, is a co-sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act, so he would want it to come to a vote naturally. One can only assume because of that what Senator DeFrancisco really meant was if the Republican half of the Senate leadership, Senator Skelos, wants it to be on the agenda, it will be on the agenda.
The Compassionate Care Act NEEDS to get on the agenda, NOW! We have until June 19th to pass this through the Senate Finance Committee, The Senate Rules Committee, The Senate Floor and then the governor can sign it into law.
If you're asking yourself what you can do to help pass the Compassionate Care Act, ask no further and read below.
Call Senator Skelos' office (518) 455-3171 and read off this simple script
Hi, my name is (Your Name), My zip code is (Zip code) and I would like to ask Senator Skelos to support the Compassionate Care Act and ask Senator DeFrancisco to bring it to a vote in the Finance Committee. Thanks, Have a nice day!
Call the Senate Finance Committee members office's(see list below), asking each and every one of them to support the compassionate care act.
Hi, my name is (Your Name), My zip code is (Zip code) and I want to urge the Senator to support medical marijuana and to vote for the Compassionate Care Act. Thank you and have a nice day!
|Chair: John A. DeFrancisco||R||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hugh T. Farley||R||(518)-885-1829||Farley@nysenate.gov|
|John J. Flanagan||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|Martin J. Golden||R||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joseph A. Griffo||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|Andrew J Lanza||R||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kenneth P. LaValle||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|Carl L Marcellino||R||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jack M. Martins||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|Michael F. Nozzolio||R||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thomas F. O'Mara||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|Michael H. Ranzenhofer||R||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|James L. Seward||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|Daniel L. Squadron||D||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Toby Ann Stavisky||D||(518)-email@example.com|
|Neil D. Breslin||D||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Timothy M. Kennedy||D||(518)-email@example.com|
|David J. Valesky||D||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kevin S. Parker||D||(518)-email@example.com|
|Martin Malavé Dilan||D||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|John J. Bonacic||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|William J. Larkin Jr.||R||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joseph E. Robach||R||(518)-email@example.com|
|Diane J. Savino||D||(518)-firstname.lastname@example.org|
If you're unable to or don't want to make phone call's you can goto our action alerts on www.norml.org/act and email your senator with a pre-written email!