If you have noticed, the bill number has changed again. The new and final Bill is SB 230 (Senate Bill 230). I have been informed by Senator Wanzenried and Abigail St Lawrence of the following:
"SB 230 has been referred to Senate Business and Labor. I just spoke with committee chair Sen. Sonju, who was very accommodating in scheduling the hearing. SB 230 will be heard at 8 am on Feb. 12. We can start coordinating proponents and let them know the hearing date and time"
Schwa was notified as well through Taylor. She is helping to organize the student advocacy day on the UM campus.
It is now time to "flood the chambers", i.e. the committee room, with supporters. I am seeking the help of everyone that is able to assist on Feb 12 at 8 AM in Helena.
I am seeking an opportunity to speak to the membership of Schwa on Monday at a general meeting. Hopefully we will be able to arrange a breakfast meeting with the Bill sponsors and our lobbyist for 6:45 AM in Helena on February 12. We could arrange a bus from Missoula, but meet anyone for breakfast as well.
At the hearing, not everyone has to speak. However, a sign-in record is made and a pro-con tally is made.
I would like to work with Cathy Off on patient/client testimony.
I will coordinate from here.
Have a great week, Most sincerely,
Al Yonovitz, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA, MAudSA (CCP)
PJW College of Education and Human Sciences
Communicative Sciences and Disorders
The University of Montana