[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - April 12, 2011 - 10:56am -
House Rules Chairman Gary Aubuchon has rejected a proposed resolution – the usually ceremonial and little-noticed celebrations of various events, organizations or people – that would have marked “Birth Control Matters Day,” saying it is too controversial. The resolution, filed for consideration by Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, has a long list of reasons to promote prescription contraceptives, concluding that “in acknowledgment of the fact that prescription contraceptive drugs and devices are an integral part of women's preventive health care services and play an important role in the prevention of unintended pregnancy, April 12, 2011, is recognized as ‘Birth Control Matters Day’ in Florida. The measure, however, won’t be read on the floor. House Rules Committee Staff Director Stephanie Birtman notified Jenne on Monday that Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral, was rejecting the proposed resolution. “Ceremonial Resolutions should express condolence, commendation, or commemoration and should not contain controversial policy statements,” Birtman said in an email to Jenne. “For this reason and pursuant to Rule 5.10(b), Chair Aubuchon does not approve the filing of this billdraft.” It is true that the items are usually very non-controversial to most reasonable people. Some of the resolutions that have been filed this year include a resolution marking Sigma-Zeta Day, a resolution marking “Jimmy Buffett Day,” and resolutions honoring state high school football, basketball and soccer champions.
Tallahassee, Florida - April 12, 2011 -
The proposed "Birth Control Matters Day" is stifled by a Republican representative saying resolutions "should not contain controversial policy statements."
A week after the word "uterus" became an issue at the Florida Capitol, a Democratic lawmaker is being told his proposed "Birth Control Matters Day" is too controversial.
Rep. Evan Jenne of Dania Beach submitted a proposed House
resolution that would acknowledge the role of birth control in
reducing unwanted pregnancies, and thus reducing Medicaid costs.
But Republican Rep. Gary Aubuchon of Cape Coral, who serves as
rules chairman, rejected the language Monday. His staff said
resolutions "should not contain controversial policy statements."
Democrats recently accused House Speaker Dean Cannon of
admonishing Rep. Scott Randolph for using the word uterus in
debate. Cannon said it wasn't the word, rather Randolph veering off
policy debate that broke House decorum. Still, the incident has
prompted many to wear "UTERUS" buttons at the Capitol.