Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Yep, apparently there were 7 substitutes in the making for SB93. The 7th is the one that passed the House Health and Human Services committee today. It's the one that was introduced by Rep. Biskupski, so it's the "good" version of the bill. Yay! It will now go before the House for vote, and if it passes, it'll go back to the Senate for one more vote. Whew. Who knew the legislative process was so lengthy. And I don't even know what's going to happen if either the House or the Senate opposes it. Don't know if that means it'll be dead for good, or if there's room for introduction of yet another substitute, or what? I guess we'll see, the legislative session ends next week (March 5th, I believe), so either way, we're close to the end. :o)


Lari said...

I've been out of the loop for the last little while... How is it the "good" version of the bill? What was the compromise? Please let me know!

Doreen said...

Larissa, it's "good" in that it's a lot less restrictive than the original version of the bill. The original version would have effectively prevented about 90% of the women currently under the care of licensed direct-entry midwives from seeing them anymore. Substitute 7 still excludes some pregnancies, but not nearly to the extend that the original bill did. If you're up to reading legal talk, here are some of the versions proposed.
Original S.B.93
First Substitute that was passed in the Senate and moved to the House
Seventh Substitute, the "compromise" bill