There were a few bills this week that went through of interest, but I want to focus on two: HCR 79 and HS 1 for HB 162.
HCR 79 is equal parts confusion and patronization. It marks Jan. 23rd as “Maternal Health Awareness Day.” Merriam-Webster defines ‘maternal’ as “of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of a mother.“ Despite the very clear reference to the mother, HCR 79 becomes beyond confusing and ultimately patronizing because it avoids every opportunity to say mother in the actual bill itself. Instead, we see the term ‘birthing person’ used in place of mother … in a bill to supposedly recognize the ‘maternal.’ While maternal was easy to find in the dictionary, ‘birthing person’ has yet to make its way to Merriam-Webster. In this instance, we ought to take a page out of Merriam-Webster’s book and leave ‘birthing persons’ out of it, literally. Yes, lets celebrate maternal health. Let’s celebrate mothers.
- There will be no Session this week as a select amount of legislators meet for the Joint Finance Committee. You can view the JFC hearings HERE. These hearings are important because the state budget for the year is formed during them.