Virginia SB732, a bill that would nullify certain FDA rules pertaining to experimental drugs for terminally ill patients, is up for consideration in 2015. Take the following action steps to ensure the success of this important bill.
STATUS: SB732 was referred to the Senate Education and Health Committee pending further action. The bill must pass through committee successfully before it can receive a vote from the whole house.
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS – It doesn’t matter where you live in the state, please follow all these steps to support SB732.
1. Call the Senate Education and Health Committee Chair, Stephen H. Martin. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move these important bills forward to a vote in his committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on SB732.
Richard L. Saslaw (D) Vice Chair (804) 698-7535
L. Louise Lucas (D) (804) 698-7518
Janet Howell (D) (804) 698-7532
Stephen Newman (R) (804) 698-7523
Mamie Locke (D) (804) 698-7502
George Barker (D) (804) 698-7539
Ralph Smith (R) (804) 698-7519
Jeffrey McWaters (R) (804) 698-7508
Richard Black (R) (804) 698-7513
Charles Carrico (R) (804) 698-7540
Thomas Garrett (R) (804) 698-7522
J. Chapman Petersen (D) (804) 698-7534
John Cosgrove (R) (804) 698-7514
Lynwood Lewis (D) (804) 698-7506
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Get the information from them and contact us.
4. Spread the Word. Share this information widely by facebook, twitter, email and other social networks.