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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Shackling bill passes Senate!

Just a quick and dirty update here...

Senate Bill 193, the shackling bill, passed out of the Senate this morning on a unanimous vote. All 35 members of the State Senate voted in support of it with no debate.

Now on to the House, where it has to make it through a Judiciary hearing and three readings on the House floor — in a week.

I'm ecstatic! So many people told me this couldn’t be done this year. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to them! There are women whose lives will be less traumatized and whose lives might even be saved because lawmakers put their differences aside to pass this bill.

Thanks, everyone, for your crossed fingers and prayers. I hope that by the end of next week Colorado will be the eighth state to pass restrictions on shackling. Then we have to figure out how to change the law in your home states.

12 comments:

RitaSV said...

Congratulations, Pamela! :oD

Thank you, Rita!

Of course, it never ends. Five minutes after it passes, I find out that DOC — bunch of snakes! — have gotten an amendment written in to the House version of the bill that essentially nullifies the strip-search provision and allows them to shackle women in labor on the way to the hospital and women who've just had babies. Try changing your sanitary pad with one hand.

GRRR! Now I'm so steamed! I'm trying to get DOC's amendment taken off.

Lori said...

OMGosh - how wonderful! Congratulations.

Good luck with getting the amendment taken out.

Aly said...

WOOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!! On the first part!

And those %(*$&(*&^*#^(*&#^$ on the second part!

Go get'em :)

RitaSV said...

How disgusting! For pete's sake...where do they think these women are going to go???? Have they any documented cases of a woman escaping under these circumstances? I hope you can get that amendment taken off. >:o(

Mary G said...

Maybe they thought you were going to take your eye off the ball.

Go get em' Pamela!!

Debbie H said...

If only men could go through this once, the would have a whole new outlook on it all.

Keep after them and don't take your eyes off of them for a second.

Oh I'm so happy to hear that it's made it through so far. And I'm hoping along with you that it makes it past the next hurdle

JennJ said...

OMS honey I'm so happy to hear this! That is WONDERFUL!!!!!!! God willing it will pass the House as easily. I'm very sorry to hear about the stupid DOC adding an amendment maybe they will take that off I hope. Good grief dang Bureaucrats!

Jane said...

Congrats, Pamela. Hope you'll get the amendment taken off. Good luck.

Elise said...

Congratulations Pamela! You did a great job and will do another great one to take off this amendment!
You have all my support from Paris/ France!

Yay for you, and BOO HISS to DOC. What's the difference between a dead skunk and a dead bureaucrat in the road? There are skid marks in front of the skunk.

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