NJ State Anti-Iraq Invasion Resolution in Assembly as AR-252
Green NJ Assemblyman Matt Ahearn submitted a draft resolution opposing the war in Iraq to the NJ Assembly. That draft resolution has passed the nonpartisan staff technical review process as an "emergency" intact (other than formatting changes) and was introduced in the Assembly Monday at 1:15 pm Monday, March 24, 2003, as **** AR-252.****
To read the draft text, go to http://worldcrossing.com/[email protected]@.1ddc4c76/0.
It is absolutely essential that significant numbers of voters contact their Assembly members demanding passage of the resolution be accomplished "yesterday". To find your Assembly members, go to http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp.
However, the Chairman of the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee told Matt he did not think the Resolution should move as that would be a morale "help" to Saddam!
The draft NJ Assembly Resolution I mentioned (and drafted) yesterday with the help of the links many here provided passed the nonpartisan staff technical review process as an "emergency" intact (other than formating changes) and was introduced in the Assembly Monday at 1:15 pm today as**** AR-252.****
The Democrat Majority, not to be outdone, inserted AR-251 ahead of mine in number since they control such things. However,the prime sponser of that similar measure (Asm. Reed Gusciora) admitted to me today it did not exist yet. To paraphrase Abbie Hoffman "Steal this Resolution" - Please!
Even a lone member of a legislative body can have a heck of an impact when numbers of voters are behind her/him, but I have little faith that the Dems will move either resolution without significant numbers of voters demanding it be done "yesterday". If they think they had to respond to us, we are already winning the battle!
However, the Chairman of the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee told me he did not think the Resolution should move as that would be a morale "help" to Saddam!
Can anyone here organize an E-March on Trenton to "pass A-252 Now!"? Is there a re-mailer site we can set up a form letter on. I have the email address list for the Assembly and Senate.
A real demonstration would be even better, but time is not on our side so anything that can get the attention of my peers in the Statehouse ASAP would be a big help to the world.
I can't do this alone - I need to sleep sometime [LOL].
Matt Ahearn ]
Responding to the growing peace movement and peace sentiment throughout the state, two pieces of legislation were introduced yesterday, Feb. 24th, into the New Jersey State Assembly. New Jersey Assemblyman Matt Ahearn (G-38, Bergen County), introduced one bill, AR-252. Three Democrats, Reed Gusciora (D-15, Mercer), Loretta Weinberg (D-37, Bergen) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15, Mercer) sponsored the other one, AR-251, and it has been co-sponsored by Assemblymen Payne and Hackett.
To view the five Democrats' version, go to www.njleg.state.nj.us , click on, along the left side, "Bills 2002-2003," and then type in AR251.
The bills are similar. Ahearn's bill calls upon Congress to debate a war resolution before any military action is taken. The Democrats' bill urges that the U.S. work through the United Nations Security Council for a diplomatic solution.
NOW IS THE TIME TO FLOOD OTHER NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY MEMBERS WITH CALLS, FAXES AND EMAILS URGING THAT THEY MOVE TO PASS EITHER OR BOTH BILLS OR A COMBINED BILL RIGHT AWAY! It is entirely possible that these bills will be stuck in committee unless our legislators in the Assembly hear from us in large numbers!!
If you don't know who your Assemblypersons are, go to www.njleg.state.nj.us and click on Members: Find Your Legislators.