Due to the coronavirus, legislative activity on the 2019-2020 ERA resolutions has come to an end. We'll start over next year with new resolutions and legislative numbers. Activity should begin in December. This page will be updated as information is known. The information below refers to the 2019-2020 legislative session.
House Joint Resolution H.3391, filed by Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter, has support of both Republican and Democratic sponsors and currently sits in the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
Two Senate Joint Resolutions were pre-filed for the 2020 legislative session on December 11, 2019. Senator Tom Davis in coordination with Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter sponsored bill S.901. On the same day, the four women of the Senate, Margie Bright Matthews, Mia S. McLeod, Katrina Frye Shealy and Sandy Senn filed S.918. Both resolutions have bipartisan support.
Our postcard focus includes:
- The House Judiciary Committee (30 contacts)
- The Senate Judiciary Committee (25 contacts)
- The Women of the House of Representatives (25 contacts)
- County Legislative Delegations (count varies by county)
Click on the link above to any of the 4 groups to pull up their specific instructions. The info below is suggested messaging and additional information that the host of the party may find helpful.
Included in the count of each of the lists above is a card for the postcard writer's personal legislator. To find that legislator, click here. Then check in the House and Senate to see if that legislator is already a sponsor. The lists above have marked current sponsors with an asterisk (*). A thank you card to them would show your appreciation for their support.
The Salutation for House members should be “Representative” last name.
The Salutation for Senators should be "Senator" last name.
Suggested message to a legislator who is a sponsor might be:
"Thank you so much for sponsoring the ERA. I support equal rights for all!."
If your legislator is a sponsor, something like:
"I am a constituent, and I thank you for supporting the ERA. What can I do to help?"
Special Messages to the Women in the House:
- "Please join your sisters in the Senate by sponsoring H.3391. Finally, equal rights for all!"
- "Please support all women by sponsoring H.3391. The time is now."
- "Please celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage by sponsoring the ERA (H.3391)!".
Generic messages to either Chamber to those yet to sponsor:
- "I support equal rights and I vote. Please support the ERA!"
- "24 Words for Equality. Please ratify the ERA!"
- "South Carolina women, girls and families need the ERA. Vote YES!"
- "I believe in equality for all, and I believe in the ERA!"
- "All citizens should have equal rights under law. Please ratify the ERA!"
And here's a longer message that is important and can be very specific to each Chamber.
“The ERA is 24 simple words. No money needs allocation; no words need reconciliation. Just an up or down vote for equality.” Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter 12/18/18. Please support _____ ! (H.3391 for House or S.901 & S.918 for Senate)
A couple of tips we learned along the way:
- Complete one postcard to show correct placement of information — stamp in the upper right, recipient address in the lower right. The USPS may return to sender if their address placement is not followed.
- You may want to do current sponsors first to keep the message consistent.
- Suggest writers bring their own return labels if they have them (placed in upper left corner) to ease up on writing.
- Handwritten addresses are more personal, but addresses can be printed on suggested label stock.
- Provide good pens for good readability.
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