Read the recap of how this meeting went here.

The 2016 legislative session may have ended, but our work to license CPMs in Kentucky has not ended. Kentucky Home Birth Coalition has been invited to present at the first meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations.  The meeting will take place on Friday, June 10 at 10am EST in room 149 of the Capitol Annex. You are invited to attend!

This meeting will be similar to our previous House and Senate Health and Welfare Committee hearings, but with a few key differences.  With interim committee meetings, no binding decisions are made, meaning that no votes are taken.  However, that does not mean the meeting is unimportant. Interim committee meetings are key opportunities to do work and educate legislators. The more progress we can make before the start of the 2017 session, the better off we will be!

Another key feature of joint interim committees is that they are made of members of both the House and the Senate. While some of the joint interim committee members were on their respective Health and Welfare Committees and thus have some previous familiarity with our topic, for most, this will be new information for them.  At the bottom of this post you can see a list of members of the Joint Interim L&O Committee.

Our biggest strength is OUR SUPPORTERS– YOU! Our grassroots organization is what allowed us to have so much success during the recent session. That is why we need you present at this meeting so that legislators can continue to SEE our support base. Every citizen is invited to attend– moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, those without children, everyone who supports a family’s choice to having a qualified birth attendant of their choice.  Babies in arms or older children are welcome to attend. Toddlers and preschoolers probably won’t enjoy themselves. For directions and parking info, click here.

While legislators spend much less time in Frankfort in the summer, if your Senator or Representative is on the Interim Joint Committee for Licensing and Occupations, feel free to reach out to them with an e-mail or tweet. Let them know that this topic will be discussed on June 11, and that you wanted them to know you, their constituent, care about this issue!