Unfortunately this week I attended funerals in Washington DC that kept me out of the Statehouse for 3 days. While I was in attendance on Tuesday, I voted yes to House Resolution 9 supporting a woman’s right to decide her own reproductive choices, commemorating the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, and the 52nd anniversary of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Full information on the resolution and vote can be found here.
Tuesday was also Mental Health Advocacy Day at the Statehouse. We heard testimony from one family regarding their struggles for finding quality and appropriate care for their grandson. It was heart wrenching testimony and I so appreciate them coming forward to tell their story. It is just one example of the importance of the decision to move mental health under the purview of the house healthcare committee. I firmly believe one's healthcare must be viewed in totality not in individual segments.
The House voted Friday to not move school budget votes to May 23rd as suggested during Governor Scott's budget proposal. Although this effectively kills Governor Scott's education budget plans, I do believe we will continue the important conversation on how to best pay for quality education moving forward.