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February 20, 2004
To Our Members,
As you may have heard, Alcor is currently engaged in a serious legislative matter. Representative Bob Stump has introduced a bill to the Arizona House of Representatives that proposes to regulate cryonics. HB 2637 (embalmers; funeral establishments; storing remains) proposes cryonics be regulated under the Funeral and Embalmer's Board and that Alcor's use of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) be stripped.
Although fifty legislators signed on as co-sponsors, we are finding as we contact them one by one that the support for this legislation may be a mile wide, but it is only an inch deep. Most of the co-sponsors with whom we've spoken are saying that they did it as a favor to the sponsor, Representative Stump, and would likely vote against it in its current form in committee or on the floor. We need your help to ensure this likelihood becomes reality.
Attached is the one-page briefing paper that we've been distributing to the Arizona Legislature in PDF format.
We'd like you to choose a few of the talking points listed at the end of this letter which are most significant to you personally, and have you phone and fax your district Representatives and ask them to oppose the bill.
Please also contact the members of the House Health Committee by fax, email and phone and urge them to vote against HB 2637 regarding embalmers; funeral establishments; storing remains. Our hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 9:00 am, so it's imperative that you contact them immediately.
Read below for examples of things to say.
The House Health Committee members are listed below. Any of them can be reached through the toll-free number for the Arizona Capitol, 1-800-352-8404.
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If you receive a response from any of the legislators, please let us know immediately.
In the most polite and non-confrontational but firm way here is what you should say in either email or phone calls:
If you don't know the District number in which you live, you can look this up on the web at: http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm. This form, located in the upper left navigation bar of the website, requires knowing your full nine-digit zip code, which may be obtained from: http://www.usps.com/zip4/. With your District number in hand, you can refer to the House Roster we've included with this letter to find the names of your Representatives. All phone and fax numbers listed are in the 602 area code.
If you have questions about the legislative processes or this appeal, you are encouraged to contact our lobbyist, Barry M. Aarons, or his staff members Jennifer Clark and Christen DuRoss at 331 North First Avenue, Suite #250, Phoenix, Arizona 85003; phone: 602-253-1821 Fax: 602-452-2929; email: aarons123.
Representative Stump is moving quickly, hoping to have this bill passed into law before we are able to react. We need your help to ensure this bill gets killed before it has the chance to damage the quality of care we provide to our membership. Please help us defeat this bill.
Joseph A. Waynick