A strong day for Rep. Tingelstad
Posted at 5:29 PM on May 12, 2008 by Michael Marchio (2 Comments)
Rep. Kathy Tingelstad (R-Andover) gets the medal for most productive lawmaker today. Two of her bills, HF3371 which would open up access to adoption records, and HF3448, that would regulate gestation carrier arrangements, or surrogate mothers, were approved off the floor.
As you might expect, whenever lawmakers bring up issues of pregnancy, there are a flurry of abortion-related amendments, but none went through.
The Senate has adopted both already, and unless there are some differences the Commish has missed, it looks like next stop is the governor's desk. Its nice to see Rep. Tingelstad, who is retiring, ride off into the sunset with a couple of big pieces of legislation she's sponsored making it through.
The Senate's been in recess for most of the day, but there are rumblings that they may try to pass the some of the budget bills, with or with the blessing of the governor. The House is set to take up the Health Care reform bill that as they recessed a few moments ago, Minority Seifert ominously noted that they didn't need to caucus because they knew how they felt about it. It could be a bruising night here at the Legislature, so check back for the skinny.
Rep. Tingelstad is one of the most under-rated and under-appreciated people in the House -- except by the senators who sponsor legislation with her! I am the senate author of the gestational carrier bill, and let me tell you, she is wonderful to work with, smart, unflappable, and downright terrific! We carried this bill about four years ago, which taught us both a lot about the issue. I am so glad she was able to see her two signature bills to completion this year.
I will miss her next year.
Posted by linda higgins | May 12, 2008 7:49 PM
Four years is a long gestation time for a bill!
I'm glad Rep. Tingelstad was able to see it through so she can leave this as her legislative legacy.
Being 'found' by unknown cousins several years ago was an exciting experience for those of us that like to collect new cousins that we never knew existed because they were adopted in infancy.
Opening access to adoption records may save adoptees some time and money in searching for their birth families.
Posted by Nancy | May 12, 2008 11:01 PM